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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: Queen's Counsel applications

The Lord Chancellor has invited applications for appointment as Queen’s Counsel. The applications are open to advocates who hold, or are entitled to exercise, full rights of audience in the High Court or Crown Court. Forms and Notes for Guidance, are available from David Stobie, Lord Chancellor’s Department, Room 6.33, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London […]

Clerks reject paper's 'outrageous' claims

Justices’ clerks are furious over a Sunday Express newspaper article alleging that clerks are advising magistrates to be “too lenient on thugs”. The story, which the Justices’ Clerks Society (JCS) calls “inaccurate, outrageous and mischievous”, claims clerks are advising magistrates to hand out light sentences because of fears they could be financially liable in the […]

In brief: Trainees' book eases jump to practice

Two trainee solicitors have written a book to bridge the gap between academic legal study and the practice of law. Gerald Montagu, of Macfarlanes, and Mark Weston, of Allen & Overy, pooled their skills to write The Legal Practice Companion after completing the Legal Practice Course and then moving into private practice. Former Law Society […]

English law schools skimp on ethics training, says academic

THE BAR, Law Society and law teachers are falling down on ethical training, claims a legal academic. And he says the English bodies are putting out misleading information on the extent to which the subject is taught. Delivering a paper to last week’s International Bar Association conference, the University of Warwick’s Roger Burridge said English […]

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