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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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Bullish market for commercial work

LAW firms are seeing a sharp increase in commercial work in contrast to legally aided or private client work. Nearly half the firms surveyed in accountants Grant Thornton’s 1995 Solicitors’ Inter Firm Comparison found that 1995 was more buoyant than previous years. Over a quarter of firms (28 per cent) saw a decline in legal […]

Finers signs £50,000 deal with Axxia

Central London firm Finers has placed a £50,000 order with Axxia Systems. The order calls for an integrated IT system, comprising networked PCs, a Unix server from Digital Equipment and software to connect the firm’s fee earners to central information resources. At the core is Axxia’s Arista practice management system which includes Fee Earner Desktop, […]

Time for consensus not confrontation

Tony Twemlow is a partner at Cuff Roberts and president of the Liverpool Law Society. Tony Twemlow thinks that divisive Law Society politics serve no one’s interests David Thomas (The Lawyer 23 October ‘Time is ripe for constructive debate’) asked Martin Mears to stop fighting the Law Society Council and start building bridges. I may […]

Financing

The Brough Skerret Law Partnership advised Abtrust Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust on its flotation and the placing of £35 million worth of shares. Herbert Smith advised the sponsors Panmure Gordon and Co.

Stenography and the law

The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) would draw to the attention of London law firms that they are unwittingly breaching Section 25 (1) of the Immigration Act 1971 when they assist in making arrangements for searching or facilitating the entry into the UK of American stenographers to engage in court reporting or the taking […]

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