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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Cold-blooded contract billers

Who says lawyers are reptiles? Possibly Black Country firm Higgs & Sons, which clearly spotted a kindred spirit in a recent deal. The firm not only acted for the trustees of the reptile sanctuary Proteus on the acquisition of nature reserve operator Critters Farm, it press released its cold-blooded connections. According to corporate partner Nick […]

Exchange Chambers makes triple swoop

North West set Exchange Chambers has hired three new criminal tenants. The three, all junior barristers, bring the number of tenants at Exchange to 82, including 12 silks. Mark Ainsworth, a junior of 13 years’ call, comes from Peel Court Chambers in Manchester, where he has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service. Meanwhile, Louise Whaites […]

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Sports boutique Onside Law has been launched by former lawyers from Clifford Chance and sports marketing group IMG. It has already landed Malaysia Airlines as a new client. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (31 March), the firm, which will focus on sport, fashion and entertainment, has been launched by ex-IMG in-house lawyers Oliver Hunt and […]

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