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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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The Leader column

Hands up everyone whose New Year resolutions include any of the following: lose weight, cut down on drinking, write a novel, get a new job, see more of the family, see less of the family, start saving. Thought so. Pointless resolutions will no doubt still be the topic of office conversation this week, it would […]

GALA GROUP

The second deal of its kind for this group of bridge lenders and Gala Group Holdings. The advisers mirror those working on Gala’s acquisition by Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity last spring, where a bridge loan was used for the £100m purchase followed by a high-yield debt issue, which closed in May. Gala says […]

SYDNEY & LONDON PROPERTIES

The past two years have seen Sydney & London Properties becoming increasingly acquisitive, with the private Cardiff-based company making a conscious decision to trade up and become more active in the UK market. The drive has brought a wealth of work to regular advisers Olswang and Howard Kennedy, as well as Brodies, which benefits from […]

CORPORATE

Is everyone experiencing New Year blues or do corporate lawyers really have a genuine excuse for being so downbeat about the coming year? Ask any legal professional for their opinion on how 2001 looks to be shaping up and the response is doom and gloom. Dotcoms are still continuing to scare the hell out of […]

Lovells wins Commerzbank after panel firms conflicted

Lovells is acting for Commerzbank for the first time after the bank’s main corporate advisers were conflicted out on German-based Vaillant’s £692m bid for engineering group Hepworth. Commerzbank, which is acting as arranger and underwriter on the debt package financing Vaillant’s offer for UK company Hepworth, usually turns to Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters & […]

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