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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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Kamlesh Bahl, former vice-president of the Law Society, told a tribunal last week that a disciplinary hearing in which she faced allegations of bullying was “uncivilised, barbaric and undignified”. The disciplinary hearing took place in December 1999, before the 75-member Law Society council. Bahl is accusing the Law Society of sexual and racial discrimination, victimisation […]

Freshfields rocked by US bank snub By Sean Farrell

Citibank has punished Freshfields because the firm is acting in litigation against the bank over the collapse of a company in Singapore. Citibank’s work is said to be worth about £10m a year in fees to the firm. Freshfields is representing Prince Jefri Bolkiah and the Brunei Investment Authority against Citibank in a complex dispute […]

Channel Islands stay level headed

One often hears that “the market knows best”. It would appear this applies as much to political initiatives – such as the current Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) proposals to eliminate so-called “harmful tax competition” – as it does to purely economic questions. Since the OECD announcement, there has been continuing, and even […]

Baker & McKenzie Madrid Raids KPMG

De Otaola, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, has over 15 years of tax experience and specialises in acquisitions and company reorganisation. Cristina Bustillo, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Madrid office says: “Isabel comes to us with strong credentials and extensive experience and will add significant value to the services we already offer […]

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