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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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– The BBC has promoted Valerie Nazareth, a senior lawyer in its programme legal advice department, to become the team’s new head. She will succeed Glenn Del Medico, who retires in August. – Leo Abse & Cohen has restructured its private client department, resulting in the appointment of a new head of residential conveyancing. Heather […]

Cooley Goddard loses partner of 10 years

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has taken its second Cooley Godward partner in as many months, this time for its IP practice. Kathryn Wheble, a partner for 10 years at the firm, will move to Kirkpatrick’s San Francisco office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 June

Clementi warned that independence is critical

The legal profession last week welcomed Sir David Clementi’s ‘Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services’, but warned against compromising lawyers’ independence. Clementi asked for opinions on three regulatory models, as well as complaints handling and alternative business structures. The consultation period ended last Friday (4 June). None of the professional bodies support the Financial […]

Private equity partner joins Wragges exodus

Wragge & Co has lost its fifth partner in six months, with private equity partner Peter McLintock quitting to join the Birmingham arm of Midlands rival Hammonds. McLintock, previously a senior legal adviser to venture capitalist 3i, is leaving the Birmingham giant to head up Hammonds’ Midlands private equity practice. Confirming McLintock’s resignation, Wragges senior […]

Bird & Bird targets French independent for partner drive

Bird & Bird’s Paris office has taken on its second new partner within a month, recruiting the head of public law from French independent August & Debouzy. Jean Dominique Bloch will lead Bird & Bird’s public law team, and has been joined by two assistants from his former firm. With the hires, Bird & Bird’s […]

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