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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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As a relatively small country, and one which is heavily dependent on inward investment, Ireland has always been affected by outside economic influences, and the IT sector is already feeling the effects of the downturn in the US economy. For instance, Ebeon, a technology firm based in Dublin, was recently forced to cease trading, making […]

Wessing seeks consultancy remedy as merger splits firm

German firm Wessing is bringing in a UK consultancy to rescue it from crisis as partner dissent threatens to split the firm. Disagreement over whether to merge with a UK firm has caused division within the firm and forced a group of partners from the Munich and Hamburg offices into secret negotiations with Bird & […]

Heleniak awaits Shearmans vote

New York firm Shearman & Sterling will vote this week to appoint M&A lawyer David Heleniak as its new senior partner. Present incumbent Stephen Volk has been in the role for 10 years, and under the firm’s partnership deed is allowed to serve only two five-year terms. Heleniak, whose clients include Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, […]

Hall takes over at Gordons Cranswick

Leeds-based Gordons Cranswick has shaken up its management structure by appointing a new senior partner. The role, which up to now has been split between two people, will be taken on by litigation partner John Hall. Former incumbents Richard Wilson and David Coates are quitting the partnership to take up consultancy roles with the firm. […]

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Are too many individuals being channelled into bankruptcy, when there are alternative routes to recovery? With bankruptcy becoming more acceptable in our economy there is now less stigma attached to it. As a consequence, there is a potential danger that the advice given to individuals in serious financial difficulties may be to declare themselves bankrupt […]

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