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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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Werkmans loses Jo'burg partner to White & Case

US firm White & Case has poached a senior South African lawyer, John Janks, from leading South African firm Werkmans to join its Johannesburg office. Janks is the firm’s first appointment of a South African lawyer at partner level. White & Case set up the six-lawyer office in Johannesburg in 1995, becoming the only foreign […]

Local govt lawyer leads fight against court closures threat

A small district council legal department has convinced the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to keep two magistrates courts open after a string of closures across England and Wales. Now solicitor Nigel Roberts, who led Wychavon District Council’s successful fight to retain its local courts, is urging other councils not to accept court closures as a […]

Bar Council pilot gives public direct access to Bar

The Bar Council is set to launch a pioneering scheme which will enable the public to bypass solicitors when consulting barristers. The “direct access” pilot will be launched at the end of this month through advice centres in Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Cambridge. The barristers’ fees will be funded through legal aid, or privately, […]

HK firms ride stock market rollercoaster

Lawyers in Hong Kong are bracing themselves for more turbulence as the stock market rollercoaster continues. The immediate effect, says Donald Tsun, a consultant at Linklaters & Paines’ Hong Kong office, has been to see some deals put on hold while others have been abandoned. Allen & Overy managing partner in Hong Kong Paul Monk […]

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