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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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Lathams takes general counsel from GE Capital

Latham & Watkins is bolstering its capital markets practice with the appointment of GE Capital’s European general counsel. Kevin Dunn is joining the US firm as a partner in November after two-and-a-half years at GE Capital leading a team of six lawyers. He was previously a banking partner at Travers Smith Braithwaite. Dunn’s recruitment coincides […]

Eversheds names head of corporate

Eversheds partner Martin Issitt has been appointed head of corporate, taking over from David Gray who has become the managing partner for Leeds and Manchester. Issitt, who joined Eversheds as a corporate partner in 1994, will continue to be involved in a transactional role but will also be responsible for managing the corporate group’s 200 […]

Matrix becomes first set to use paralegals

In what is believed to be the first move of its kind, Matrix Chambers is to employ paralegals. The first paralegal, law student Anjoli Singh, has already been recruited and will join the set in October to work on a major piece of international litigation that will be heard in the International Court of Justice. […]

City interest fades for equity in lieu of fees

Enthusiasm for taking equity in lieu of fees is on the wane following the downturn in the new economy symbolised by the collapse of Boo.com. Where firms at one point viewed the policy as a good selling point to attract the then fashionable dotcom companies, firms are now realising that it pays to be more […]

A good City salary has an added bonus

A commonplace occ-urrence in the City for many years, it has been a long time coming to law firms. Now bonuses have seriously entered our operation, if not yet our culture. Where will it all end? Bonuses for employees in big City institutions frequently see salary levels as only the start in terms of measuring […]

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