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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 […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers represents patient undergoing CJD treatment

In a novel case, the Court of Protection has endorsed the human administration of a potential treatment for sporadic CJD, before the product has undergone any clinical trials. Bridget Dolan QC, instructed by the Official Solicitor, represented the incapacitous patient at the centre of this case. He is now to be the first human recipient […]

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.

Opening a family office in Jersey

What is a Family Office? Whilst by no means the sole definition, a very useful one is provided by the Family Office Council, a membership group for single family offices, which defines a single family office (and our focus here is on those and not multi-family offices) as a private organisation that manages the investments […]

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CC returns to take Euro M&A crown

Clifford Chance has retained its position as top legal adviser in European M&A according to preliminary figures published by Mergermarket for the third quarter of 2005. The magic circle firm advised on 189 deals worth Eu 196.8bn, Eu 47bn more than magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which ranked number 2 after advising on 147 […]

Wood Wharf hands £2bn Docklands deal to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner‘s (BLP) star head of real estate Robert MacGregor has landed the most coveted real estate instruction this year, advising the Wood Wharf Partnership on its £2bn Docklands regeneration project. MacGregor also advised on the neighbouring Canary Wharf development before he defected from Clifford Chance to BLP in October 2004. The mandate on Wood Wharf will […]

Legal Widow

If, like my husband’s, your firm is located somewhere in the outer reaches of Siberia, it is not only cold in winter – and I mean that as much in a metaphorical, Now, Voyager sense as in the “really wish I’d installed underfloor heating when we did the kitchen” sense – it is also a […]

A&O US law partner quits for Novartis general counsel role

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has raided Allen & Overy (A&O) for its new legal chief. Partner Thomas Werlen, who is a member of A&O’s US law group in London, has quit the magic circle firm to join Novartis as general counsel. He is taking charge of a 100-lawyer team in the company’s corporate headquarters in […]

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