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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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Law Society pushes Govt to fund new Commercial Court

The Law Society has thrown its weight behind the campaign for government funding for a new Commercial Court. It is estimated that a new court, built to replace the much derided accommodation at St Dunstan’s House, will cost at least £59m, but no government money has been set aside for the project. “There is a […]

Akin Gump and Shaw Pittman in merger talks

The Washington legal market may be nearing a major shift, as two of its largest firms, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Shaw Pittman, consider merging. It is understood that the two practices have been holding talks for a number of months, though are still some way from securing a full-blown merger. The move […]

Firm profile: Gordons

Until William Morrison Supermarkets retained Gordons (formerly Gordons Cranswick) to advise on its proposed takeover of Safeway, the national profile of the Bradford-based firm was negligible. With the Safeway deal still rolling along, its reputation as a no-nonsense commercial law firm is now spreading beyond the borders of its home county. Gordons played a key […]

Fowl play

US firm Crowell & Moring boosted its London office last week with the hire of Jones Day intellectual property lawyer Alison Crofts. But why is this item, which frankly smacks more of the news pages, popping up in the Diary? Because of ducks. Yes, ducks. Little yellow rubber ones. These are the chaps that apparently […]

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