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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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Camerons strikes black gold with North Sea oilfields brief

CMS Cameron McKenna has cemented its ties with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) after advising on its acquisition of eight North Sea oil and gas fields from Shell UK and Esso Exploration and Production. A TAQA subsidiary will purchase the fields, which produce around 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. That translates to […]

Government phone tapping called into question by 39 Essex Street win

Richard Clayton QC of 39 Essex Street chambers has won a victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that could force the UK Government to review its policy of ­intercepting overseas calls. The case, which focused on the confidentiality of calls made from within the UK to other countries, was brought by human […]

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Clydes aims for stateside expansion

Clyde & Co is looking to mirror the rapid expansion it is currently enjoying in the Middle East with growth in the US. ‘No conflicts’ strategy is key to US growth Clyde & Co is looking to mirror the rapid expansion it is currently enjoying in the Middle East with growth in the US. The […]

DLA installs new North West heads of corporate

DLA Piper has revamped its corporate practice in the North West by appointing new heads of corporate in Manchester and Liverpool. Jonathan Watkins takes up the newly created Manchester role, while David Cadwallader becomes head of corporate in Liverpool. Watkins said the move was designed to focus on the separate business opportunities in the two […]

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