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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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In brief: Court procedures caught on camera

Anyone called for jury service will be able to watch a new video called “Your role as a juror”, brought out by the Courts Service Agency. The video is designed to clarify who is eligible to be a juror, set out courtroom procedures and explain the jurors’ role and legal responsibilities. Videos replaced introductory talks […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 09/07/96

Claim to pension rights by part-time employees Fletcher v Midland Bank (1996). EAT (Mummery J, Mrs Sunderland and Mr G Wright) 24/6/96. Summary: Sex discrimination alleged by part-time workers in an appeal against dismissal of their claim to a right to participate in the employer’s occupational pension schemes. Appeals by Mrs Fletcher and 21 other […]

Arbitration slammed as costly and slow

Arbitration has been slated as costly, time-consuming and inflexible, in a survey conducted by City firm Berrymans. The survey revealed that arbitration, introduced as a cost-effective and speedy alternative to litigation, is not popular with insurance companies. Paul Taylor, a leading insurance litigator and senior partner at Berrymans, presented the results of the survey to […]

District judges ready for Woolf

LORD Woolf’s impending civil justice reforms will swell the ranks of the district judiciary and lead to an “increasing recognition” of their work, according to their newly elected president. District judge Dick Greenslade, the new president of the Association of District Judges, has identified Lord Woolf’s plans for fast track litigation for claims under £10,000 […]

More Dutch target London

NAUTA Dutilh, the largest law firm in the Netherlands, has become the third Dutch firm to open a London office since 1990. The office, in the City, will be staffed by partner Diederik van Wassenaer and two associates. Van Wassenaer said there were three reasons the firm had opened shop in London. “First, quite a […]

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