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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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From low life to lawyer

Tulkinghorn has on occasion regaled readers with tales of lawyers’ former lives. Many a failed popstar, ageing athlete or one-time bartender has graced this august page. Few, however, have reached the dizzy heights (or should that be lows) of White & Case projects partner Neil Upton. Before the law beckoned, Upton earned his crust as […]

A&O US law partner quits for Novartis general counsel role

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has raided Allen & Overy (A&O) for its new legal chief. Partner Thomas Werlen, who is a member of A&O’s US law group in London, has quit the magic circle firm to join Novartis as general counsel. He is taking charge of a 100-lawyer team in the company’s corporate headquarters in […]

Wedlake pounces for former Boodles chief

Midtown firm Wedlake Bell has snared rival Boodle Hatfield’s former managing partner after he was ousted from the role during a management overhaul last year.

Arnold & Porter poaches Simmons offshore expert

Arnold & Porter has snared Simmons & Simmons IT lawyer Murali Neelakantan, the key figure in Simmons’ booming offshore outsourcing practice. Neelakantan played a crucial role advising Tata Consultancy Services on its role in the National Health Service’s National Programme for IT in the NHS. He joins Arnold & Porter intellectual property and technology group […]

Equitable escapes libel suit despite ‘negligence’ claims

Ernst & Young (E&Y) has decided not to launch a defamation suit against Equitable Life despite Equitable’s continued claims that its audit work was negligent. Following the settlement of the high-profile battle last week, Equitable chairman Vanni Treves said: “We remained confident of proving that Ernst & Young’s audit was negligent; indeed, even its own […]

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