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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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Lawrence Graham finds new home

Lawrence Graham has finalised its deal for new premises at More London just days before the firm is expected to announce whether merger talks with Tite & Lewis have been successful. The firm has ended its long-running search for new premises by exchanging a lease agreement with More London for 125,000sq ft in a new […]

Shaw Pittman opens in Taiwan

US firm Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwanese firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu joined Shaw Pittman in April and will head the Taipei office, which will primarily be advising clients on intellectual property issues. “We’re here today because we believe the future of […]

Opinion

Concern has been growing over the potential conflicts faced by magic circle law firms when they are instructed to act against a major financial institution. Some major banks are now even stipulating that panel firms must give an undertaking not to become involved at any level against them if they are to retain their place […]

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Disclosure rules could cause chaos say Law Society

The Law Society today (25 October) warned that rushing in new disclosure rules in criminal cases could cause chaos. The society’s warning came after the Prime Minister announced that juries could be told of a defendant’s previous convictions from December. Earlier plans were for the new measures, part of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, to […]

Retention rates at top 50 firms promise stability for trainees

Burges Salmon, Salans and Wragges employ 100 per cent of trainees but attrition still costs £43m. By Gemma Charles One in five newly qualified lawyers at the UK’s top law firms departed last month on completion of their training contracts. This is one of the key findings from the first comprehensive survey of the retention […]

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