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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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A new, improved Merseyside

Looking like he has just jumped out of the cockpit of a gleaming Spitfire, Jim Davies is an unconventional legal luminary in Liverpool. Davies set up Davies Wallis Foyster in the city in the late seventies – at a time when decent legal chaps simply did not do that sort of thing, eventually becoming the […]

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No longer do music lawyers have briefs, they have “gigs”. Such is the flow of “stars” wandering in and out of the Royal Courts of Justice, that it is taking on the appearance of Wembley Stadium. Thankfully, those nice young men from Oasis (a rock and roll band from Manchester M’lud) secured a settlement on […]

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WILL 1999 be the year of City law firm mergers? I think not. To begin with, lawyers hate change. Some of the recent rejected merger attempts demonstrate the point. While merger was strongly backed by “management”, the partners just would not vote for change. This was not based on strategy, it was simply a “no” […]

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New Act will slow divorce proceedings

SOLICITORS Family Law Association (SFLA) chairman David Salter is warning that the end of quick divorces in England and Wales will cause international clients to “forum shop”, or seek divorce abroad. The Family Law Act, due to come into force next Spring, replaces the existing fault-based divorce laws with “no fault” provisions, which require couples […]

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