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The Digital Business Report

With the UK renowned as a global technology leader, we are led to believe that organisations across Britain are digitally advanced. Innovations like artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation are evidently making an impact but the reality is that many businesses are unable to grasp the basics of digital tools like the Cloud. Some aren’t […]

Multi-disciplined law firm looks to Laserform to replace its existing forms package

Taylor Rose switched to Laserform from Advanced after experiencing difficulties with their existing supplier. The firm needed a system which could easily be adapted to meet the needs of some of their more complex cases without incurring heavy costs. Business Challenge Taylor Rose was originally using another forms package, but staff grew increasingly frustrated with […]

A step towards compulsory alternative dispute resolution?

By Lucy Shepherd and Chris Burchill The Court of Appeal has held that the courts have powers to make parties subject to a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) without their consent. Background ADR essentially refers to all methods of resolving disputes other than by court proceedings. The case of Lomax v Lomax concerned Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE), […]

Busy lenders’ monthly round-up – September 2019

By Deborah Sheldon Each month we summarise the latest news and developments in retail mortgage lending and regulation. This month in summary:  News AirBnB fines for letting without consent Consultation on ending no fault evictions Revaluation deferral causes steep rise in business rates arrears Blurred lines: when employees’ social media posts are your concern Lending […]

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