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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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Retired barrister John Triay failed to impress his wife, Maria, with a hat-trick after taking herbal, Viagra-style pills. Triay’s wife claims he became a “sex superman” and performed an impromptu flamenco dance wearing nothing but a hat – not on his head – in front of her and her neighbour on the patio of their […]

IBA demand access to justice drive in Pakistan

The International Bar Association (IBA) is calling on lawyers in Pakistan to take action in the battle to improve access to justice and demanding judges to “stop meddling in politics”. In a report released on Friday, the IBA targets many areas that it believes require urgent action, including terrorism, children and wo-men’s issues, legal aid […]

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