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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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Ashursts plans US move

Ashurst Morris Crisp has put US capability and even a marriage with a US partner high up on its agenda again, a year after merger talks with West Coast firm Latham & Watkins collapsed over cultural differences. US capability was among topics discussed at a partner retreat in Versailles a week ago. One partner told […]

LCD reports court work decimated

Regional bar suffers as arbitration and mediation work stays in London; High court sees Civil claims drop by 86% The regional bar is adopting the practice of round table discussions in response to an 86 per cent drop in civil High Court claims, reflected in new figures from the Lord Chancellor’s Department. The practice of […]

A Vews from Budapest

The rise and apparent fall of the Budapest Stock Exchange has taken place at high speed. At the same time as the exchange was celebrating its 10th anniversary earlier this year, most thoughts were focused on the depressed state of the market, not all of which can be attributed to wider factors affecting other equity […]

Messer Griesheim

Clifford Chance advised Goldman Sachs as coordinator and JP Morgan, HypoVereinsbank and the Royal Bank of Scotland as arrangers in the largest ever European leveraged buyout. The euro1.65bn (£1bn) facilities supported Goldman Sachs Private Equity’s and Allianz Capital Partners’ acquisition of industrial gases group Messer Griesheim, bought from Hoechst/Aventis.Messer Griesheim operates in more than 200 […]

Lincoln’s Inn wins massive rate rebate

Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn are being paid tens of thousands of pounds each in rate rebates following a recent settlement which reduced rates by up to 50 per cent. After 168 appeals by the 26 chambers of Lincoln’s Inn over five years, of which 12 are outstanding, the Valuation Office Agency agreed to reduce rateable […]

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