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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: 1 Crown Office Row

1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Mark Strachan QC, is moving to refurbished premises at 3 Hare Court. The move, which will take place at the end of the year, will enable all tenants at the general commercial and common law set to be housed on one site.

Birmingham set in recruitment drive

Birmingham set 8 Fountain Court Chambers is on a major recruitment drive after losing barristers to rival chambers. It is believed to be in negotiations with Claremont Chambers in Wolverhampton. Its tenants are understood to have made a group application to join 8 Fountain Court. So far, only four offers are thought to have been […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Law firms have some of the worst credit ratings in the country. A survey of 1.3 million sole traders and partnerships by ICC Information lists 28,000 legal and accountancy firms in the worst 10 per cent. The legal profession as a whole ranks 540 out of the 911 sectors surveyed.

In brief: Berwin Leighton

Berwin Leighton has appointed its first non-lawyer as head of department. Ian Beith replaces partner Bernard Bartlett as head of finance. Bartlett will now concentrate on fee-earning work. Beith was formerly the managing director of structured finance at Charterhouse Bank.

Cobbetts links with ex-council solicitor to win Walsall deal

Cobbetts has worked with a former local government solicitor to win a property deal for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, beating off competition from Eversheds and Wragge & Co. The Manchester firm joined up with sole practitioner and former local government chief officer Robin Mosley in order to pitch for the work. Mosley worked at Walsall […]

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