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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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German firm quits Spain

German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener is to close its Alicante office before the end of the year. The office was opened over two years ago to process Community Trade Mark (CTM) applications at the CTM office, based in Alicante. The firm said it could handle the work from its Munich office.

Linklaters seizes FTSE client as SA giant relists in London

Linklaters is to gain a major FTSE-100 client when South African mining giant Anglo American makes its £6bn relisting on the London Stock Exchange. The firm is taking on one of the biggest ever UK listings – a job that will take its 10-strong team about five months to complete and earn the firm about […]

Lawyers at play

Race horses, exhibitions, concerts and conferences are all sponsored by firms. But now Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has taken the concept to new heights. At the Cheltenham festival of literature the firm sponsored Chris Patten, the ex-Tory MP and former governor of Hong Kong. He gave a sell-out talk about his new book about […]

In brief: Finance barrister heads to Howard Kennedy

Peter Droussiotis has joined London firm Howard Kennedy as head of the corporate insurance group. A barrister and former senior corporate finance adviser with Price Waterhouse, Droussiotis specialises in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, general corporate law and non-contentious insurance.

Insurance lawyers rage against fees

THE Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) has reacted with fury to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s announcement that success fees and insurance premiums will be recoverable by plaintiffs in conditional fee cases. Foil president Martin Bruffell slated the move as “political expediency” and said the group had calculated it would cost the taxpayer “at least […]

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