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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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Advent drops Lovells after Weil raid

The fallout from Lovells’ loss of private equity star Marco Compagnoni to Weil Gotshal & Manges earlier this year continues, with news that the firm has been dropped from Advent International’s legal panel. Private equity group Advent recently updated its European legal panel, placing Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Weil on the roster. It is understood […]

Maclays takes Lewis Silkin partner for IP push

Maclay Murray & Spens has taken on Lewis Silkin partner Gillian Cordall for a push into London’s IP market. Cordall specialises in non-contentious IP work and was a partner in Lewis Silkin’s media brands & technology department since 1999. Cordall’s core clients include interactive media and computer game companies. She will work with IP partner […]

Animal rights activists lose University case

Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, the scourge of animal rights activists, has won another victory for Oxford University against protestors seeking to disrupt the construction of a new biomedical research centre. This morning Mr Justice Holland (26 May) granted an extension to an injunction against activists demonstrating opposite the site. Holland J said the exclusion zone around the […]

East Anglia

East Anglian law firms do not always get same profile as the rest of the South East, but with such a close proximity to London and a strong local industry, the legal market is in a good position to compete with its geographical neighbour. Regeneration is playing its part in providing plenty of work for […]

The Work-Life Quiz by Tim Taylor

Firm: SJ Berwin Position: Head of international arbitration Lives: Notting Hill, London Education: The King’s School, Canterbury; St John’s College, Oxford Work history: 1978: Joined Herbert Smith & Co as an articled clerk 1980: Qualified as a solicitor 1987: Joined SJ Berwin as an assistant solicitor 1988: Appointed to partnership 1996: Appointed head of litigation […]

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