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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

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Data protection: sunset of £500k, dawn of GDPR enforcement and horizon of Brexit

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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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SENIOR barristers clashed with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham over the Government’s plans to hand control of the Bar’s professional rules and rights of audience to the Lord Chancellor. Speaking at the conference, Lord Bingham said the system for changing professional rules and rights of audience, which requires the unanimous consent of four designated […]

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