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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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Commitment to diversity bags Reed Smith top Sara Lee place

Sara Lee Corporation has promoted US firm Reed Smith to the top tier of its panel, due in part to the firm’s commitment to promoting racial and sexual diversity. Sara Lee, which manufactures a broad range of underwear lines such as Wonderbra and Playtex, as well as food and household products, has moved into the […]

DLA hires Pinsents’ IP head to lead Birmingham push

DLA has stolen Pinsents head of intellectual property to kickstart its Birmingham IP practice. Highly rated partner Marie McMorrow, who is head of both Pinsents IP and automotive groups, will join DLA on 6 December, bringing with her senior associate Colin Leech. Her clients include Avon Cosmetics and Unomedical. The move signals DLA’s push into […]

Four enter the fray to become DWS chief exec

Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) forthcoming chief executive elections will feature four candidates, it emerged last week. The possible replacements for Virginia Glastonbury are: Martin Kitchen, a former member of DWS’s consultation committee; former Denton Hall managing partner Jonathan Tatten (left); financial institutions head Howard Morris; and regulation chief Robert Finney. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 17 […]

Morton Fisher set for merger with Gwynnes

West Midlands law firm Morton Fisher is to merge with Shropshire law firm Gwynnes to create MFG Solicitors. Subject to due diligence, the merger will take effect from 1 February. The new firm will have 24 partners and 200 staff in 10 offices across the region. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 15 November

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