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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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Property

Linklaters & Paines advised Lloyds/TSB Bank on the UK’s biggest commercial property auction of 108 local branch offices which raised over £40m for the merged bank.

Relate scheme aims for co-operation

Family lawyers have welcomed a new training scheme to help them advise clients seeking divorce on counselling and mediation options. The scheme, launched last week by the National Solicitors’ Network and the marriage guidance service Relate, aims to equip solicitors with an understanding of the ‘conciliatory’ spirit of the new divorce reforms. Under the Relate […]

Gearing up for 2000

City firm Rowe & Maw has published a guide to dealing with the year 2000, when many computer systems will be unable to deal with the date changeover. Partner Michael Webster recommends everyone should start damage-limitation procedures now to avoid costly litigation and to salvage existing systems. The Millennium Timebomb, which covers contracts, duty of […]

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Travers Smith Braitwaite advised Select Industries on its reverse takeover by industrial corporate development group Gartland Whalley and Barker and its subsequent £2m placing on the AIM. Garrett & Co advised Gartland Whalley and Barker.

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