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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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McDermott raids California rivals to boost IP practice

Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery is expanding its Silicon Valley practice by hiring two partners from rival firms. It is the firm’s second round of partner recruitment this year. In January, the firm hired the highly-rated head of intellectual property (IP) Terry McMahon from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in the Valley (The Lawyer, 29 […]

Last Leipzig Gaedertz partners find homes

KPMG Treuhand & Goerdeler and Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner have recruited the last partners to quit the defunct Leipzig office of Gaedertz. Corporate lawyer Peter Krüger, who set up Gaedertz’s Leipzig office in 1990, has joined the German member firm of KLegal International as its Leipzig head. Gaedertz associate Falk Hoffmann, a specialist in administrative […]

Corporate

Européenne de Froid et Services, MC International Group’s holding company, sold to Johnson Controls for euro164m (£101m). The management and Charterhouse, Advent and CDC Equity Capital – all owners of Européenne – advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Thomas Forschbach). Johnson Controls advised by Herbert Smith. Tibbett & Britten sells its Axial automotive business to AutoLogic […]

Real estate

When Berwin Leighton and Paisner & Co announced their merger plans, they made no secret of the fact that the deal was corporate driven. But when it takes effect on 1 May, the firms’ 160 property fee-earners will also be moving in together. Berwin Leighton brings some 22 property partners, double that of Paisner. The […]

Brief encounter: mills & reeve

The Cambridge department of Mills & Reeve is very pleased with itself. With 25 of the company’s 60 partners and 125 of the 260 solicitors, it earns around 50 per cent of the firm’s total £25m turnover. The branches in Norwich, Birmingham and London have got a bit of catching up to do. Even so, […]

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