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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 […]

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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

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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Allen & Overy (Johannes Bruski) has advised Praxair on its e397m (£274.2m) acquisition of Air Liquide’s German industrial gas assets. Air Liquide advised by Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe. Allen & Overy (Johannes Bruski) has advised Praxair on its €397m (£274.2m) acquisition of Air Liquide’s German industrial gas assets. Air Liquide advised by Herbert […]

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DAC gets corporate work on Crest Nicholson project

Davies Arnold Cooper’s (DAC) plan to develop its non-contentious practice was boosted last month when the firm secured a lucrative instruction from property developer Crest Nicholson on a £1.2bn regeneration project. Although a longstanding client of DAC’s strong residential real estate practice, this is only the second significant corporate transaction on which Crest has instructed […]

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