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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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Financiers and politicians go to war over European financial regulation

Two early draft versions of AIFMD both ruffle feathers in the City. If the unprecedented scale and scope of the financial crisis has created something of a war between financiers and politicians, then the key battleground is to be found in the realm of financial services regulation. And the gulf between the two sides’ positions can be seen as […]

Revenue and profit up at Beachcroft for 2009-10

Beachcroft has revealed an 8 per cent rise in turnover at the 2009-10 year end to £131m from £121m a year earlier. The firm’s profit increased to £24.5m from £22.8m. This equates to an average profit per equity partner of £314,000, 4.3 per cent up on the 2008-09 level of £301,000. Managing partner Paul Murray […]

HFW’s turnover nudges up in 2009-10

Holman Fenwick & Willan (HFW) has reported a marginal rise in turnover at the 2009-10 year-end following a year of investment at the firm. The firm’s turnover increased by 0.9 per cent to £99.6m from £98.7m a year earlier, with 43 per cent of revenue generated in non-domestic markets. Senior partner Richard Crump commented: “A central part […]

A&O names Shearman joiner as German managing partner

Allen & Overy has named a relative newcomer to the firm as its next German managing partner, with the incumbent preparing to step down at the end of this year. Gottfried Breuninger, who joined the magic circle firm in 2008 from the Munich office of Shearman & Sterling, has been appointed to the role, according […]

QEB Hollis moves to the City in spirit of competitive advantage

Criminal set QEB Hollis Whiteman is to swap the Inns of Court for the City in an effort to expand its ­regulatory and white-collar crime practices. The set is departing from bar tradition by opening an office on London’s Cannon Street. “Diversification is our watchword,” said the set’s Mark Ellison QC, adding that the move […]

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