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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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New hope for officers after Hillsborough

Police officers who lost a damages claim for post traumatic stress syndrome contracted as a result of their involvement in the Hillsborough football disaster are hoping to benefit from last week’s out-of-court damages settlement awarded to other officers who were at the incident. Simon Allen, a partner in Russell Jones & Walker, the firm acting […]

Bar concedes defeat over dual role

THE Bar Council has had to admit it cannot force barristers to disbar if they qualify as solicitors. The Bar Council’s hand was forced after barrister Sally Hughes began practising as a solicitor last year and refused to voluntarily disbar, the usual practice for barristers becoming solicitors. The Bar sought counsel’s opinion and was advised […]

A question of scale

Charity administration has undergone massive changes during the past few decades and this has raised questions about the role of the charity trustee. For example, should the trustee be paid for work which is, by definition, of benefit to the community? Whereas trustees would have been heavily involved in the management and implementation of policy […]

BLA is alive and kicking

Andrew Lockley expresses the hope that the Solicitors Association will “fare better than its predecessor, the British Legal Association” (The Lawyer, 28 May). That might suggest to those who do not know, that the BLA is defunct, but this is far from the truth. Under its recently elected chair, Alex Alagappa, it is now firing […]

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