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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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Litigation Writs 3/3/98

Janice Ward of Northolt, is suing Northwick Park and St Marks NHS Trust of Harrow. Her husband Mark Ward died on 22 September 1994. Her writ accuses the trust of negligence and breach of duty at Northwick Park Hospital. The claim is being brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous […]

UK/Aussie forum

The Anglo/Australasian Lawyers’ Society will be launched in London on 3 June and in Sydney on 16 July. The aim of the organisation is to provide a forum for lawyers to exchange ideas and information between the jurisdictions. Founded by Ian Hunter QC and Garry Downes QC, both of Essex Court Chambers, the society is […]

High Holborn provides a new home for Lovells

Lovell White Durrant’s long search for new premises appears to be finally at an end and the firm is not going to be moving very far. The Lawyer understands that Lovells is close to an agreement with the Prudential to take a lease at the Atlantic House building on High Holborn in London. However, no […]

Govt must centre on the needy

Law centres must play a central role in government reforms, argues Patrick Lefevre. Patrick Lefevre is a co-ordinator at Brent Community Law Centre in North London. As I listen to lawyers arguing in defence of the current legal aid scheme, I can find almost nothing good to say about the current civil scheme. The reality […]

Surely it is time for self-regulation to end?

The Fabian Society – that respected think-tank thought to have Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ear – wants the regulation of solicitors and barristers to be taken over by independent bodies. The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) should be abolished. So long as client complaint handling is linked to the Law Society, the Fabian […]

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