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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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In brief: County court users conference

The theme of the sixth County Court Users Association annual conference will be ‘They are your Courts – Use Them or Lose Them’. The event, being staged in Birmingham on 10-11 May, will be chaired by Jeremy Sutcliffe of Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick. Michael Heubner, chief executive of the new court service agency, will address […]

SBA makes record level of awards

MORE than u1 million in awards was authorised last year by the Solicitors Benevolent Association, for the first time in its 138-year history. The association, which offers financial assistance to English and Welsh solicitors and their dependants, has also recorded a deficit of u50,000 for 1994. Association secretary Commander Nick Lorimer says the awards consist […]

A&O partner attacks discovery process

THE DISCOVERY process does little to affect the outcome of litigation in the vast majority of cases, according to a survey by Allen & Overy. A&O partner David Mackie highlighted the findings at Lord Woolf’s final seminar on Access to Justice. Mackie told City lawyers and judges that the existing system was “unsatisfactory” before pointing […]

In brief: Bolton merger forms Fieldings Porter

Bolton firms Fieldings and Porter Hope & Knipe will merge on 1 May. The new firm will practice under the name of Fieldings Porter. The practice will operate from Fieldings’ existing offices in Silverwell House, as well as premises in Blackburn, Westhoughton and Astley Bridge. Fieldings Porter will consist of 12 partners and 20 fee […]

Bank of Scotland trims legal panel

The Royal Bank of Scotland, banker to scores of law firms, has slimmed down one of its specialist legal panels. Routine personal debt recovery work is now being carried out by a handful of practices linked to a computer network. The panel has shrunk from about 35 to just nine firms to take advantage of […]

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