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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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QC deadline day prompts bar complaints

The deadline for QC applications closed on Monday (January 29) prompting a barrage of complaints from harrassed barristers struggling to meet the tight deadline. The QC appointments committee today kicks off the next stage with professional conduct checks and references sought from judges and arbitrators for all applicants. Applicants felt “hard done by” due to […]

Hunton loses corporate partner to theatre

Hunton & Williams corporate partner Peter Kavanagh has quit the firm’s partnership to become business affairs director with the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). ATG has been a client of Kavanagh since 1993, when he advised the group on its first acquisition of a theatre. The group now owns 24 theatres in the UK, including 11 […]

Simmons launches second Dutch office

Simmons & Simmons is leveraging off its financial markets practice to open an Amsterdam office, its second in the Netherlands. The office will initially just have a financial markets capability, with the Rotterdam office offering other practice areas. In March 2006, the firm voted to initiate a dual-office strategy in the Netherlands, as first revealed […]

Freshfields suffers triple finance loss

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s finance team has been rocked by the departure of three partners. Banking star David Ereira is set to move to arch-rival Linklaters, where he will enter the firm’s equity as a plateau partner, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (26 January).Linklaters’ top of equity last year was £1.32m, compared with Freshfields’ £980,000. In […]

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