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Law Firm Survey 2018

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 […]

Legal technology: Looking past the hype

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 […]

Approval of changes in Debt Arrangement Scheme in Scotland

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

By JP Buckley The ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the previous Data Protection Act 1998. It applies where the breach was before 25 May 2018, when the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. We have seen from recent enforcement action that the trends continue… data protection and security is not […]

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Hodgart and Edge merge with Canadian consultants

A new management consultancy firm has been launched by six principals of Edge International, independent UK consultant Alan Hodgart, and Canada-based Tim Leishman. Kerma Partners began work last week (Friday 1 December) and will offer advice in the UK, US, Canada and Germany to law firms, accountants, architects, banks and other professional services firms. The […]

CEO or no for Littleton?

Littleton Chambers is looking for a new chief executive. So far, so dull. However, the twist in the tale is that the incumbent, David Douglas, hasn’t actually resigned yet. A year ago, Douglas turned up at Littleton’s annual general meeting with a proposal. He suggested that the set started to look for someone to replace […]

MOP and Weil advise on biggest Irish deal ever

Dublin’s Matheson Ormsby Prentice (MOP) is celebrating winning a role on what is thought to be the biggest-ever cross-border acquisition by an Irish company. The $5bn purchase of US textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin and the related acquisition of Irish interactive educational software publisher Riverdeep by HM Rivergroup closed last week. The Irish firm won Riverdeep […]

United States

The UK and US are moving in tandem in many respects, not least in the way their respective financial regulators deal with potential threats to market stability. In the US, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is examining hedge funds and the Department of Justice is exploring whether anti-competitive behaviour exists among private equity houses. […]

Irwin Mitchell fights government’s age discrimination stance

Irwin Mitchell is facing the government in the High Court today (Wednesday 6 December) on behalf of people over 65 who want to carry on working. Partner Andrew Lockley is acting for Age Concern’s membership organisation for those in or near retirement, Heyday, which is challenging the government’s implementation of the European directive on equal […]

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