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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 […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers represents patient undergoing CJD treatment

In a novel case, the Court of Protection has endorsed the human administration of a potential treatment for sporadic CJD, before the product has undergone any clinical trials. Bridget Dolan QC, instructed by the Official Solicitor, represented the incapacitous patient at the centre of this case. He is now to be the first human recipient […]

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.

Opening a family office in Jersey

What is a Family Office? Whilst by no means the sole definition, a very useful one is provided by the Family Office Council, a membership group for single family offices, which defines a single family office (and our focus here is on those and not multi-family offices) as a private organisation that manages the investments […]

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Going global

Not a week seems to pass these days without one of the many US firms in London announcing its latest acquisition of English qualified lawyers. They mean business, pitching for work in lucrative areas such as mergers and acquisitions, and project finance. Some hirings have been top notch and generous salary offers are commonplace. As […]

SIF shortfall now nearly £500m

In a desperate bid to limit the damage of a hole of almost £500m in the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), the Law Society is launching a task force to examine how it can ease the pain for law firms faced with massive hikes in contributions. In a report that shocked the the Law Society’s Council […]

The Lawyer launches Internet web site

THIS week, to coincide with the newspaper’s tenth anniversary, The Lawyer makes its debut on the Internet with the launch of its web site. The site complements the weekly issues of The Lawyer newspaper and contains all the week’s news and features, updated every Tuesday morning, as well as all the announcements and recruitment advertisements […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 10/06/97

Covenant in lease to keep supermarket open Cooperative Insurance Society Ltd (Respondents) v Argyll Stores (Holdings) Ltd (Appellants) (1997) Court: HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Hoffmann, Hope and Clyde) 21/5/97 Summary: A decree of specific performance will not issue to enforce a keep-open covenant in a lease.

Let all the troubles begin

This year promised to be a watershed in the history of the legal profession – three Government Green Papers appeared: on the rights of audience in the higher courts, fusion of the two branches of the profession, MDPs, the eligibility of solicitors for the High Court bench and the future of the probate monopoly. Other […]

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