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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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Virgin territory

The British Virgin Islands has recently introduced legislation aimed at satisfying international regulatory requirements, and more is planned. By Stephen Moverley Smith During the late 1990s a number of low-tax jurisdictions, including the British Virgin Islands (BVI), were the subject of a concerted campaign by a number of pan-jurisdictional entities, such as the EU, the […]

Project and serve

Amec’s shift from construction to a primarily services-based company is a strategic switch that has come good. Jodi Bartle reports on its progress Amec, a hybrid project management and services company comprising engineering, construction and projects, sports the dubious claim of being one of the largest UK companies currently in Iraq, having won lucrative power […]

Shaw Pittman opens in Taiwan

US firm Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwanese firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu joined Shaw Pittman in April and will head the Taipei office, which will primarily be advising clients on intellectual property issues. “We’re here today because we believe the future of […]

Beachcrofts attracts Hammonds employment ace

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has scooped an employment partner from Hammonds. Harmajindar Hayre joins Beachcrofts from Hammonds’ Leeds office, where he was a partner for a year. His arrival strengthens Beachcrofts’ growing employment practice both nationally and in Yorkshire. The firm now has 13 employment partners nationwide and a large team of assistant solicitors. Hayre does both […]

Govt puts diversity drive into gear

The government last week announced a new consultation designed to increase diversity within the judiciary. Launched by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer and the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, the consultation has been welcomed by the Law Society and the Bar Council. Proposals include reforming the appointments process for judges to encourage diversity and allowing […]

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