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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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In brief: Young solicitors discuss quality of life

The London branch of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group has met with Young Solicitors’ Group chair Andy Unger to discuss quality of life in the legal profession. The meeting, held at Wilde Sapte’s new Fleet Place offices earlier this month, included input on control over hours, more flexible approaches for fee-earners, use of technology, and team […]

Bar pilots 'new partnership' with solicitors

THE BAR aims to promote a “new partnership” with solicitors, introduce a university-style pupillage clearing house, and encourage use of modern management techniques during the course of next year. It also hopes to put in place a “speedy and affordable” complaints procedure, modelled on the Solicitors Complaints Bureau, by 1996. Peter Goldsmith QC, the Bar […]

In brief: New PSA chair to fight for patent reform

Fighting London’s corner as a centre of intellectual property law excellence is the priority of the newly-elected chair of the Patent Solicitors’ Association. Taylor Joynson Garrett partner Richard Price will be working for reform of procedure in the Patents Court to help it compete with increasing competition from specialist courts in Germany, the Netherlands and […]

Belfast students in discrimination case

THIRTY-FIVE final year students from Queen’s University in Belfast have started an action in the Irish High Court in Dublin against the Incorporated Law Society, the Irish State and the attorney general. They allege discrimination. The students claim they cannot become solicitors in the Irish Republic unless they sit an examination which law students with […]

In brief: Tods Murray moves under one roof

Scottish law firm Tods Murray WS is expanding by moving to adjacent offices in Edinburgh’s Queen Street. The move now brings the firm’s office space to almost 24,000 sq ft, comprising four interconnecting buildings. Charles Abram, chair of the firm’s managing board, says the move will put the entire firm under one roof.

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