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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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The International Libel Handbook – a practical guide for journalists

In his foreword, Ian Hargreaves talks about “fair business risk” and here we are looking at a newspaper’s approach to libel rather than a book or magazine publisher’s. But all publishers have to insure themselves. And a libel underwriter is not interested in “fair business risk”, but whether publication would be a fair insurance risk. […]

In brief: Honorary doctorate for prison inspector

The chief inspector of prisons Judge Tumim will this week receive an honorary Doctor of Law from Oxford Brookes University. Tumim, who will leave his post at the end of October, was called to the Bar in 1955. In the past he has acted as a Circuit and County Court judge and is currently a […]

Financings

Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising ING Bank as arranger and underwriter of the $97 million project financing for the Gul Ahmed power project in Karachi

Financings

Ashurst Morris Crisp advised Westminster Health Care Holdings in its one for four rights issue to raise £33.7 million net of expenses. Baring Brothers Ltd were the underwriters

One of the president's men, probably

“WATCH out for the Sir Humphries,” is one of the pieces of “helpful” advice the new Law Society president Martin Mears received from a supporter. So impressed was the president with the tip that he decided to include it in his column in the Law Society Gazette. It was a clear jibe at the Law […]

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