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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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McDermott wins top German tax team

McDermott Will & Emery’s Munich office has scooped a highly rated team of tax lawyers from German firm Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff. Arndt Raupach and Dirk Pohl, two of the best-known tax lawyers in Germany, have jumped ship, along with counsel Rüdiger con Groll and associate Gero Burwitz. Raupach, who stood down from the equity last […]

Freshfields stands down as appeal hearing pends

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is expected to be granted leave to appeal this afternoon (3 June) against the injunction brought against the firm yesterday by Marks & Spencer’s lawyers Slaughter and May. A hearing has been scheduled at 2.00pm today where the firm’s application to appeal will be heard. It is then expected Freshfields’ appeal will […]

Wragge & Co wins M&S work

Birmingham giant Wragge & Co has scooped a coveted instruction to act for Marks & Spencer (M&S) on the redevelopment of its Baker Street headquarters. M&S turned to Wragges in favour of SJ Berwin to advise the embattled retailer on the ambitious scheme, which is likely to be worth as much as £400m when completed. It […]

Baker & McKenzie revamps partner setup

Baker & McKenzie is set to overhaul its partnership structure and ditch its status as an Illinois partnership. The firm will implement reforms later this year after partners received recommendations in a report following consultations by London partner Gabriel Fisher. At present, and because the firm was founded in Chicago, all Baker’s partners across the […]

Clifford Chance stems partner outflow with lateral

Clifford Chance has made a rare hire in the US, taking on a former deputy assistant director from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). James Hart Holden joins the firm’s Washington DC office from serving at the FTC for 14 years where, most recently, he served as deputy assistant director at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, […]

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