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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 14/04/98

Football club’s duty to player Kieron Brady v (1) Sunderland Association Football Club Ltd (2) Leslie Howard Boobis, FRCS (3) Dr Simon James Paul England (1998) QBD (Buckley J) 2/4/98 The plaintiff was a highly promising young football player contracted to the first defendant, Sunderland Association Football club Ltd. He experienced problems with his right […]

Making the SIF figures add up

THE LAW Society and the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) have reacted furiously to last week’s claim by The Lawyer that a table attached to the society’s indemnity insurance consultation paper is flawed. Most firms on the table would do better sticking with SIF rather than insuring on the open market. We believe the figures are […]

Lovell White Durrant and Freshfields make up half of partners abroad

Both Lovell White Durrant and Freshfields have shown their determination to expand internationally by making up nearly half their new partners in overseas offices this year. Lovells made up its largest ever number of partners 23, 10 of whom are based overseas. Its total number of partners now stands at 163. Seven of Freshfields’ 17 […]

Fladgate Fielder exodus grows

Fladgate Fielder is midway through an exodus of lawyers that will see a total of 14 fee earners, including seven partners, depart from the firm in a matter of months. Last week The Lawyer reported that two partners, John Russell and John Bates, were leaving the firm’s Basingstoke office to join Winchester firm White & […]

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