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Loading NIS directive 2.0 for higher cybersecurity protection

Given that the landscape of threats has significantly expanded, it comes as no surprise that the European Commission has proposed a revised version of the Directive concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union.


Hoon lawyers 'fixated' on legal aid

Geoff Hoon has told lawyers legal aid is not a priority for the public, because the profession is “not terribly popular”. Speaking at a Consumers’ Association (CA) debate last week, the minister of state at the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) accused lawyers of becoming “fixated” on the availability of legal aid. “Lawyers are not terribly […]

Mathews grasps MDP nettle, but to what avail?

At last the Law Society makes a decision. Or at least half a decision. Law Society president Michael Mathews says multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will be up and running by the year 2000. For once there was little wishy-washy talk. Mathews clearly likes the concept of MDPs and wants to push them through. But he only […]

Morgan Bruce head quits for DJ Freeman

The head of Morgan Bruce’s London office has quit the firm to join DJ Freeman. Corporate partner Graham Barber joins DJ Freeman this week – exactly the same time as Morgan Bruce merges with Cole & Cole to create a 92-partner top 25 firm. Barber – one of two representatives on Morgan Bruce’s executive board […]

Herbert Smith cashes in on Bangkok

Herbert Smith has poached Henry Uscinski, Couderts’ head of international arbitration, to head up its new Bangkok office – set to open later this month. Uscinski will spend half his time in Bangkok and the remainder in his Hong Kong base, where he will head Herbert Smith’s international arbitration practice. Jonathan Pyne, who rec-ently joined […]

Australian state gives green light to MDPs

Multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) are set to be legalised in Victoria, Australia, after a report backing a liberalisation of regulations for lawyers and accountants was tabled in the state’s parliament last week. The report, by the Victorian Legal Ombudsman’s office, suggests removing the current ban on profit-sharing between the professions and on lawyers entering into agreements […]

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