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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&O wins chemical client from Slaughter and May

Allen & Overy has won work from a key Slaughter and May client. Previously, Slaughters was sole principal legal adviser to UK-based chemical company Laporte, one of the largest international life science specialist chemical manufacturers in Europe. But Laporte chose A&O as second principal adviser after Slaughters was conflicted out of the sale of one […]

Litigation Personal Injury 13/12/99

Pyper v Hall: Pyper v MM Bell & Sons Ltd (1999) QBD (HH Judge Simpson) 15 November 1999 Claimant: Female, 43 years old at date of 1995 accident; 47 years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant was first injured in 1986 when her vehicle was hit from behind by another car. She was […]

Financings

Shearman & Sterling represented Morgan Stanley and CIBC World Markets as arrangers on the financing of Apax’s acquisition of Paper Technology from Invensys. The team was led by corporate partner Anthony Ward. Baker & McKenzie

Simmons changes partnership deeds

Simmons & Simmons has changed its partnership agreement to include gardening leave for the first time after losing nine partners this year. Four of the high-level departures took place in the last three months. A source close to the City firm says: “Simmons has just put in place a new partnership agreement which requires six-months’ […]

Flotation

Olswang acted for Greg Middleton & Co, the sponsor and broker on the flotation of LA Fitness on the London Stock Exchange. The Olswang team was led by corporate partner Simon Morgan, assisted by tax partner Mark Joscelyne and property partner Doreen Harris. Berwin Leighton acted for LA Fitness and certain selling shareholders with corporate […]

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