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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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Courting the world

At the beginning of November, the Lord Chancellor’s Department announced that it had hired big-gun consultants Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini to look into the business case for creating a new Commercial Court in London. The stated objective underpinning the proposal is “to increase the use of the UK as a global centre for […]

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The new Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure of Information in Criminal Proceedings are an attempt, says the document, to strike “a fair balance between the respective needs of the participants in the investigation and trial process”. The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 introduced a new scheme for the disclosure of information by the prosecution, […]

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