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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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39 Essex St gains commercial director and six more tenants

Leading construction, commercial and public law set 39 Essex Street hasappointed its first chambers director, lost its third tenant in two months,and at the same time is gaining six new ones.Michael Meeson, partnership secretary dealing with operational managementat City firm Rowe & Maw, will join the set as chambers director inSeptember.The new role for Meeson, […]

Boesebecks partners quit over Lovells merger talks

German law firm Boesebeck Droste is losing partners as it continues todiscuss a merger with Lovell White Durrant, as revealed in The Lawyer (5July).Dr Manuel Lorenz, a partner in Boesebeck Droste’s banking and financegroup, has quit the partnership and is understood to be heading for Baker &McKenzie.He follows hot on the heals of Dr Claudia […]

Tax silk sued for 'bad advice' over church alcohol sales

whoseearnings are reported to put him in the “million pounds a year club”.This is the second negligence action against Goldberg in as many years.Last year, he successfully defended an action brought by Matrix Securities.The Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trus-tees Incorporated accusesGoldberg, a tenant at top tax practice Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, of givingthem bad advice […]

Top movie lawyer quits after landmark victory

The executive vice-president and general counsel of United InternationalPictures (UIP), the worldwide movie distributor, is standing down afterachieving a landmark ruling from the European Commission (EC).US lawyer Brian Reilly, who has been with UIP for eight and a half years,is taking the unusual step of moving to Costa Rica.He will become general counsel of Nueva […]

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Imperial Chemical Industries Plc (ICI)

Last week ICI announced it would axe 600 jobs in the next 18 months,which should seem like a drop in the ocean for a company that boasts 50,000 employees. But the redundancies are a natural development for a company which was lumbered with a debt worth millions when it bought a £4.9bn stake in Unilever’s […]

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