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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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Unclear power

The future of nuclear power in the UK is a contentious issue and the recent Energy Review has done little to clarify things for lawyers, says Paul Ryan Over the past two years or so there has been a lot of talk about whether, and how, the UK would embark on a new round of […]

Green card

A resurgence in renewable energy is being helped by transatlantic agreement, but lawyers must be aware of the cross-border legal implications. Michelle Thomas reports Renewable Energy as a defined sector is now truly global, so much so that what happens in one part of world can dramatically affect other jurisdictions. It is an interesting time […]

Former RAC GC Biddle joins Aegis

Media communications and market research company Aegis Group has appointed Mark Biddle as its group general counsel from Aviva. Biddle was previously general counsel for RAC from 2004 until Aviva acquired the company last year. The RAC dramatically slashed its Bristol-based legal services division following Aviva’s takeover, choosing to outsource its solicitors’ practice and uninsured […]

Porsche turns to Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has won Porsche Cars GB as a client, advising the company on all its European events. The instruction is the first major appointment for the firm’s new travel unit, established to advise on travel and tourism law. Part of the firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence group, the unit is seeking to […]

Katy Swaine: Release

A 24-hour helpline, five outreach programmes and valuable drugs campaign work put Release’s legal team at the sharp end of charity law. By Jon Parker Save perhaps San Francisco or Amsterdam, London in the Swinging ’60s was inevitably the birthplace of the world’s first charity for drug users. Launched in 1967 in response to the […]

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