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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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Leading human rights silk Tim Otty QC is set to join Blackstone Chambers just six months after he quit 20 Essex Street to join civil rights set Doughty Street Chambers. Otty defected to Doughty Street in February with a view to expanding his international human rights work. His arrival at Doughty Street was seen as […]

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Nokia Siemens hires HP legal chief as general counsel

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has hired Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Europe legal chief as its general counsel. Joyce Norcini has left her role as HP’s general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and will join NSN on Monday (2 August). Norcini takes over from Sirpa-Helena Sormunen, who was installed as acting general counsel following the […]

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Law firm partner loses retirement age appeal

Firms can legitimately retire partners at 65 as long as the action is justified, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The ruling comes as the Government announced plans to scrap the default retirement  age (DRA) as early as October 2011. Lawyer Leslie Seldon, whose firm Clarkson Wright  & Jakes (CWJ) made him retire when he […]

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