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By Giles Murphy Finding and retaining those talented individuals is becoming more difficult. Not only must law firms contend with traditional rivals, but also with new entrants, such as the Big 4 accountancy firms. At the same time, firms are looking to shore up their businesses with increasing specialisation and geographic expansion. Mergers and acquisitions […]

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Did the expression “UK Legal Tech Landscape” once make you excited and now make you groan? Increasingly you are not alone. Overblown promises and a lack of clear solution-based thinking has driven confusion and disillusionment with legal technology. This is due, in part, to the fast pace of change in the legal industry and the […]

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By Rob Aberdein In August 2018 Rob Aberdein explained proposed changes to the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) in Scotland. The legislation enacting those changes has now been approved by Parliament and the new regime will come into force on 29 October 2019.  The legislation and guidance can be viewed here.

ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the Data Protection Act 1998

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DLA has hired three junior partners and a managing associate from Linklaters’s Cologne office. Junior partners Markus Beaumart, Thomas Jansen and Tobias Entzian, along with managing associate Bernd Borgmann join DLA’s Cologne office as partners early in the new year. A Linklaters source said that the role of junior partner in Germany was equivalent to […]

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The Paris office of German firm BRS Rödl & Partner is expanding its French presence by moving offices and hiring a former Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer. Christoph Maurer joined Rödl on 1 October, a week before the firm relocated its Paris practice to new offices near the Champs-Elysées. Maurer comes from his year-long role of legal director for air-conditioning company […]

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