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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 […]

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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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Labour eyes US pro bono model

TWO American Bar Association (ABA) projects in Chicago which are successfully increasing public access to justice would be models for the Law Society and Bar Council in the development of pro bono work under a Labour government, says Labour legal spokesman Paul Boateng MP. The ABA Center for Pro Bono attracts lawyers and resources from […]

Launch for Sifa network

Fennell Betson and Michael Kavanagh report The Solicitors for Financial Advice (Sifa) has formally launched its Sifa network for firms interested in developing financial services. “There has been considerable interest in the concept,” says Sifa’s Ian Muirhead. But he does not expect the network to start until after a meeting of the advisory firms panel […]

Third of PI victims 'get no investment advice'

The Law Commission has warned that personal injury victims who win compensation claims often lose out because of poor investment decisions over compensation funds. Accident victims are generally pleased at the time of settlement when faced with large sums of money. But this satisfaction fades “when the reality of long-term ill effects and reduced capacity […]

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