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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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Exporters air their beef about exclusion

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Birmingham four go next door

John Malpas reports A BIRMINGHAM set has been hit by the defection of a quartet of criminal barristers, including one of its most senior tenants. The barristers, led by Stephen Thomas, have moved from 8 Fountain Court to its neighbour 7 Fountain Court. The defection follows the recent death of 8 Fountain Court’s long-standing head […]

In brief: MacRoberts does most deals in Scotland

A Scottish business magazine has named MacRoberts as top legal adviser in Scotland by value of deals done. The firm completed deals totalling £1.4 billion in the past six months to win the accolade from Scottish Business Insider, which surveyed lawyers, accountants and banks.

Watchdog lawyer on the move

Consumers Association senior lawyer Keith Richards, the author of the damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice, is to leave after 10 years for a newly-created in-house post at the Association of British Travel Agents. Barrister Richards becomes Abta’s first head of consumer affairs on 1 September, heading two departments – […]

Peter Bullock considers a landmark appeal ruling in IT law.

Peter Bullock is a partner in the IT department at Masons. The Court of Appeal’s judgment in St Albans v ICL is probably the most important IT law decision this decade. Three issues arise for those involved with commercial software development contracts. First, the software under consideration was undergoing development and a defect caused loss […]

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