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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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Michelmores in second Foot Anstey raid

South West firm Foot Anstey has lost a second team to local rival Michelmores, including board member Vanessa Priddis. Family partner Priddis joins the firm as head of the childcare team, along with associates Rachel Cook and Sarah Back. Priddis ­specialises in childcare abuse cases, surrogacy and adoption work. The departures come after Foot Anstey […]

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Bristows names new senior partner, Rowles retires

Bristows has elected corporate partner John Lace to the post of senior partner. Bristows names new senior partner, Rowles retires” />Bristows has elected corporate partner John Lace to the post of senior partner. The firm’s current senior partner Michael Rowles will retire at the start of November but will maintain his links with the firm […]

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Let’s get together

I’ve lost count of the number of times lawyers and law firm consultants have predicted consolidation in the UK legal market. The concept appears to be so devoutly wished for that it has virtually been elevated to a moral imperative. So why hasn’t it happened? One reason is that lawyers are simply too ­conservative to […]

Simmons axes 27 staff in three-year wages review

Simmons & Simmons has made eight lawyers and 19 service staff redundant ­following ;a ;three-year review of its wage bill. The drive led to cuts in the IT and secretarial teams over the three years.A review of fee-earners saw eight associates leave, 35 lawyers sent on secondment and 15 lawyers, including two partners, ­relocated to […]

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