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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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Lightman and Parker join Serle Court as chambers head quits

Commercial set Serle Court has snared Mr Justice Lightman and former Court of Appeal judge Sir Jonathan Parker to ramp up its alternative dispute resolution team. The news comes as the set’s head of chambers Lord Neill is standing down to make a move over to 20 Essex Street, where his brother Sir Brian Neill […]

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Several stories in this column over recent weeks have focused on the aggressive growth strategies of numerous firms in New York. But it’s not just private practice firms that are out in packs hunting for lawyers. Thanks to the ever-more stringent US regulatory regime, lawyers are increasingly becoming in demand as compliance officers in major […]

Firm profile: Rickerbys

In the heart of Gloucestershire, niche firm Rickerbys is busy recruiting. The 20-partner outfit specialises in commercial and private client work, capitalising on its community relationships to win new clients. “A lot of our private client work comes through recommendations from other professions in the area,” says managing partner Anne Compton. The firm organises seminars […]

SABMiller snubs Lovells for Stibbe

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