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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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Hugh Peart: London Borough of Harrow

Hugh Peart’s love of innovation has driven him to find new ways to decrease legal spend and streamline work. By Jon Parker Hugh Peart joined the London Borough of Harrow almost 20 years ago as a principal solicitor in the borough’s childcare law team. Now director of legal and governance services, it was a fitting […]

White & Case partner snub sees Bracewell stall in London

Bracewell & Giuliani’s triumphant entry into the London market has stalled after it was snubbed by White & Case capital markets partner Peter Epp, who had been earmarked to launch the firm in the UK capital. Epp, who was meant to bring a team of lawyers with him, declined the opportunity at the firm of […]

FFW secures compensation for Potters Bar victim

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has landed a High Court ruling that sees a top Taiwanese TV presenter being awarded substantial compensation after being horrifically injured in the Potters Bar rail crash. Tanya Liu, who was a news anchor for Hong Kong-based satellite TV station Phoenix TV, was left with intellectual and cognitive problems after suffering […]

TLT Solicitors adds regulatory duo

Bristol-based TLT Solicitors has hired a new head of financial services regulation and a specialist compliance lawyer. New financial services regulation head Suzanne MacDonald joins from Abbey, where she was the senior commercial lawyer. She will be based at the firm’s London office. Compliance specialist Dan Jenkinson, a qualified barrister, joins from his own compliance […]

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