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Complications of spinal surgery – has Pomphrey changed anything?

By John de Bono QC The short answer is no but feel free to keep reading. In Pomphrey v Secretary of State for Health the Claimant’s claim for damages in respect of the non-negligent complications of spinal surgery failed. His argument was that for a period of 10 months prior to surgery he had symptoms […]

Illuminating dark data

What is Dark Data? Dark data can refer to electronic information within an organization that is not easily searchable or accessible. This means that it is likely to be in an unstructured format, unclassified, and likely unmanaged by current information governance solutions. Every year, new chat apps gain popularity, huge volumes of data move into […]

A critical evaluation of ediscovery vendors – five hard questions everyone should be asking

Law firms and corporate legal operations departments frequently leverage ediscovery technology to effectively and efficiently respond to litigation, investigations, due diligence, or regulatory requests. With the big data boom, a rush of ediscovery software solutions have flooded the market to address the need for handling enormous volumes of electronically stored information (ESI). At the beginning […]

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When Simmons & Simmons revealed in June that it had boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 20 per cent, smashing its £600,000 target by £47,000, we all wondered just how the firm had done it (TheLawyer.com, 30 June). This week’s announcement goes some way to answering that question. As managing partner Mark […]

Heller gives Orrick momentum

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe King of vultures is growing all over the place Where there is a loser, there is usually a winner. So far, in credit crunch terms, most of the winners are hard to ­pinpoint. But in the aftermath of the collapse of Heller Ehrman, the most successful vultures are already making themselves […]

Linklaters curtails client base to focus attention on major players

Linklaters curtails client base to focus attention on major players” />Linklaters is in the process of slashing its client base in an attempt to reduce conflicts and focus its ­business solely on large global entities. Managing partner Simon Davies, who is leading the project, carried out a similar exercise at the beginning of the decade […]

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