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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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Criticism falls on deaf ears

Ninety-five per cent of soldiers in one Irish army barracks are claiming compensation for deafness – and Defence Minister Michael Smith maintains that the country’s legal profession and the judiciary are mainly to blame. Smith argues that the flood of claims, which now stands at 11,500 – more than the total strength of the Irish […]

…as pressure groups slam youth justice in N Ireland

LEADING children’s rights organisations are calling for a review of the youth justice system in Northern Ireland. Voluntary organisations met with the Criminal Justice Review Body last week to discuss changes to the law they would like to see brought in. Paddy Kelly, director of the Belfast-based Children’s Law Centre told The Lawyer: “Under the […]

London lights undermine Birmingham's law firms

THE GOOD people of Birmingham know they do not have to go far to find a top quality curry, but new research released exclusively to The Lawyer shows they do not have the same faith in their local law firms. Over a quarter of the 100 large Midland companies interviewed do not use local firms […]

Freshfields reveals plans to go Dutch

FRESHFIELDS is understood to be in takeover talks with a Dutch law firm about opening an office in Amsterdam, The Lawyer can reveal. Freshfields managing partner Ian Terry confirms the firm is planning a move. “We are, and have been, looking at the Dutch legal market for a long time, but we have yet to […]

Square Mile

Want more profit? For many, cost-cutting is the favourite route. Is it easy? Yes. Sustainable? No, apart from an initial one-off benefit. Leverage is the fastest route. Firms that pride themselves on a partner-led work culture will become poor firms (relatively speaking). But leverage is expensive to maintain and if under-used is also the quickest […]

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