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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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Sungard in hunt for Asia general counsel

Software company Sungard is looking for a senior lawyer to run its Asia-Pacific legal team after revealing plans to grow and acquire technology companies in the region. The general counsel position for Asia is a newly created role. Howard Wallis, general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, currently oversees transactions in Asia. Last […]

High Court upholds block on disclosure rules

A High Court ruling has kept in place a block on new disclosure rules that would have opened up court files to the public for all cases. At a court hearing this morning, Mr Justice Keith maintained an interim declaration until a judicial review on 2 November. As reported on www.thelawyer.com (3 October), Schillings, representing […]

Diageo shores up in-house nous

Bucking the trend of in-house consolidation, global drinks giant Diageo has moved to expand its worldwide in-house legal function, hiring its first Indian-based regional counsel and creating two new positions in China. The company hired Chetan Nagendra from the Bangalore office of local firm Amarchand Mangaldas. He becomes the fifth Asia-Pacific in-house lawyer for the […]

Media calls in Caldecott to fight disclosure injunction

The Law Society is to face the wrath of the world’s media organisations after it won a last minute injunction on new disclosure rules for court documents. The Times Newspapers litigation head Gill Philips has instructed libel defence specialist Andrew Caldecott QC at One Brick Court to confront the Law Society at Thursday’s High Court […]

Linklaters-KPMG share £5m for two-month job

Linklaters and KPMG are to split a pot of £5m for a two month investigation into the accounts of building company Interserve. In August. Interserve launched an investigation and suspended six senior managers from its industrial services division, which has clients including Heathrow Airport and BP, after finding a £25.9m hole in the accounts. Linklaters […]

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