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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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The Equitable Life battle pitted two of the bar’s greatest rivals against each other – Tony Grabiner and Jonathan Sumption. But just before the case got to the House of Lords, Equitable Life switched from Grabiner to Elizabeth Gloster. Chris Brock reports. As most financial advisers will tell you, one of the most important things […]

Australia fails to dominate Asia Pacific M&A top ten

Only four Australian firms have made it into the top 10 of legal advisers acting on Asia Pacific M&A. The Allens Arthur Robinson Group has emerged as the leading firm, advising on deals worth $13.1bn (£8.8bn), according to the half-yearly data compiled by Thomson Financial Securities Data. The rankings are based on completed deals concerning […]

Morgan Lewis loses partner to e-company

Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner John Parker has left the business and finance department to join a new management team at new media and e-commerce company AirClic. Parker joins as executive vice president of business development and legal at the company. He says: “I was working with AirClic as its outside counsel. It is a […]

Eversheds names head of corporate

Eversheds partner Martin Issitt has been appointed head of corporate, taking over from David Gray who has become the managing partner for Leeds and Manchester. Issitt, who joined Eversheds as a corporate partner in 1994, will continue to be involved in a transactional role but will also be responsible for managing the corporate group’s 200 […]

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