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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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Stones Porter exodus continues

Leading housing association partner Chris Smith has become the latest in a series of partners to leave City firm Stones Porter in the past 18 months. Smith is joining the London office of Maclay Murray & Spens where he will be reunited with another ex-Stones Porter partner, Chris Woodruff, who moved there last September to […]

Imro could have contributed to DMG directors' legal fees

Investment regulator Imro has said that the four Deutsche Morgan Grenfell asset management directors suspended from working in the City, following the Peter Young scandal, could have requested that Imro pay their legal fees. Imro suspended the four directors – Graham Kane, Glyn Owen, Michael Wheatley and Paul Ebling – for failing to prevent Peter […]

Litigation Writs 16/6/98

A writ for US$410,12in compensation has been issued by Considar of New York, the owner of a valuable stock of titanium, against Dunstan and Wragg, the owner of a titanium processing factory. It accuses Dunstan and Wragg, a division of Sheffield-based Midgley, of negligence and failing to take proper care of 60 tons of titanium […]

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