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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 […]

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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TLT opens in London with boutique merger

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Barrister found liable for £167K overcharge

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has won a case securing repayment of £179,000 from a specialist e-commerce barrister who was overpaid more than a decade ago. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has won a case securing repayment of £179,000 from a specialist e-commerce barrister who was overpaid more than a decade ago. Alastair Kelman, a barrister who […]

Lawyers in France all set for Alternext

French lawyers are gearing up for the launch of Europe’s answer to AIM. Alternext will be launched on the Bourse de Paris (the French stock exchange) on 17 May, and firms are already beginning work on potential flotations. Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office is one of the first firms to announce that it has a […]

Lovells names new corporate chief

Andrew Skipper has been confirmed as Lovells’ new head of corporate, taking over from Hugh Nineham. Skipper who was voted in by Lovells’ partnership yesterday (12 April) has also become a member of the firm’s international executive, which has responsibility for developing Lovells’ strategy across is practice areas and regions. Lovells corporate practice now also […]

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