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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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Hextall Erskine profits lead to exits

Insurance practice Hextall Erskine has lost four partners as sources close to the firm claim that its profitability is faltering. The head of insurance and reinsurance Bill Jarvis has joined niche City practice Elborne Mitchell. His move follows the departure of leading professional indemnity lawyer Stuart White and fellow partner Davina Haydon, who both left […]

MoFo joins forces with Tokyo firm

The Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has formed a joint venture with a local firm, allowing it to provide domestic advice for the first time. The US firm has been in Japan since 1987. Under Japanese law, foreign firms are allowed to give domestic advice only through a joint venture, but the firm […]

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Just what did Lord Irvine mean by extending a 15 per cent pay rise in legal aid rates to just the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) while ignoring the Law Society’s own family law panel? Many family law practitioners believe that the Lord Chancellor is cutting costs and relishing an opportunity to have a pop […]

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