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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 […]

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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 […]

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 under CPR 71 – Court of Appeal

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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Wine and dine MPs, says Law Society

Solicitors are being encouraged to take their local MPs out to lunch as part of an initiative to turn lawyers into successful parliamentary lobbyists. Addressing a mini conference “Getting the best out of Government”, organised by the South West regional office of the Law Society, Chris Philipsborn, the Law Society’s parliamentary officer, said effective local […]

Top solicitors join Bar

TWO high-profile solicitors from very different legal fields have joined well-known chambers after deciding to transfer to the Bar. Stephen Cragg, the Public Law Project’s most senior solicitor, and Linklaters & Paines partner James Flynn are the latest solicitor converts to the Bar. Cragg has taken up a pupillage at the civil liberties set 2 […]

An advocate of training

I was interested to see the Focus article on advocacy training published in The Lawyer 13 August . The College of Law strongly agrees that advocacy can be taught. We have found trainees making the same faults as those listed in your article and we have seen others which Michael Bowes no doubt also will […]

A think-tank is the solution

The Law Society has been seen as an easy scapegoat on which to blame the perilous state of the High Street law firm. But the reasons for the problems being faced by many practices are far more complex. Basically too many solicitors are chasing too little work for which they are inadequately qualified. And if […]

In brief: Museum appoints Halliwell Landau

Manchester-based Halliwell Landau has been appointed legal adviser to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. “Halliwell Landau was chosen to provide all legal services to the museum in view of the firm’s breadth of expertise and commitment to service,” said museum director Patrick Greene. Halliwell partner Geoffrey Shindler will lead the legal team […]

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