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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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Susan O'Brien is losing patience with incompetent lawyers

Susan O’Brien One of the trickiest opponents to deal with is the incompetent solicitor. You rightly expect your opponent to try to make life difficult for you as a means of advancing his client’s case. It is your job to recognise the strategy and deal with it. This is quite different from a failure to […]

Simmons comes under fire for role in Railtrack dispute

CITY firm Simmons & Simmons was attacked at the TUC conference in Blackpool for apparently advising rail chiefs to sack striking signal workers without notice and to face the legal consequences. But the firm declines to be drawn into a public row with unions over the affair. National Union of Journalists general secretary John Foster […]

Rival franchise groups floated

THE LAW Society is setting up a system for on-going consultation with franchise-holders as practitioners debate whether or not to set up a break-away association. Birmingham solicitor Graham McGrath is floating the idea of an independent organisation to represent the interests of franchised firms. “Clearly the interests of those who are not franchised may be […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: FIONA BOYLE

The European chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association (Acca) – the world’s largest association of in-house legal counsel with 11,000 members – is to debate whether to take a stand against multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). Acca will tackle the thorny issue at its fifth annual European conference, which is being held on 5-6 October in […]

Finucane action could reveal military intelligence details

THE WIDOW of murdered Belfast solicitor Patrick Finucane is proceeding with a legal action which could reveal further details of British military intelligence involvement in Northern Ireland. The case will be closely watched by the NI Law Society, human rights groups and Belfast solicitors concerned by the killing. The action is at the exchange of […]

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