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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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SIF distorting market claims Michael Beloff

Michael Beloff QC has attacked the Law Society’s Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) for restricting and distorting competition under European Community law. Beloff’s advice was requested by the November Group, which is campaigning against compulsory professional indemnity insurance. Beloff also says that SIF is “the creation and puppet of the Law Society” and through it the […]

In brief: The International Bar Association

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute has achieved further success by successfully negotiating the release of Iranian legal scholar Hojatoleslam Sayyid Mohssen Saeidzadeh. He had been detained without charge and denied access to counsel since June 1998. He was imprisoned because of an article he had written arguing for a progressive view of Islam […]

Time to play the field in euroland

Chris Bates, Clifford Chance Haydn Puleston Jones, Linklaters Bill Richards, Lawrence Graham Much has been said about the potential strengths and pitfalls of the euro, now the world’s second-biggest currency. But the creation of euroland, an 11-nation bloc with a population of 290 million and an economic output equivalent to that of the US, is […]

Calvert-Smith puts on a brave face while CCPs quit the CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is facing a massive brain drain of its most senior lawyers following the planned shake-up on 1 April. More than half the country’s 13 chief crown prosecutors (CCPs) will quit the CPS, cashing in on potentially lucrative early retirement and redundancy packages that will cost the service hundreds of thousands […]

Auditor condemns banks for falsifying affidavit figures

Banks are wasting the time of courts and submitting incorrect affidavits as they take cases to recover money from customers, claims a leading bank auditor. Mark Radin, managing director of bank auditors Anglia Business Associates (ABA), makes the claims at the same time as a high street bank admits to errors in an affidavit used […]

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