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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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Reed Smith eyes Texas market with potential Thompson & Knight tie-up

US firms Reed Smith and Thompson & Knight have confirmed they are in discussions over a potential merger. It is the second potential US tie-up to be announced in the last week, after Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe revealed they were in discussions over a potential combination (29 September […]

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Withers to launch Hong Kong law practice with hire of family team

Withers has expanded its Hong Kong offering with the addition of an international family team led by partner Sharon Ser. Ser joins the firm after more than 20 years as a partner with Hong Kong-based Hampton Winter and Glynn. She brings a team that includes associates Rita Ku, Deanna Tam, and Jacqueline Mak, will join […]

GCHQ legal chief leaves for partnership at BCL Burton Copeland

Lincoln’s Inn firm BCL Burton Copeland has hired GCHQ’s director of legal affairs Michael Drury. Drury joins the firm as a partner after more than 14 years with the government intelligence agency, where he was the first full time legal advisor. At GCHQ Drury took control of all legal issues relating to government interception and […]

Brick Court silk defects to Serle Court

Brick Court Chambers silk Conor Quigley QC has left the set to join Lincoln’s Inn chambers Serle Court. The specialist EU barrister, who took silk in 2003, joined Serle Court earlier this month.  It is a rare loss for Brick Court, which last month added commercial and EU barrister Nicholas Saunders to its ranks. Quigley […]

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