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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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Nishith Desai launches in Silicon Valley

Indian firm Nishith Desai Associates is opening an office in Silicon Valley. It will be the first Indian practice to break into the US high-tech region. The 20-lawyer firm’s first office outside India will focus on helping clients from the US who want to invest in India and vice versa. India is one of the […]

CC thrashes out future management

Clifford Chance’s board is locked in discussions to decide which partners will become the next generation of management. The board spent last Friday (19 January) in a late-night meeting in Hong Kong. One of the topics addressed was the management succession. The issue is the subject of much speculation within the firm. One insider confirms […]

Real Estate and projects

Discovery Properties embarks on joint venture with Bowmer & Kirkland and signs up tenants for new development in £20m deals. Discovery Properties advised by Lawrence Graham (Jon Lloyd and Leona Ahmed). London Borough of Redbridge advised by Dechert (Michael Hallowell).

Linklaters wins top spot in M&A table

UK and US firms witnessed a bumper year for M&A in 2000, despite a 20 per cent fall in deal activity and a marketplace increasingly dominated by regulators. In a survey of European deals completed in 2000 published by Thomson Financial Securities Data, Linklaters & Alliance came top (see table). The firm worked on 221 […]

case study: war on want

War on Want is a registered charity set up to combat world poverty and promote human rights. It is involved in a dispute with the Foreign Office (FO) about the FO’s decision to permit the export of gun parts to Morocco for use in its occupation of Western Sahara. War on Want believes that the […]

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