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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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Spanish firms join with Romanian boutique

Two small Spanish law firms have made the first Iberian foray into the Romanian legal market via a three-way merger with a small Romanian firm. Madrid-based Muniz Bernuy Abogados and Balms Abogados have merged, along with Bucharest-based Mares Mihai Law Offices. The new firm will be known as Muniz Bernuy Balms & Mares. Romanian partner Mihai […]

The three degrees

All readers will be more than familiar with law firm hierarchies, but even Tulkinghorn was not aware that at some firms it even extends to party invites. This Wednesday (31 May) will see Denton Wilde Sapte host its annual press party. Tulkinghorn was of course delighted to be invited, and was even more delighted to […]

LeBoeuf scoops Linklaters project partner

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has made another lateral hire, recruiting a Linklaters partner into its project finance practice. Linklaters project finance partner Scott Brodsky’s departure from the magic circle firm coincides with its record £1.06m profit per equity partner announcement, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (19 April) LeBoeuf’s recruitment follows that of insurance litigator […]

Who’ll be the first to float?

Last Wednesday (24 May) saw the biggest shake-up of the UK legal market for decades move a step closer. And the legislative process is moving unusually quickly: Lord Falconer commented that it was “just seven months” since the publication of the ‘Future of Legal Services’ white paper. Now the joint committee of the Houses of […]

Clarke Willmott takes over Heatons office

In other news, Clarke Willmott has taken over the Birmingham office of Heatons, leaving the latter with just three partners in its Manchester office (The Lawyer, 3 April). Clarke Willmott has acquired three partners and eight associates, including corporate specialists Rob Parry and Paul Wakefield, as well as commercial property partner Jonathan Morton. As part […]

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