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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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Family feuds and fire

Matt Barnard reports on the Thyssen-Bornemisza family saga and the Commonwealth’s most expensive litigation. The normally closed world of some of the richest individuals and companies associated with the island of Bermuda has been prised open. Two cases have attracted global interest and drawn a large number of the UK legal community to the other […]

Wragges beats City to BA deal

Wragge & Co has triumphed over four City firms to win work advising British Airways (BA) on a major outsourcing contract. It is understood that the Birmingham-based firm secured the work after undergoing a beauty parade against Slaughter and May, Linklaters & Alliance, Simmons & Simmons and Garretts. The work involves putting together a proposal […]

Singapore set to relax practice restrictions

The Singapore government is about to give the green light to foreign lawyers to practise local law. When passed, the amendments to the Legal Profession Act currently before the Singapore parliament could open a floodgate for firms wishing to strengthen their Asia operations. Foreign firms with offices in Singapore are currently unable to practise local […]

Taking the stigma from bankruptcy

The Department of Trade and Industry is considering taking a leaf out of the US statute book and cutting the penalties imposed on bankrupts. Should going bust attract its traditional stigma? The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking to reduce the stigma attached to bankruptcy by repealing laws which prevent insolvents from holding […]

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