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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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As Christmas approaches and pester-power reaches a crescendo, the stores are desperately trying to lay their hands on this year’s must-have accessory – the new PlayStation. The console has the computing power of a small mainframe, the graphics capability of an IMAX film and a sound system to rival the new Birmingham Symphony Hall. But […]

Lord Chancellor To Review Legal Watchdog

The review of the LSO Ann Abraham’s office, which oversees the handling of complaints against solicitors, barristers, licensed conveyancers and legal executives, comes two years later than originally planned. Ministers agreed to postpone the review to allow Abraham – who only took up her post in 1997 – to establish herself in the appointment. The […]

Film finance: Lock, stock and over a barrel

Anyone scanning the listings for their local multiplex cannot help but notice that Hollywood rules the Western world’s screens. In the week of writing this article, nine of the top 10 films showing in the UK were bankrolled by the Americans, including the film portrayed by the media as a British success, Billy Elliott: British […]

Berwin Leighton scoops RBS work

Berwin Leighton has advised The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) structured property finance team on its two largest transactions this year and is gearing up for a growing volume of work following its takeover of NatWest. In the last six months alone, Berwin Leighton has completed £500m worth of property financing for the bank. One […]

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