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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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Pinsents tightens AIM stranglehold as downturn hits market capitalisations

Pinsent Masons continues to lead the way in terms of the number of AIM clients, with DLA Piper and Norton Rose having lost ground since the last quarter. According to the latest data from Hemscott, DLA Piper, which was previously ranked second, has lost three clients over the past three months, while Norton Rose has […]

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Simmons copies Linklaters by slashing client count

Linklaters by slashing client count” />Simmons & Simmons is planning a Linklaters-style strategy of cutting the ­number of its key global clients in the wake of the financial crisis. Simmons has rethought its plans following the loss of key clients such as Lehman Brothers and ABN Amro. Under the current three-year plan, which comes to […]

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Offshore offensive

A stringent new offshore tax bill in the US, backed by Barack Obama, could have serious implications for any territory that finds itself on Washington’s blacklist. Stephen Platt reports On 22 September in a speech on the stump, Barack Obama said: “We lose $100bn [$62.97bn] every year because corporations get to set up mailboxes offshore […]

DLA Piper loses China specialist to Katten

US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has hired a DLA Piper corporate partner in Chicago to lead its China practice. Feng Xue joined Katten this week after two years at DLA Piper. He has previously worked with several other well-known firms in Shanghai, Beijing and Chicago including Altheimer & Gray and Bell Boyd and Lloyd, where […]

Web Week: 10 November 2008

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. Marketing Brand Russell Brand of course has a long history of causing mischief and offence. Back in 2002, years […]

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