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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 average salary for chief executives in law firms of over 50 partners has fallen this year from £192,000 to £188,000 in London and the South East, but has risen from £127,000 to £138,000 in the rest of the country. A survey carried out by recruiters Carter Murray also found that the highest salary package […]

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Strategy consultant Alan Hodgart is leaving Hildebrandt International to set up his own business.Hodgart, a well-known commentator in the legal sector, merged his business Hodgart Temporal with US-based Hildebrandt three years ago. He leaves Hildebrandt at the end of this month.

High Court figures take a nosedive

The financial crisis faced by the civil courts has been compounded by figures showing that the number of High Court claims has dropped by 66 per cent over the last five years. According to figures sourced by media litigation firm Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners, there were 54,543 High Court claim forms issued in 2002, compared […]

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