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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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New inquest ordered into inmate's death

The investigation of deaths in custody is in the spotlight after the High Court quashed a suicide verdict, says Roger Pearson. The death of a prisoner at Bristol Prison is to be the subject of a new inquest ordered by the High Court. The case is one which lawyers say focuses on the important subject […]

DAC loses banking team to Osborne Clarke

Department chief Chris Sykes joins as a partner and will head up the banking group at his new firm. He is accompanied by partner John Hayward and two assistants.- Akmal Ghauri and Celena Ong – who also join the banking department. The departures leave DAC with just two banking partners – John Nelmes and Paul […]

Olswang abandons EMI role after conflict fears

Olswang is bowing out of advising EMI on its bid for the new generation of phone licences after concerns over crumbling Chinese walls. The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin’s consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer’s Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference (The Lawyer, 17 January). However, because it is acting […]

Osborne Clarke in DAC banking raid

Osborne Clarke has poached most of the key players in Davies Arnold Cooper’s banking department . Head of banking Chris Sykes, partner John Hayward and senior assistants Akmal Ghauri and Celena Ong will join Osborne Clarke’s banking team in March. Now only two partners, John Nelmes and Paul Webster, and two assistants are thought to […]

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