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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 […]

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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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Edge Ellison hires IT guru

IT and telecoms specialist, Oscar Rowlands – who headed up Sabre’s legal department for Europe, Middle East and Africa – joins Edge as a partner. He will join the law firm’s nine-lawyer Technology Law Group whose clients include Dolphin Telecommunications, Mindshare Digital and Blue Wave Systems. Rowlands, who holds degrees in both law and computer […]

Macfarlanes proposed head of litigation leaves the City

MacFarlanes’ head of litigation is stepping down after 10 years, and at the same time his intended replacement has announced his resignation. Tony Thompson, a highly rated partner in both litigation and employment law, will relinquish the running of the department to litigation partner Willie Manners. Manners will take over from 1 January 2000. Litigation […]

Clarke Willmott poaches partner

Leading south-west firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has poached a property partner from rival firm Battens. Nick Francombe will join the Taunton office of the Bristol-based 43-partner firm, sparking a decision by Battens to close its office in the Somerset capital. Fellow Battens partners Nigel Gosden and Russell Pearce have also decided to leave the […]

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