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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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Hague harangues PM over legal aid for personal injury

THE TORY leader, William Hague, maintained the pressure on the Government to back down over its legal aid reform plans last week when he harangued the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for withdrawing legal aid from personal injury claims. Hague spoke out against the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine ‘s reform plans during Prime Minister’s Questions in […]

Wielding greater power to ensure fair play

Robert Lindsay assesses lawyers’ attitudes to Labour’s draft Bill which proposes to give the OFT extended powers to regulate competition Labour’s draft Competition Bill, published two weeks ago, went virtually unnoticed by the media. But it will make John Bridgeman, the director general of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), one of the most powerful […]

Couderts in surprise UK merger

US firm Coudert Brothers has taken the City by surprise by taking over specialist London commercial property firm Debenham & Co this week and revealing that it is seeking a merger with a “top-tier” UK practice. Couderts has struggled to make an impact on the City since it became the first US firm to establish […]

Watchdog calls for tribunal chiefs

The tribunals watchdog has warned that many of the country’s tribunals are losing their independence from government because they lack the leadership of an appointed president. In a report, the Council on Tribunals argues that most of the UK’s 78 tribunals should be led by presidents capable of asserting their independence and fighting for resources. […]

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