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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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A&O launches online service with Cygnifi

Allen & Overy has hooked up with JP Morgan spin-off Cygnifi to provide an online legal risk management service. The firm’s involvement is part of an ongoing relationship with JP Morgan. New York-based Cygnifi was established in February when a team left JP Morgan to set up the venture. JP Morgan is an investor in […]

BT shake-up forces redundancies

British Telecom’s (BT) in-house team is facing possible redundancies as part of the business-wide restructuring announced earlier this month. The 250-strong central legal group will be split into a series of different departments, based on lines of business as opposed to legal specialities. The majority of the staff will have to reapply for their jobs […]

the Leader column

One of the great delights of life as a legal journalist (and oh, they are manifold) is listening to law firm strategy. The best giggle is listening to the US firms opening in London whose entire strategy is to hire 300 lawyers. The next best is to hear law firms talk about corporate management as […]

DLA scoops NTL patent case

DLA has been appointed to act on a forthcoming patent litigation case by telecoms giant NTL. The case is at a sensitive stage so NTL was unable to disclose details. It is the first time that NTL has instructed the firm to work on a major piece of patent litigation, although DLA has done a […]

BOOK REVIEW

Business and the Human Rights Act 1998, by Michael Smyth, published by Jordans (ISBN 085308565) Think Human Rights Act 1998 and by now most of us are probably ready to emit a quiet groan. But for all the recent debate about the implementation of the act and, above all, the impact it will have in […]

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