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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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Australian appointments

Top five Australian firm Clayton Utz has taken on Paul Armarego as a partner and Wal Jurkiewicz as a senior associate.

New DPP vows to fight low morale

David Calvert-Smith QC, the new Director of Public Prosecutions, admitted the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is “underfunded” and pledged to reverse the “morale problem” among its staff after his appointment last week. Calvert-Smith, a former First Senior Treasury Counsel resident at Queen Elizabeth Buildings, and chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, takes over from Dame […]

Lords to examine builder's VAT dispute

Roger Pearson says an appeal to the Lords by builders Redrow could have serious implications for home-buyer incentive schemes. Tax lawyers and home builders will be closely watching the forthcoming House of Lords appeal involving the Redrow building group and HM Customs and Excise. The case, which should be heard before Christmas, centres on the […]

Lawyers at play

Race horses, exhibitions, concerts and conferences are all sponsored by firms. But now Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has taken the concept to new heights. At the Cheltenham festival of literature the firm sponsored Chris Patten, the ex-Tory MP and former governor of Hong Kong. He gave a sell-out talk about his new book about […]

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