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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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F&C Asset Management’s legal department has completed a customer service survey for external clients and internal users in a bid to measure its performance. Sparked by director of legal services Gillian Switalski, surveys went out to key external clients and 50 top users of the legal function within the organisation. The replies are now in, […]

Bar profile: 4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is an increasingly unusual animal in a consolidating barristers market. It has remained small and prides itself on providing very high quality work in a number of niche areas. Head of chambers: George Bompas QC Senior clerk:David Goddard Total tenants (silks): 25 (5) Total staff: Six clerks, three part-time administration staff Key […]

DLA Piper and Orrick go to court as China row escalates

The bitter feud between DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe over Coudert Brothers’ Beijing office has reached boiling point as the rivals prepare to face each other in court. The slanging match flared up after an associate within the team that defected to DLA Piper filed a lawsuit against Coudert Beijing, […]

WSmiths launches Uruguay operation

Offshore law firm WSmiths has launched an office in Uruguay, which marks its second foreign opening in less than six months. Offshore law firm WSmiths has launched an office in Uruguay, which marks its second foreign opening in less than six months. From September, the firm will have a representative office in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, which […]

Linklaters, Freshfields trail as Slaughters maintains its status as FTSE100 darling

Linklaters, Freshfields trail as Slaughters maintains its status as FTSE100 darling” />M&A powerhouse Slaughter and May is still king of the FTSE100, according to research conducted by Hemscott Group. Slaughters, which topped the Hemscott adviser rankings for the second quarter of 2006, acts for 29 FTSE100 clients, including British Airways, Diageo, Royal Dutch Shell and […]

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