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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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Bristol firm looking for corporate expansion

South-WEST firm Bevan Ashford has recruited a corporate partner to spearhead a drive for new business. George Wilkinson, a former partner at Bristol firm Lyons Davidson, joined the South West firm last week. Wilkinson, 43, who is a specialist in company law, corporate finance and occupational pensions, joined the firm’s Plymouth office which is traditionally […]

Tall order for a tender subject

Compulsory competitive tendering may not have been taken up in local authority legal circles but then it may not have been given much of a chance, say Stephen Cirell and John Bennett Compulsory competitive tendering of local authority legal services has again been thrown into confusion by the results of a review by the Department […]

In brief: Donns opens practice office in a hospital

Manchester law firm Donns has opened its unique office inside the Hope Hospital in Salford. Three staff have been recruited and senior partner Raymond Donn (pictured on left with hospital trust chair Peter Mount) said the office would provide staff and patients with legal advice covering “everything from conveyancing to personal injury”. He added: “We […]

Pensions ace breaks firm into investment

Hewitson Becke & Shaw is opening a new investment services unit, having recruited pensions expert Andrew Lowin from market leader Cripps Harries Hall. Lowin is already at Hewitsons offering corporate pensions management and advice and the firm is “actively” looking for a fund manager to head the private investor portfolio arm, plus a settlements manager. […]

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