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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 […]

Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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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Empty nests

The number of trainees choosing not to stay on at the firm they qualified with has hit unprecedented levels. Firms which are investing time and money in seeing students through to qualification are watching them walk out the door after two years, and the question for any firm must be “what has gone wrong, and […]

Freshfields' Amsterdam HQ poaches top Dutch partner

One of the top competition lawyers in The Netherlands is joining Freshfields’ Amsterdam office to set up a new practice. Winfred Knibbeler, a partner with top Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh, is a leading light in Dutch and European Union (EU) competition law – with clients including banking giant ABN Amro and Ajax Football Club. He […]

Osborne Clarke woos construction partner

Osborne Clarke is poaching a key partner from City-based firm Laytons as part of a drive to expand its construction department. Laytons’ national head of construction John Redmond is moving to Osborne Clarke in May to take up the same title there. Osborne Clarke has no construction partners and only two full-time assistants in this […]

Regus slashes property panel from fifty to two

Regus, the worldwide operator of business centres, has slashed its panel of law firms for property work from 50 to just two. Andersen Legal and White & Case beat off so-called “global” firms to win the tender, valued at $2m (£1.26m) a year, approximately half of Regus’ annual legal spend. Head of legal Tim Regan […]

Dibbs in secret talks to sell Leeds patent office

The future of Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Leeds-based patent division is in doubt as the firm approaches local agencies about buying the department. It is understood that Dibbs is asking patent agents to sign confidentiality agreements which include a non-solicitation clause as it seeks a buyer for the 22-strong patent agent office. Sources say the firm […]

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