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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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South West & Wales

When lawyers talk of the South West they usually mean Bristol, which is often seen as the hub for legal services in the region. However, the increasing investment in Devon and Cornwall means that law firms on the South West coast are winning exciting and lucrative mandates. In this South West & Wales Special Report, […]

Freshfields ex-China chief ‘frustrated’ by US strategy

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ‘s former China managing partner Mike Moser has taken a parting shot at the magic circle firm for its failure to build a viable US operation. Speaking to The Lawyer about his departure, Moser said he decided to join O’Melveny & Myers because it had more US clients and a larger US […]

James Chapman splits to join Halliwells, Brabners

Halliwells and Manchester’s James Chapman & Co are to merge, but the latter firm’s headline-grabbing commercial team, including senior partner Maurice Watkins, has split to join Brabners Chaffe Street. Both mergers will take effect from 1 May following negotiations lasting just six weeks. James Chapman will add £10m to Halliwells’ bottom line, swelling its revenue […]

Sea, sand and silicon

Devon and Cornwall – for so long dependent on tourism – are now attracting significant investment from the information and communications, biotech and renewable energy sectors. Tim Richards reports These are interesting times for commercial lawyers in Devon and Cornwall. Commercial work in the region is becoming ever-more exciting, with the recent trend toward knowledge-based […]

Lovells bags SoftBank for £9bn Vodafone LBO

Lovells’ Tokyo arm has scooped the lead advisory role on Japan’s largest-ever leveraged buyout (LBO). The firm advised Japanese internet service provider SoftBank on its £9bn purchase of Vodafone’s flagging Japanese mobile telecoms business, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (17 March). The deal is expected to be sealed in the next few weeks, after […]

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