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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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TAYLOR JOYNSON GARRETT

In the financial year 1999-2000, corporate and finance work accounted for 34 per cent of Taylor Joynson Garrett’s (TJG) total business. Understandably then, at 28 partners and 85 fee-earners, the corporate and finance group is one of the largest in the 49-partner firm. There are 19 corporate finance partners in the group, working under finance […]

Stock Exchange legal head quits

The head of legal at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) has quit his post in the middle of the institution’s fight against a hostile bid by OM Gruppen. Allan Cameron officially left his post on 29 September, but is known to be on gardening leave. Steven Travers, a solicitor at the LSE, will officially take […]

Case study one

Richard Hastings, group legal counsel at Interoute Telecommunications (UK) Richard Hastings left Hammond Suddards, where he was an IT/IP assistant, to take up his role as group legal counsel at European telecommunications company Interoute. Hastings made the move because he sought a more commercial role within his area of expertise. He says: “I love my […]

Making the in-house move

More than ever before, private practice lawyers are being actively recruited to move in-house. Despite the potential salary cut, many are tempted by the promise of shorter working hours, a relaxing environment, no time sheets or billings, greater job security and the opportunity to become more commercially involved in the running of the business. But […]

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Lee & Priestley has acquired fellow Yorkshire practice Marklands, a niche commercial property firm. It also operates in trusts and probate. Lee & Priestley has offices in Leeds, Bradford, Pudsey and Yeadon.

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