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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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The new competitive dialogue procedure’s ability to untangle complex contracts has made it part of the furniture in the UK’s procurement sector. By Stewart James More than 563 procurements have been initiated under the new competitive dialogue procedure since the implementation of the Public Contracts Regulations in the UK 18 months ago (31 January 2006). […]

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August beckons, and Tulkinghorn is considering his summer reading. As he wandered through the library at Tulkinghorn Towers, his eye chanced upon volumes by the following writers: •Kester Cunningham John: evangelistic author of the interwar years, who converted to an extreme form of Catholicism. bull;Herbert Smith: late Victorian realist, heavily influenced by Émile Zola and […]

BEA Emea general counsel jumps ship

Nasdaq-listed technology company BEA Systems’ legal function has plunged into further disorder with the departure of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) general counsel Nils Breidenstein. Breidenstein, who managed 10 in-house lawyers across Emea from the UK, is yet to be replaced permanently. His role is being filled temporarily by a US lawyer, according […]

Slaughters scores tax win against HMRC

Slaughter and May has advised on a landmark ruling that will see hundreds of companies receive millions in compensation from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Following a 12-year battle, the House of Lords ruled that companies wrongly charged advance corporation tax (ACT) should be able to recover interest on the sums on a compound interest […]

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