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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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B&M in Paul Hastings IP capture

Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The team is led by partner Howard Wisnia and includes associates James Conley, Noel Gillespie, Dave Koo, Christopher Serra and patent agent Lester Anderson. The new group focuses its practice in litigating IP disputes and […]

PwC survey shows UK firms’ poor showing in billing stakes

The ability of UK law firms to bill promptly and collect debts within a reasonable time period has deteriorated since last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) annual financial management survey has revealed. The value of debts older than 90 days among the top 25 firms increased from 19 per cent in 2003 to 24 per cent in […]

Hammonds’ new cleaner gets his mop out

Sometimes the job of a managing partner bears more than a passing resemblance to the role of Victor the Cleaner in Luc Besson’s French classic Nikita. Some of us would pay good money to see Peter Crossley donning a plastic overcoat and dragging an acid bath into a Hammonds partners’ meeting to clean up the […]

Norton Rose pledges time to Free Representation Unit

Norton Rose‘s employment department is blazing a trail for employment representation charity the Free Representation Unit (FRU). The eight-strong Norton Rose team, which includes partners Paul Griffin and Pete Talibart, has agreed to a formal partnership with the FRU that will see each lawyer taking on a case apiece for the unit this year. The […]

The power pack

The renewable energy sector is growing. Patrick Robinson and Ross Fairley report on how UK regional firms are gettng involved Expansion in the UK renewables sector over the past few years has by any measure been astonishing. Many people associate renewable energy with wind turbines, which is testament to the tremendous lobbying work carried out […]

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