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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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Litigation Personal Injury 25/06/96

Walker v Ministry of Defence – QBD 10 June 1996 Claimant: Kirsty Walker, Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Oxygen starvation at birth at military hospital; quadriplegic, effectively blind, severely mentally handicapped, little speech, able to do nothing for herself Award: £1.05 million (agreed damages) Judge: Judge Hordern QC (sitting as judge of the High Court) Plaintiff’s […]

In brief: Dundas & Wilson tucks into receiver work

Dundas & Wilson has been appointed to act on behalf of the joint receivers of the three companies in the Capital Foods Group. Capital Foods operates more than 60 shops in Scotland, employing over 500 staff. The case will be handled by Dundas’ new partners Graeme Henry and Michael Hughes, who are involved in developing […]

Extra stipendiaries pledged to cut delays

The Lord Chancellor is to increase the number of stipendiary magistrates in a bid to reduce delays in the courts. Lord Mackay has introduced a statutory instrument to increase the maximum number of stipendiary magistrates who can sit outside inner London and the City from 40 to 50. Introducing a debate in the Commons last […]

New head of Bar European

Nicholas Paines, of Monckton Chambers, was elected as the new chair of the Bar European Group at the group’s AGM on 12 June. Peter Duffy of Essex Court Chambers was elected vice-chair. Paines first task will be to organise the group’s annual garden party held jointly with the Solicitors’ European group on 4 July. The […]

Ahead in the regions

According to a number of practitioners, the regional PI and medical negligence Bar is “as good as anyone can find and solicitors sometimes come from London for high quality counsel”. The advantage for instructing solicitors is that the local Bar is “just around the corner”. Lawyers are looking for counsel who specialise rather than dabble […]

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