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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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Tesco claims clean-up costs

Tesco is heading for a High Court confrontation with consulting civil and structural engineers Ernest Green Partnership. It accuses the firm of failing to warn it of chemical contamination of a site it bought for £8.7m for a superstore in Redbridge, London. Tesco says it cost it £1.42m to clean up the site after it […]

Steering SIF back in the right direction

Despite having been one of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s strongest critics, Robert Sayer does not think it should be shelved; instead, he says, the way it is run needs to be improved. Very shortly, the first of the Law Society working parties looking into various aspects of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) will be reporting […]

SGP name change

The IBA’s Section on General Practice (SGP) has voted to change its name to the Section on Legal Practice in a bid to encourage more business lawyers to join. The IBA is divided into three sections: the Section on Business Law, the SGP, and the section on Natural Energy and Natural Resources Law. SGP secretary […]

Jersey training

Jersey firm Ogier & Le Masurier has opened a management and staff training division providing training courses for members of the island’s financial services sector. Ogier Compliance and Training will offer 14 training courses, run by members of the firm and some external experts – including Tim Herrington, head of Clifford Chance’s fund practice. Ray […]

Orchard's IT practice blossoms

EX-Freshfields partner Paul Taylor is to head a new information technology and intellectual property department at expanding City firm Orchard. Taylor joined the firm on 3 November after four months “unofficial” gardening leave from Freshfields where he was a founder member of its IT/IP practice. And The Lawyer understands Orchard is gearing up to hire […]

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