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Navigating a new reality in the client-empowered era

To thrive in the new era of the empowered client, law firms must make investments designed to modernise the way they run their firms and service their clients. This requires changing culture, developing new competencies, and operationalising new ways of working. Innovative technologies are key enablers to accelerating rms’ transformations in these areas. New research […]

Procurement and state aid update: preparing for Brexit

By David Kilduff, Richard Auton or Richard Butterworth On 13 September 2018, the UK government published further guidance on the future of public procurement in the UK in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. What next for UK public procurement? Under current rules, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement […]

Third-party redevelopment – Landlord may oppose tenant’s lease renewal

By Matthew Lonergan, Lucy Shepherd A recent case has confirmed that a landlord was entitled to oppose its tenant’s lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 where redevelopment of the site was to be undertaken by a third party. Background The case of Santander UK PLC v LPS Estates Ltd concerned the security of […]

Data protection: sunset of £500k, dawn of GDPR enforcement and horizon of Brexit

By JP Buckley In just a short space of time, the ever-evolving world of data protection and cyber has seen yet more change: 1. Potentially one of the last enforcement actions under the Data Protection Act 1998 against Equifax – and a maximum £500,000 fine for them for failing to secure UK citizens’ personal data against […]

Officer of judgment debtor can be committed for failure to provide information – CoA

Deutsche Bank AG v Mr Alexander Vik [2018] EWCA Civ 2011 This judgment is the latest instalment in the long-running litigation between Deutsche Bank (“DB”) and the Monaco-based billionaire, Alexander Vik. In 2008, Mr Vik’s personal investment vehicle, Sebastian Holdings, Inc. (“SHI”), incurred huge debts to DB after it made a series of heavily loss […]

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Clark makes assistant retention a priority

Slaughter and May‘s new senior partner is set to shake up the use of IT to aid fee-earner retention. Senior corporate partner Tim Clark is taking over from Giles Henderson, who has been in the position for eight years. Clark says that he intends to improve the firm’s IT capability to cut down on non-billable […]

Simmons & Simmons set for global management shake-up

Simmons & Simmons is planning a radical overhaul of its management structure to increase representation for its international offices. At the moment none of Simmons’ partners outside London are represented on the firm’s executive, despite accounting for some 25 per cent of the firm’s turnover. The firm has two committees – a strategy committee and […]

Eversheds goes for volume market in management rejig

Eversheds is undergoing a wholesale management shake-up in Cardiff and Bristol, with Cardiff set to spearhead Eversheds’ drive into the volume legal services market. Insurance litigation partner Bryan Hughes replaces David Vokes as regional managing partner. He will run the regional office with new senior partner Alan Meredith, who took over the job last year […]

Linklaters wraps up Jolly deal as hotel sales revive

Linklaters & Alliance has finally completed one of the largest single asset transactions for first-time client Jolly Hotels. The deal involves the £57m acquisition of St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster from US group Strategic Hotel Capital, and turns the tables on a year-long slowdown in investment in the London hotel market. After a period in […]

Asia specific

In simple terms, the world consists of three principal financial elements: the US, Europe and Asia. But looking at the strategies of some firms recently, you would be forgiven for thinking there were only two. While everyone in London is running around seeking out European mergers in a bid to win the eye of a […]

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