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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 […]

Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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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Thomas Miller to slash advisers via e-tracking

Transport insurance service provider Thomas Miller claims to be the first UK-based company to implement a fully electronic legal spend management system in a bid to cull its roster of external firms by 80 per cent. The system has also been acquired by Barclays (as first reported on www.thelawyer. com, 19 February), which is planning […]

BLG relaunches Oxford with Henmans hires

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has poached two partners from Oxford firm Henmans. They will join BLG’s Oxford office, which traditionally was used as a base for support staff. BLG senior partner Richard Dedman said: “It is a significant move for the firm. Physically we have had an office in Oxford for sometime, but it […]

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Cobbetts benefits as Abramovich invests in gold

Cobbetts has landed a key role on the latest acquisition by Russia’s richest man and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich. The Manchester-headquartered firm advised AIM-listed gold miner Highland Gold on the sale of a 40 per cent stake in the business to Abramovich for $400m (£194.5m) last week. Abramovich has bought the stake through […]

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