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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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Lovell White Durrant has won a contract from the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise to advise on a forthcoming public-private partnership. The firm beat off competition from 30 other firms, of which five were invited to tender and three short-listed for interview. Bids were subjected to an economic appraisal to ensure the firm selected […]

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Garretts head of property Keith Barnett acted for Warner Estate in its recent acquisition of a u30m retail development site in Watford which was produced through a three-way deal between Tesco, which owns the adjacent site, Warner and Watford Borough Council. Tesco was represented by Berwin Leighton and Watford Council’s legal department acted for the […]

Linklaters deals forge links in SA

Linklaters is stepping up its South African venture with a series of deals alongside Johannesburg firm Webber Wentzel Bowens. Insiders speculate the three high-profile deals signify a proposed merger with South African firm Edward Nathan & Friedland is “dead”. One deal is the privatisation of South African Airways, for which Linklaters has been appointed lead […]

Stephensons forges European alliance

Stephenson Harwood is forging a pan-European base as it reveals plans to merge with associated firms in Italy and France before seeking a German merger partner. The firm, known for its shipping practice with offices in far-flung locations, is now focusing on the Continent, The Lawyer can reveal. Chief executive John Pike says Stephensons plans […]

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