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Webinar recording: Blockchain and smart contracts

Our Technology & Digital Team, and Partner Sally Mewies held a webinar discussion with Senior Associate Luke Jackson covering blockchain technologies and all the potential they have in the financial services sector and supply chain.

Podast: Proptech – an opportunity not a threat

By Mehar Patel If we take the traditional management of a block of flats as an example: you might have one person collecting rent, feeding that information into an accounts system, chasing unpaid rent, deciding whether to escalate unpaid rents, paying the money to the owner, paying money to the bank. You might then have […]


In brief: Merger forms Dootson Eckersley Hope

Lancashire firms Dootsons and Eckersley Hope have merged to form four-partner firm Dootson Eckersley Hope. Handling property, family, wills, probate and trust, litigation and company and commercial, it has offices in Lancashire, Warrington and Manchester.

Newly-elected Ng vows to improve profession in HK

Barrister Margaret Ng, newly-elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo), said one of her first priorities would be to try to put Chinese state bodies back under the rule of Hong Kong statutes. She told The Lawyer last week that the administration had changed the law to make state bodies, such as the official news […]

Dropout rate: the cause

Having read your recent article and letters concerning the dropout rate of trainee solicitors, may I offer an observation. How many of those who drop out really wanted a career in the legal profession? How many of them showed commitment to the law by studying it at A level or as a first degree? Is […]

Woolf Year 2000 ruling to force SIF contributions hike

Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has told the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to insure firms against claims arising from the Millennium Bug – a move which could lead to a huge hike in SIF contributions. At a meeting last week with SIF chairman Peter Williamson and managing director Liz Mullins, he said it was […]

In brief: Collyer-Bristow compensates with takeover

Collyer-Bristow has quickly covered the loss of three partners from its matrimonial department by taking over niche family law practice S Rutter & Co. Leading matrimonial lawyer Geoffrey Rutter is taking three assistants and a trainee to the firm. The move coincides with the opening last week of niche matrimonial firm, Levison Meltzer Pigott, headed […]

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