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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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Directories under fire for wasting firms' millions

Law firms are squandering millions of pounds on supporting legal directories, according to a new survey of in-house lawyers. The shock study will provide ammunition to the growing band of law firms fed up with the huge cost of marketing themselves in directories. Some City firms are known to be planning a boycott of the […]

Finers in talks with Stephens Innocent

Finers is understood to be merging with media specialist Stephens Innocent as yet another partner quits the troubled firm. The merger talks are at an advanced stage, The Lawyer can reveal, after weeks of speculation over the firm, which is fronted by high-profile media lawyer Mark Stephens. Finers’ intervention will come as a surprise to […]

Property

Herbert Smith represented BAA Lynton on the 25-year lease of property at Gatwick Airport to British Airways’ franchise carrier GB Airways. The original terminal building will be used as GB Airways’ headquarters. The company will move into the building in May 2000. Shelagh McKibbin (pictured), a property partner at Herbert Smith, acted on the transaction […]

Simmons boosts energy with Herbert Smith poach

SIMMONS & Simmons is poaching an oil and gas senior assistant from leading energy firm Herbert Smith, but is losing an equity partner to Richards Butler. Susan Beck, who is a barrister and a solicitor and has worked in-house in the energy industry, joins Simmons’ 11-partner energy group on 1 November. Beck is the former […]

Lords to debate school dyslexia diagnosis

The Law Lords are set to decide if a school’s failure to diagnose and treat dyslexia is a personal injury, writes Roger Pearson. The legal status of dyslexia is to be argued before the Law Lords. Lords Steyn, Clyde and Millett have given leave for an appeal which will focus on whether the failure to […]

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