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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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Barclays turns to Linklaters for derivatives lawsuit defence

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Sparks fly in DLA Piper-BLG Dixons battle

A tug of war for electrical retailer client Dixons looks likely to break out between the rival IT outsourcing teams of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG). The war has been fuelled by the bad blood generated by Kit Burden’s departure from BLG for DLA Piper in August last year. […]

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White & Case has boosted its finance group with raids on Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges. Tom Schorling joins as a partner in Frankfurt from Weil, while Alan Rockwell joins as a partner in London from Linklaters, where he was previously a managing associate. Harbottle & Lewis has ended its search for a new […]

Patent offensive boosts David Grist coffers

Bristol litigation firm David Grist Solicitors and St John’s Chambers have both shared a £70,000 boost in fees this August after representing shoe distributor Heelys in an aggressive patent enforcement campaign. Heelys creates trainers with wheels in the soles, which can be used as roller skates. Heelys director Charlie Allen told The Lawyer: “I don’t […]

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