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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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Kidd Rapinet seals international tie-up

London-based firm Kidd Rapinet is merging with CY Jacob & Co, an international law firm with an associate office in Tel Aviv. Kidd Rapinet, a 41-partner firm which has nine offices in the Thames Valley in addition to the London office, is also appointing Paul Taylor as its new senior partner. Taylor replaces Andy Lewis […]

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Shoosmiths is closing its Rugby office and opening another in Milton Keynes as part of a strategic review. Last year the Rugby commercial team moved to Northampton, but it is uncertain what will happen to its remaining five partners and 10 assistants when the office shuts in April. Clifford Chance has poached an in-house lawyer […]

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Clifford Chance advised The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan on its sale of 55 Bishopsgate, London to Pearl Assurance. Iain Morpeth, real estate partner at Clifford Chance, advised the bank. Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for the purchaser.

Society takes the road to recovery

The Society of Practitioners of Insolvency has voted for a new name and constitution to reflect the modern market in which its members work, says Stephen Gale. For years now the market in which insolvency professionals operate has been changing from one dominated by formal insolvency appointments (for example, receiver, liquidator, administrator or trustee in […]

Eversheds Leeds loses property litigation head

Penny Belcher is one of the top property litigation lawyers in the North-East, and has worked for clients including supermarket giant Asda and printing and packaging group Rexam. It is understood that both clients will continue instructing her at Irwin Mitchell. Belcher says: “I moved because Eversheds has become so enormous that I felt like […]

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