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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 […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers represents patient undergoing CJD treatment

In a novel case, the Court of Protection has endorsed the human administration of a potential treatment for sporadic CJD, before the product has undergone any clinical trials. Bridget Dolan QC, instructed by the Official Solicitor, represented the incapacitous patient at the centre of this case. He is now to be the first human recipient […]

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.

Opening a family office in Jersey

What is a Family Office? Whilst by no means the sole definition, a very useful one is provided by the Family Office Council, a membership group for single family offices, which defines a single family office (and our focus here is on those and not multi-family offices) as a private organisation that manages the investments […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jeremy Hill) advised motor insurer Ockham Holdings on its announced placing and open offer to raise £25m. Ashursts (Ian Webb) also advised Numis Securities, the organisation underwriting the placing. The offer is on the basis of 17 new Ockham shares for every 30 existing shares and has to be approved by shareholders. […]

Freshfields ramps up partnership in Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected more new partners to its partnership in Germany than it has in the UK From 1 May there will be eight new partners in the UK, while 11 have been elected in Germany. Three have been elected in Milan, two in Amsterdam but none in the US. Chief executive Alan […]

Landwell fronts global tax fight

Landwell, PriceWater-houseCoopers’ tied law firm, has been appointed lead counsel on a £1.5bn case brought by foreign companies about UK taxation A team led by partner Simon Whitehead was given the lead role at a case management meeting this month.Landwell is representing more than 50 per cent of the claimants involved in the case, which […]

Shock result in Theodore Goddard election as non-lawyer takes over

Theodore Goddard has elected a non-lawyer as a chief operating officer (COO) in place of a managing partner Nigel West, a former banker who currently heads up the firm’s banking and projects group, has been elected to replace managing partner Peter Cooke, who steps down at the end of April.The firm will now be run […]

Luxembourg and the Netherlands face ECJ

The Luxembourg and Dutch governments both face court after breaking a deadline to implement EU free establishment directives The member states were supposed to inform the European Commission (EC) by 14 March as to how they had incorporated the law that allows lawyers the right to work across the EU, but neither has done so. […]

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