UK200: Commoditisation and consolidation

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Law Firm Survey 2018

By Giles Murphy Finding and retaining those talented individuals is becoming more difficult. Not only must law firms contend with traditional rivals, but also with new entrants, such as the Big 4 accountancy firms. At the same time, firms are looking to shore up their businesses with increasing specialisation and geographic expansion. Mergers and acquisitions […]

Legal technology: Looking past the hype

Did the expression “UK Legal Tech Landscape” once make you excited and now make you groan? Increasingly you are not alone. Overblown promises and a lack of clear solution-based thinking has driven confusion and disillusionment with legal technology. This is due, in part, to the fast pace of change in the legal industry and the […]

Approval of changes in Debt Arrangement Scheme in Scotland

By Rob Aberdein In August 2018 Rob Aberdein explained proposed changes to the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) in Scotland. The legislation enacting those changes has now been approved by Parliament and the new regime will come into force on 29 October 2019.  The legislation and guidance can be viewed here.

ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the Data Protection Act 1998

By JP Buckley The ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the previous Data Protection Act 1998. It applies where the breach was before 25 May 2018, when the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. We have seen from recent enforcement action that the trends continue… data protection and security is not […]

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Vinson & Elkins hires former Salans international arbitration chief

Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has hired Salans’ former head of UK international arbitration, George Burn, from Dentons to join its London office. George Burn joins V&E as an international arbitration partner having previously worked at two of the three legacy firms that merged to form Dentons earlier this year. He became a partner at Salans […]

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Vinson & Elkins loses first Shanghai partner following closure announcement

Sidley Austin has becoome the first firm to benefit from the imminent closure of Vinson & Elkins’ (V&E) Shanghai office, picking up energy partner Tju Liang Chua. Chua will join Sidley Austin in Singapore as a partner in its international energy practice. V&E announced plans to close its Shanghai office last week (12 July 2013), […]

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Cripps looks to dominate Kent with Vertex Law merger

Tunbridge Wells-headquartered Cripps Harries Hall will merge with fellow Kent firm Vertex Law at the end of September. Property-focused Cripps, where real estate contributed 43 per cent of turnover in 2012/13, is taking over a firm best known for corporate and commercial matters in a deliberate bid to better balance its client offering. Cripps’ managing […]

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