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Future of public procurement in UK in the event of ‘no-deal’ 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 […]

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 […]

BVI to implement changes to rules governing SPCs registered under BCA

By Michael Killourhy The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will shortly implement some important changes to the rules governing segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) incorporated or registered under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (BCA). These changes, introduced by the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018 (the 2018 BCA Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 October […]

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Thompsons opens two new offices in expansion drive

Thompsons is dramatically expanding its practice size and scope – three months after a radical shake-up which saw 11 equity partners leave the firm. The trade union and personal injury firm is opening offices in Teesside and Plymouth. Plans for a further office will be announced next month. The number of partners at each office […]

Government to name and shame

The Government says it will name and shame those found responsible for delays in the criminal justice system. Home Secretary Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine and Attorney General John Morris QC formed a united front in presenting targets for speeding up the court process and reducing crime. They presented what is described as the […]

Partners row over US firm's liquidation

A once-leading Chicago law firm has been liquidated in the bankruptcy court – causing a row between the firm’s past and present partners on who owes what. At its height, Keck Mahin & Cate was one of the biggest practices in Chicago, with 350 lawyers nationwide. It ceased trading 18 months ago. It is understood […]

Litigation Writs 5/7/99

Model Marjan Debevere is suing hairdressing chain Toni & Guy in the High Court for more than #50,000. She accuses the hairdressers of using her photograph in advertisements without her permission. Debevere says in her claim that she modelled for the company between December 1993 and January 1995 but that she only agreed to her […]

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