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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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DLA senior partner retires after Piper star wins top role

DLA senior partner Roger Lane-Smith is to retire as it emerges that his counterpart at US firm Piper Rudnick will take the chairman’s role following the firm’s planned transatlantic merger. It is understood that under the terms of the merger agreement, Piper Rudnick co-chairman Senator George Mitchell, who was instrumental in brokering the Northern Ireland peace […]

Former MCI general counsel surfaces at Chadbourne & Parke

MCI’s former general counsel Michael Salsbury has re-emerged at New York firm Chadbourne & Parke. Salsbury resigned from the top legal job at MCI in June 2003 after two separate reports that claimed the MCI legal department provided inadequate safeguards against senior management’s misconduct – namely, inflating earnings by nearly $4 billion since 2001. Despite […]

Maples and Calder

In a story that appeared on www.thelawyer.com (27 September), under the headline ‘Mourant scoops Maples trio for expansion plan’, it was incorrectly stated that three lawyers leaving Maples and Calder were partners. In fact, the three are joining Mourant du Feu & Jeune as partners but were employed as associates at Maples. We are also […]

Beauty is in the eye of the client

Lawyers need to measure up if they are to be successful at beauty parades, says Kate Fleming Beauty parades are among the most important methods used by clients to select legal advisers. Many firms have found to their cost that winning work through this competitive process can be expensive and time-consuming if inappropriately managed. Whether […]

US influx keeps demand high for City office space

An influx of US firms looking for further office space in the City is ensuring that the legal sector remains one of the most active in London’s office rental market. More than 10 US firms have recently instructed the property management sector that they require new or further premises in either the City or Canary […]

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