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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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Bar Council unveils fees plan

THE BAR Council has drawn up its blueprint for a scheme to regulate civil court fees in a bid to head off the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s (LCD) controversial fixed fees proposals. A Bar Council working party, headed by Roderick Wood QC, has just submitted the blueprint to the LCD in the hope that the department […]

SFLA comes to aid of summer divorce victims

THE Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) has launched a leaflet campaign to promote its members to a wider public audience before the annual surge of summer divorces. The SFLA has launched a national helpline giving the name of the nearest SFLA solicitor, and is distributing a brochure that gives “10 good reasons for choosing an […]

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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/8/97

Merlyn Huw Lloyd Morgan, admitted 1980, struck off 1990, refused restoration to the roll. Morgan, who practised material times in Stratford-upon-Avon, struck off following 14 allegations of mis conduct including delay of conduct of client affairs, failure to carry out terms of retainer, failure to deal promptly with correspondence of Solicitors Com plaints Bureau, failure […]

Lawyers damn Hampel report with faint praise

Robert Lindsay discovers that Hampel raises more questions than he answers. Details of deals should be sent to the City editor, Robert Lindsay. Please include all other law firms acting on deals and the value, where possible. In November last year Sir Ronnie Hampel, the chairman of ICI and the Corporate Governance Committee, got involved […]

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