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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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Snapshot of change

Nobody’s saying a poll is infallible. Even taking the margin of error into account, they can be treacherous things, as the last general election proved. But The Lawyer’s poll on Law Society voting intentions in the coming presidential elections has thrown up some remarkable data. For one thing, of more than 1,000 people who spoke […]

The practice of Murphy's law

It was a baptism of fire for Ken Murphy when he took over the role of director-general of the Irish Law Society two months ago. Solicitors advising on tax were included in the so-called “snitchers” law, section 153 of the Finance Bill, to the society’s horror. Murphy’s task was to fight the clause. And fight […]

In brief: Straight talking firms win Clarity award

Ireland Abrahams, TG Baynes & Sons, Minshall Pugh & Co, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, Lovell White Durrant and Bircham & Co have all been honoured in the first presentation of the Clarity awards. The awards, sponsored by City firm DJ Freeman, reward clarity in legal language. Winning entries included terms of engagement, information on buying […]

Magistrates set to get two-year skills review

BRITAIN’S 30,000 magistrates are to have their legal skills examined in a two-year review by a training supremo appointed by the Lord Chancellor last week. Michael Wooley has been selected to replace the retiring Geoffrey Norman as magistrates’ training adviser at the Lord Chancellor’s Department. A spokesman says that the brief for the job has […]

Litigation Writs 30/05/95

Burglar alarm manufacturers Chubb Alarms is being sued by robbery victim Michael Clarke-Jervoise who lost paintings and antiques worth more than £193,000 after thieves broke into his home in Basingstoke, Hampshire. In 1977, Clarke-Jervoise purchased Clevedge House, in North Warnborough, Basingstoke, and arranged for Chubb to install a burglar alarm which the company then serviced […]

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