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Why trust is the key to success in legaltech

The SRA recently published its Technology and Innovation in Legal Services report. One key feature was improving user trust in legal technology. It’s much more important that you’d think.

“Fire Safety Form” requirements now in force

Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into the Grenfell Tower disaster, the so-called “Planning Gateway One” is now in force. This is one of three gateways, or checks and balances, to regulate the life of a higher-risk building.


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A&O client CSC wins bidding war for Xchanging after topping Capita’s offer

Ashurst, Eversheds and Sullivan & Cromwell all won roles in the bidding war for Xchanging, with Allen & Overy (A&O) client Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) eventually gate-crashing Capita’s deal with the information technology provider. Winning bidder CSC sought advice from A&O partners Richard Browne and Annabelle Croker, with the software provider and outsourcer agreeing to […]


Vinson & Elkins ups NQ salaries to £100,000

Vinson & Elkins has become the latest American firm to raise its newly-qualified salary to £100,000 – a 25 per cent pay rise. The Texas-founded firm, which takes four trainees a year, has bumped up 1PQE salaries by 22 per cent, to £110,000, while 2PQE salaries rise to £120,000, an increase of 20 per cent. First […]


Stone Chambers’ London silk numbers down to two as Hill moves to 20 Essex

Less than a month after downsizing its Singapore office, Stone Chambers has seen the departure of commercial and shipping silk Timothy Hill QC in London. Hill will join 20 Essex Street, which also recently took Gordon Nardell QC from 39 Essex. Stone Chambers saw the departure of Singapore-based barrister Steven Walker in November, at the […]

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Ex-Howard Kennedy boss Dembovsky joins Doughty Street as CEO

Former Howard Kennedy boss Mark Dembovsky has joined Doughty Street Chambers as chief executive, it has emerged. Dembovsky left the firm in late 2013, less than a year after he orchestrated its merger with Finers Stephens Innocent, creating a £39m firm. He joined Doughty Street in late October, replacing former chief executive Robin Jackson who left […]

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RBS delays top-tier panel appointments in wake of GC resignation

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has delayed the completion of its ‘tier one’ panel review following the resignation of general counsel John Collins earlier this week, The Lawyer understands. However the bank has confirmed to its second and third tier of legal advisers, understood to include at least 20 firms, whether they made the cut. A […]

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