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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 […]

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

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Clausen Miller has hired senior solicitor Celso de Azevedo for its London office. De Azevedo, who specialises in South American reinsurance and marine practice, joins from Eversheds. Carlisle-based Burnetts Solicitors has promoted employment specialist Natalie Ruane and family law specialist Amy Fallows to its partnership. David McGill has also been promoted to associate. Mintz Levin […]

Firms threatened with public scoldings

There is yet more activity in the world of… er… complaining about lawyers. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which until this month was known as the Law Society Regulation Authority, is consulting the profession on whether to make its reprimands public. The SRA looks after education and training, indemnity insurance and ethics, and crucially is […]

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