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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 […]

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 […]

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International arbitration

20 Essex Street has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has an exclusive team of 18 leading international arbitrators from around the globe. In addition, the set has 60 barrister members who act as advocates and arbitrators under all of the world’s major institutions’ auspices. The firm’s high-quality silks and juniors deal […]

Ashurst and Bird & Bird among firms to win Santander panel spots

While so many in-house teams seem to be cutting the number of firms appointed to their legal panel, Santander has been doing exactly the opposite. The bank has upped the total number of firms on its main roster from 24 to 30. But that doesn’t mean it’s been giving lawyers an easy ride. The bank […]

Khaitan successfully represents claimant in damaged billets dispute

Khaitan & Co has successfully represented Al Jazeera Steel Products Company SAOG (the claimant), which had entered into an agreement with Shreeyam Power (an Indian entity) for the supply of 2,000 mega tonnes of prime alloy steel billets. The dispute was in relation to consignment of billets that were received in damaged condition from Shreeyam […]

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The long, hard road to Morocco

A diverse range of law firms are now battling for work in the former French bastion The balance of power in the Moroccan legal market has shifted. Whereas the jurisdiction was once the fiefdom of the French, exploiting historic links with the Francophone North African kingdom, it has developed into a multi-tiered market where Anglo-Saxon […]

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