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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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The 25th anniversary of the IBA Section on Business Law is a good chance to reflect on developments in the practice of law in Europe and to speculate about what the future may bring. Perhaps the most striking changes since 1970 have been the enormous growth in the size of firms and the extent to […]

No factions in council

An item appears on the front page of The Lawyer, 28 November which creates the wrong impression. We have been anxious to ensure that the work of the Law Society Council is unhindered and a much-needed programme for reform is pursued for the benefit of our profession. When each of us was approached by our […]

Employment In The NHS

I like this book. It is packed with practical advice, untrammelled by too many references to cases or statutes. It is very much a market-focused work and seems more designed for human resources professionals in the NHS than for lawyers. The book aims to provide a practical examination of the law relating to employment and […]

Firm plays its cards right with credit deal

Clifford Chance broke new legal ground when it advised on the UK’s first-ever credit card-backed securitisation. A team headed by finance partner Chris Field acted for MBNA International Bank, the second-biggest credit card issue in the US, in a £207.5 million securitisation of credit card cash flow (receivables). “It was a highly challenging transaction in […]

A name for the dotted line

I have seen a copy of the letter written to you by David Keating and others relating to the Presidents Reform Group. I wish to accept their invitation to be named as a signatory to that letter. JB Pickup Council member Moss & Haselhurst 2 Castle Street Northwich.

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