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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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Extending a helping hand

It takes commitment but voluntary work at legal advice centres is a good source of all-round experience, says Kate Cartmell. Kate Cartmell is a trainee solicitor at Nicholson Graham & Jones. It is Wednesday evening and I have had a hard day at work, rushing up and down stairs and receiving four new things to […]

Bar denies it fails to look after alcoholic barristers

The Bar Council has defended the level of support it provides for alcoholic barristers in the face of claims from one of the founders of a solicitors’ dependency project that barristers’ problems are going unnoticed. The former Law Society president Charles Elly made the claims last week at the launch of SolCare, the society’s new […]

The ugly face of sexism

The fact that the Law Society is considering having a designated women’s seat on the council in order to alleviate sex discrimination is good news for all women in the profession. However, the debate is already retreating into sexism with the age-old claim that successful women solicitors do not want it. Sexism is obviously not […]

Pach-ing up the clearing system

The Bar’s Pupillage Application Clearing House (Pach) has made it to its second year, but not without some major hiccups. What should have been a major assistance to chambers and students has instead managed to cause upset to both. Students feel the scheme is devised entirely to assist chambers, while chambers are finding any number […]

Testing times for the LPC

The Legal Practice Course is responding to changing circumstances with several important revisions, says Nigel Savage. Professor Nigel Savage is chief executive at the College of Law. The Legal Practice Course (LPC) was introduced in September 1993 and represented a radical change from what had gone before. In one bound the Law Society departed from […]

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