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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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Sullivans hires Stibbe partner

The Paris office of Dutch law firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is losing a corporate partner to US firm Sullivan & Cromwell. Richard Vilanova is leaving the 30-partner practice to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s small Paris office. He specialises in asset financing and capital markets and already does the French component of financing projects for […]

Clifford Chance faces £54m suit over China deal

Southern Energy (Shajiao C) Ltd, a global energy provider and its subsidiary Consolidated Electric Power Asia, are among the five-strong consortium suing the law firm for the alleged breach of the 1991 contract. Clifford Chance, which has built up a prosperous practice in Hong Kong with 130 lawyers advising Chinese companies, grossed more than £440 […]

A VIEW FROM SINGAPORE

We live in changing times. The legal community in Singapore continues to grow, evolve and move forward. Things are different from five years ago, and things will no doubt be different again in another five years. There were virtually no foreign lawyers working in Singapore 40 years ago, while today there are well over 150 […]

North West merger called off

The two North West firms, which have been in talks since April, have abandoned plans of a link-up due to an internal restructuring at Weightmans. In a joint statement, David Wareing, managing partner at Hill Dickinson, says: “Weightmans is in the process of restructuring and in these circumstances moving on to the next of discussions […]

Brief encounter: oppenhoff & rädler

The deal is done. From 1 January 2001 Oppenhoff & Rädler will be known within Germany as Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. The move was confirmed when the partners voted in favour of merging with Linklaters at the end of July. Oppenhoffs formed an alliance with Linklaters in early 1998, and in May 1999 elected Markus […]

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