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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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Reynolds Porter Chamberlain acted for four Dutch companies in the sale of four freehold properties comprising the racing circuits at Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oultern Park and Cadwell Park to Brands Hatch Leisure Holdings which currently operates the circuit. The purchasers were represented by Rosenblatts.

Shelling out on a watch

A Rolex Oyster watch is at the centre of a pending claim in the High Court. The Rolex Watch Company is heading for the High Court to ask a judge to decide true ownership of the classic timepiece. The company wants a ruling on whether the watch in question is owned by PW Coggins, of […]

Departure of IP partners shrinks Conn & Co to four

Manchester law firm Philip Conn & Co has lost one of its top intellectual property partners to Alsop Wilkinson, the second IP partner to leave the firm recently. Graeme Orchison and Lee Brierley left after helping to establish the firm’s reputation as one of the leading IP practices outside London over the past few years. […]

Commercial first for northern set

Two senior Manchester barristers are leaving Hollins Chambers to start the first exclusively commercial set outside London. The new set, to be known as Merchant Chambers, is the brainchild of barristers David Berkley and Stephen Cogley, who aim to provide purely specialist representation for the area’s business and banking sectors. They plan to start business […]

Attorneys do battle over LSC cuts

“Freedom, justice, liberty: without lawyers they’re only words” – a grandiose but relevant theme for the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Florida last month. Relevant because justice and liberty for America’s poor, Hillary Clinton, the US President’s wife, argued at the convention, is coming under increasing threat from cuts to the Legal Services Corporation, […]

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