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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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The perfect match that never was

The breakdown of the Arthur Andersen/Wilde Sapte merger is bad news for Wilde Sapte, but it is equally bad for Andersens, reports Robert Lindsay. Nick Prentice, head of tax at Arthur Andersen, broke the news to Wilde Sapte’s managing partner Steve Blakeley and banking partner James Johnson at a face-to-face meeting at Andersens’ offices on […]

Couderts Moscow partner defects to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has pulled off a major coup in Moscow by hiring the managing partner of US rivals Coudert Brothers’ Moscow office. Bruce Bean, a US qualified international corporate lawyer, will join Clifford Chance’s five partner and 51-lawyer office as a partner. He will bring a high-profile US and Russian energy industry-orientated practice to the […]

Litigation Personal Injury 9/6/98

Bryant v Wallis & anor – QBD 28 April 1998 Claimant: Graham Bryant, 47 years Incident: Accident at work Injuries: Claimant suffered fractured skull and injuries to right shoulder and neck in fall in 1992 whilst working on roof. He had climbed onto the roof using a ladder but then lost his footing and fell, […]

LCD strikes back at QC

Martin Bowley’s article (The Lawyer, 26 May), accused the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), of intellectual dishonesty, political cynicism and trying to distract attention from the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for legal aid reform by publishing the names of lawyers and firms who have received sums from the Legal Aid Fund. We are talking about taxpayers’ money. […]

Woolf Year 2000 ruling to force SIF contributions hike

Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has told the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to insure firms against claims arising from the Millennium Bug – a move which could lead to a huge hike in SIF contributions. At a meeting last week with SIF chairman Peter Williamson and managing director Liz Mullins, he said it was […]

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