The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

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Law firm survey 2021 – Accelerating change

Now in its 27th year, this 2021 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, shows many law firms have managed to not just survive, but thrive during the recent crisis. The majority of firms are emerging from the crisis confident about the outlook and in a better financial position. However, many also recognise the importance of change, to maintain their competitive advantage, to attract talent and to build the right culture.

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Putting on the sustainability goggles for our future

Could you spend five minutes today to think about what small step you could take to lead a more environmentally friendly life, and could you possibly influence others to also take that same action?

Real estate: Current trends – a contrarian view

Economically, we have looming challenges to the living sector, but we have almost 15 years’ market movement under our collective belt since the last great unpleasantness and perhaps things are different now. Ultimately, it is all about supply and demand (and hopefully a profit element in there somewhere), but let’s look at some of the elements that contribute to that in the housebuilder sector.

Revision of fiduciary regulatory legislation

The Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2000 (as amended) will be repealed and replaced with the Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020 with effect from 1 November 2021.

Ireland launches intellectual property and technology court and reforms IP disputes procedures

A new division of Ireland’s Commercial Court dedicated to intellectual property cases and disputes about complex technology has been established under a revised Order 63A of the Rules of the Superior Courts (revised Rules). The new Intellectual Property and Technology List, a sub-division of the Commercial Court list, came into operation on 22 October 2021.

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Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is suspending its use of the temporary Flex scheme just five months after asking employees to work a four-day week to protect jobs. The Lawyer can reveal that the suspension will come into force at the end of this week and will apply to all members of staff in the firm’s […]

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Property dispute against Clydes gets go-ahead after High Court ruling

Parallel lawsuits against Clyde & Co and Deloitte will go ahead after the High Court ruled that the property dispute can proceed to a substantive hearing. The disputes centre around a property business that came out of insolvency in 2015. The claimants, Rhino Enterprises Properties Limited (REPL) and Askwith Investments Limited (AIL), owned several properties until […]

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