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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 […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers represents patient undergoing CJD treatment

In a novel case, the Court of Protection has endorsed the human administration of a potential treatment for sporadic CJD, before the product has undergone any clinical trials. Bridget Dolan QC, instructed by the Official Solicitor, represented the incapacitous patient at the centre of this case. He is now to be the first human recipient […]

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.

Opening a family office in Jersey

What is a Family Office? Whilst by no means the sole definition, a very useful one is provided by the Family Office Council, a membership group for single family offices, which defines a single family office (and our focus here is on those and not multi-family offices) as a private organisation that manages the investments […]

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Slimmed-down Morgan Cole reshuffles directors

Morgan Cole has revealed the results of its elections for new divisional directors – part of a management shake-up following a string of mergers and job cuts. Former co-chairman Guy Clarke has been made divisional director for property, and partner Bleddyn Rees will be heading the business services division. Former property director Chris Cann and […]

Queen's Speech Heralds Limited Liability Partnerships

Limited liability partnerships came another step closer this week when the Government included the promise of a bill in the Queen’s speech. A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman says LLPs will be available to two or more persons carrying on any trade or profession and will have the organisational flexibility of a partnership, with […]

Working holidays in black and white

In her letter to The Lawyer (1 November) commenting on my article of 18 October, Rosemary Curtin of Learned Friends asserts that employing a working holidaymaker who is a qualified solicitor as a temporary paralegal “does not contravene the visa restrictions as currently enforced by the Home Office”. She then says that the prohibition on […]

Where does your lawyer want to go today?

When he was the victim of a custard pie attack, the world sniggered; when he gives millions to kick-start schools’ access to the internet, the news is met with cynical comments. And when the judge announced his findings of fact against his company, millions for whom the complexities of antitrust law mean nothing, cheered. The […]

The Lawyer launches in-house forum

The Lawyer is launching a series of UK-based in-house forums to allow company lawyers the opportunity to meet with their peers. The first forum will be held on the afternoon of the 25 January at the Barbican in London, with others to follow on 16 May and 26 September. Participants include the director of group […]

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