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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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Kennedys management clash over Australian strategy

Senior UK management at Kennedys has clashed with its Autralian counterparts over proposals to create a network of offices in Australia. Kennedys launched its first Australian office in Sydney three months ago and have been in talks with Melbourne lawyers about opening another office, according to Asian Legal Business. Sydney managing partner Mark Doepel said: […]

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UNITED STATES The $33bn (£17.7bn) private equity consortium buyout of Tennessee’s Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) was the largest deal of its kind this year. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), Proskauer Rose acted for Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity and Ropes & Gray advised Bain Capital. Sullivan & […]

CAT president Bellamy quits for Linklaters

Linklaters has ramped up its London competition practice with the star hire of president of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) Sir Christopher Bellamy. Bellamy, recognised as one of Europe’s leading competition lawyers, joins the firm’s global competition and antitrust practice as a senior consultant. He will step down from his position at the CAT later […]

Phillips Fox joins up with Perth outfit

Australian firm Phillips Fox is to merge with the Perth partnership of Gadens Lawyers, boosting its presence in the Western Australian city. The merger, which excludes Gadens’ volume banking practice, will help support Phillips Fox’s increasingly international client base following the firm’s tie-up with DLA Piper. Phillips Fox chief executive Tony Crawford said: “The range […]

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