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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 […]

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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Sea, sand and silicon

Devon and Cornwall – for so long dependent on tourism – are now attracting significant investment from the information and communications, biotech and renewable energy sectors. Tim Richards reports These are interesting times for commercial lawyers in Devon and Cornwall. Commercial work in the region is becoming ever-more exciting, with the recent trend toward knowledge-based […]

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The region’s property markets are lively but the affordability gap is large and growing. David Powell and Stephen Rosser report Property markets in the South West are a good deal more buoyant compared with the 1990s, although affordable housing is still a problem. But had someone 10 years back predicted that property would be the […]

CC litigation partner elected LSLA president

Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis (right) has been elected as the new president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), taking over from Lovells’ Graham Huntley. He has been elected for a two-year term following his selection as the LSLA vice-president a year ago. As well as being a member of the LSLA committee, […]

OC names Birt new senior partner

Osborne Clarke London managing partner Tim Birt has been named as the successor to senior partner to Leslie Perrin. Birt, head of the firm’s advertising and marketing services group, will take over from Perrin on 1 May. Perrin announced he was retiring from the partnership after 16 years at the firm in December (www.thelawyer.com, 6 […]

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