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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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In brief: English solicitors

English solicitors are twice as likely to have a complaint filed against them than their Scottish counterparts. Figures released to The Lawyer from the Law Society of Scotland show that only one in 1,000 legal transactions produced a complaint against Scottish solicitors. This compares with one in 500 transactions resulting in a complaint being made […]

Square Mile

The radical slimming of insurance panels which has recently dominated the news pages of the legal press has come as no surprise to anyone who has been involved in insurance related litigation for more than a few years. Five years ago, the loss adjuster community was reeling from a similar tightening of the insurance belt, […]

Don't politicise death penalty

I refer to the interview with Lord Browne-Wilkinson (The Lawyer, 17 May 1999). Enforcement of the death penalty, which is nothing more than state sponsored murder, must be subject to the greatest constitutional safeguards. If one allows political considerations to come into play you develop the situation in the US, where in the year leading […]

Syndicate of firms to offer audit service

A syndicate of medium-sized firms from across the UK have launched a new type of audit and insurance scheme to protect clients from tribunal claims. The Quality Law Group has created an employment protection package called Praesidium, whereby companies pay a fixed annual rate for services rather than paying for advice on a per-hour basis. […]

Scottish bar investigates ex-Rangers chief

Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates, the equivalent of the Bar Council in England and Wales, is investigating whether disciplinary action should be brought against one its members, after he was alleged to have made anti-catholic comments, including, “Fuck the Pope and the Vatican.” Donald Findlay, a senior defence QC, resigned as vice-chairman of Glasgow Rangers Football […]

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