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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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Sears moves firm for more money

Leading travel insolvency practitioner Trevor Sears is quitting Kingsford Stacey Blackwell for Davenport Lyons, giving the firm an insolvency capability for the first time. Sears has been a partner at Booth & Blackwell, which merged with Kingsford Stacey three years ago, since 1973. But last summer he decided to move, predominantly because of concerns over […]

Akin Gump doubles its London partnership

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is more than doubling the size of its London partnership with three new arrivals. Carl Liederman is joining from the firm’s Washington office, while two other lateral hire partners arrive from rival US firms. Jacqueline Maitland Davies is moving to London from Washington rival Williams & […]

Brobeck takes on Milbank Tweed partner

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has suffered another blow to its technology transactions group with the loss of a partner to Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. The departure of David Hudanish to the New York office of the Silicon Valley firm comes just weeks after the head of the group at Milbank, Dan Mummery, jumped ship […]

Taylor steps over Mudd to make Walker Morris managing partner

Leeds stalwart Walker Morris is radically overhauling its management team. Current managing partner Philip Mudd, who has held the position for the last three years, is stepping down at the end of the month. Only one person, banking and insolvency partner Michael Taylor, was nominated for the role. He was voted in on Friday (30 […]

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