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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 […]

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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

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Hardwicke Building, the chambers of Nicholas Stewart QC (left), has been joined by Christopher Bayliss of One Inner Temple Lane. Called in 1986, Bayliss specialises in employment and motor industry law. The employment team now has 10 members. The arrival of Bayliss continues the chamber’s strategy of strengthening its specialist teams by selective recruitment.

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