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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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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, published by Arrow books ISBN0099410672

As both in-house and private practice lawyers wait for the next wave of consolidation to set them new challenges and devour more time, they might set aside a little quality time to read a novel and, if they are feeling guilty that something as frivolous as a work of fiction might not be the most […]

Olswang pioneers corporate finance house for assault on high-tech sector

Olswang has broken new ground in the technology sector by becoming the first UK law firm to set up a corporate finance house. Known as LongAcre Partners, it is to be established as a joint venture with US investment bank JP Morgan. Olswang chief executive officer Jonathan Goldstein says: “With the consolidation of investment banking […]

Steven Fogel

After six years as alliance partners, Titmuss Sainer and Dechert Price & Rhoads have merged. Dearbail Jordan talks to senior partner Steven Fogel about how he will cross that great UK/US divide At first glance, Titmuss Sainer Dechert‘s senior partner Steven Fogel appears to be the antithesis of the stereotypical lawyer. As opposed to having […]

Landwell ups newly-qualified pay in aggressive hiring spree

Landwell, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ tied law firm, is raising its salaries for assistants to keep in line with the magic circle. The firm, which has a turnover of only £14m, is hiking up rates for newly qualified solicitors from £35,000 to the rate also paid by Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy – £42,000. Managing partner Chris […]

Clifford Chance loses German head to Willkie

US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher is to open its first office in Germany by taking Thomas Heymann, former Clifford Chance managing partner in Germany. Telecoms specialist Heymann is understood to be taking a team of IT/telecoms lawyers, including partner Sven Heun and Bernhard von Braunschweig. He is due to start on 1 October this […]

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