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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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Freshfields plans Euro expansion

After its German merger, Freshfields is seeking more organic growth on the Continent with a series of lateral hires. By Abigail Townsend. Freshfields will use its merger with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund as a springboard for a major expansion on the Continent, says Alan Peck, the firm’s chief executive. In an exclusive […]

In brief: Legal Risks Management

Legal Risks Management is merging with Castle Legal Risks, creating the largest provider of before-the-event legal expenses insurance to the building industry. Marketing manager Ian MacLeod says the business is “expanding by the day”, taking on new staff and moving into new areas, including the burgeoning after-the-event market.

Morgan Stanley appoints new chief legal officer

International bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter has appointed a new chief legal officer from Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Linklaters & Alliance and Allen & Overy are among the UK firms used by Morgan Stanley which may be affected by the change of leadership. Donald Kempf is senior partner at Kirklands and specialises in […]

Slaughters advises on Barings damages claim

A trial date has been set for the Barings case in which the former bank is seeking damages of u1bn from its auditors. The case will take place in early 2001 at London’s High Court, five years after the bank collapsed with losses of u860m run up by rogue trader Nick Leeson. Michael Brindle QC […]

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