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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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Smiths group

This was a complicated deal for Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) long-term client Smiths Group which follows its £4.5bn merger last year with TI Group. At the time of that deal Smiths did not want the Automotive Systems Division of TI Group to be part of the merger, and TI Group was already trying to sell […]

Shoosmiths partner joins Reed Smith

Newly-merged firm Reed Smith Warner Cranston is taking on another partner from Shoosmiths to boost its Coventry-based corporate practice. David Cranfield is joining from Shoosmiths’ Northampton office, where he had worked closely with former partner Chris Hill, who left Shoosmiths for Reed Smith in January (The Lawyer, 15 January). Cranfield specialises in corporate finance and […]

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Allen & Overy‘s managing partner of litigation Andrew Clark will stand down in the autumn in order to focus on finding the firm a new home when its lease of One New Change expires in September 2006. Litigator and senior partner John Rink will help coordinate the project with Clark, who will be replaced by […]

Nedcor / fleming offshore banking

Nedcor is a historic client for the banking group at Theodore Goddard, where partner Dave Wilson manages the relationship. But this is one of few corporate deals for the client in the UK, and one of the first for corporate partner Martin Chester. Fleming Offshore operates from the Isle of Man and Jersey, and will […]

Merger management Dealing with staff nerves

The time before and after a merger is one of immense uncertainty for employees. Not only are they feeling insecure about the future of their jobs but often their entire remuneration package comes under scrutiny. The best way to deal with this uncertainty is to provide them with regular information. Even if you have got […]

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