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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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In-house lawyers are fed up. Employed barristers accuse the Bar Council of, at best, ignoring their needs and, at worst, betrayal. In-house solicitors, meanwhile, claim they are under-funded, and unappreciated, by the Law Society. To add insult to injury, the House of Lords has thrown out the Government’s plan to give in-house advocates the same […]

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We are the solicitors for Mrs Pamela Rosemary White. We have seen the article entitled “Increase in Divorce Pay Out” in the Litigator’s View column of The Lawyer dated 1 March. We would like to clarify any misunderstanding arising from this article. On 18 February, the House of Lords gave both Mr White and Mrs […]

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“He’s not in the office today he’s in the London office.” – The secretary to senior partner of Halliwell Landau, Roger Lancaster, when asked whether Lancaster could confirm rumours that the firm was opening a London office.

Thaine in £2.7bn deal

Colin Thaine is leading a team at Wilde Sapte advising Halifax on the US$4.3bn (£2.7bn) financing of 75 Airbus aircraft for US aircraft operating lessor International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). Finance for the project comes from French lead manager Societe Generale, German lead managers Commerzbank and Hypo Vereinsbank and parallel lender KFW. Of the final […]

Denton Hall extends European network with Swedish alliance

Denton Hall has brought Swedish firm Wistrand into its international alliance – a further sign that northern Europe is becoming an increasingly unified market. Denton International chairman James Dallas says: “It is another important step forward in our drive to become a pan-European network.” Denton International now has interests in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, France, […]

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