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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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A major conference at the end of this will month begin with a murder and end with a debate on the state of legal education. The Association of Law Teachers is kicking off its 31st annual conference with a pre-conference social event – a murder mystery dinner called Murder on the Ocean – at the […]

How infallible is the expert's voice?

Former truck driver Kevin Callan took the legal and medical profession to task last year when he proved that he could not have caused the death of his girlfriend’s daughter, despite being given a life sentence for her murder. Callan spent four years in prison studying neurology in order to prove that four-year-old Mandy, who […]

Eversheds ramps up banking side

EVERSHEDS has headhunted one of Berwin Leighton’s top banking lawyers. David Halliday joined the London office of Eversheds last week. According to managing partner Peter Scott, Halliday came on board “to develop the non-contentious banking side” of the practice. “We are delighted to have his services on board. We were interested in him for his […]

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