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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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Deepak Singh finds a criminal doesn't always forfeit all rights

The desire to strip convicted offenders from the benefit of their unlawful activities led Parliament to pass the draconian provisions of the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986 and part VI of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA) which enables courts to make orders to confiscate amounts equal to the value of the benefit derived from […]

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There have been few times in the past when the valuing profession has been the subject of such intense scrutiny by the courts. Writ after writ seems to be issued by lenders whose loans of the late 1980s have gone into default and who have only been able to realise the security property at a […]

Boodles' south coast team sold to rival

THE SOUTHAMPTON office of London firm Boodle Hatfield has defected en masse to Plymouth-based Bond Pearce. Boodle Hatfield sold the office along with 16 lawyers earlier this month. Just one Southampton lawyer, an agricultural property specialist, stayed on board, moving to Boodle Hatfield’s new Oxford office. The firm has put a brave face on the […]

Home working on the increase, survey says

Technological advances in law firms are increasing the trend for working from home. In a recent survey among 600 firms, 54 per cent of of law and accountancy practice members said they work from home at least once a week. The survey, conducted by law, business and tax publishers Tolley into the working practices of […]

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