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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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Courting the camera

Leading criminal silk Ronald Thwaites QC (right) will appear next week on BBC2 defending a teenage boy accused of stabbing a businessman to death in a mock televised murder trial. Trial by Jury aims to make the trial as realistic as possible and will follow the deliberations of the jury, which is made up of […]

Counting on MDPs

The new Government has surprised its critics as much as its supporters with the energy with which it has struck out on a programme of broad reform. Liberalising the legal profession may not be an issue that leaps into newspaper headlines, but if the Government attacks it with the verve it has shown in other […]

Far East countries head salary league

Lawyers are twice as well paid in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan as they are in the UK, according to a survey released by the consulting arm of legal headhunter Longbridge International. According to the 1997 Salary Research for Lawyers report, compiled from Longbridge’s own database of placements, a two-year-qualified solicitor at a leading UK […]

SIF shortfall now nearly £500m

In a desperate bid to limit the damage of a hole of almost £500m in the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), the Law Society is launching a task force to examine how it can ease the pain for law firms faced with massive hikes in contributions. In a report that shocked the the Law Society’s Council […]

Transatlantic links

Peterborough-based Greenwoods Solicitors has formed an association with US firm Crivello Carlson Mentkowski Steeves (CCMS), based in Milwaukee. Greenwoods has a number of clients in the Milwaukee area, and the two firms worked together on a series of transactions during the past 10 years. Greenwoods managing partner Shelagh Smith commented: “We believe that this sort […]

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