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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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BLG’s Canning quits for Mayer Brown

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Stephenson Harwood in Singapore AIM focus

Stephenson Harwood has ramped up its international capabilities with the launch of a Singapore corporate practice. London corporate partner Matthew Gorman will head the group, which will focus on AIM flotations from Asia as well as building up a full-service corporate team with private equity and M&A lawyers. Gorman said: “Until now we’ve serviced Singapore […]

Judges demand Euro data protection accord

Judges and eminent legal figures across Europe are set to launch a steering group to harmonise data protection for criminal proceedings. The decision to set up the group came out of the Council of Europe Seminar on Data Protection in Criminal Proceedings held in Strasbourg. Procedural law professor Angeles Gutierrez Zarza of Universidad de Castilla-La […]

McDermott loses its way in City as US management keeps shtoom

Last week (17 September) The Lawyer reported on the departure of McDermott Will & Emery corporate rainmaker William Charnley, who defected to rival firm Mayer Brown. His move is the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the US firm’s London office, leading people to speculate that discontent is rife and morale is […]

ITV bags hat trick hero

“I counted them all out and I counted them all back.” Not soldiers, of course, or Chelsea managers, but solicitors out of and into private practice. Today ITV announced that it had enticed LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae partner Andrew Garard back in-house, while Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has recruited BBC lawyer Jaron Lewis into its […]

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