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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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Partner of the month

Clifford Chance’s rapport with Permira is well publicised, with partner Matthew Layton heading the client relationship team at the magic circle firm. Less well known is the fact that three other partners, including Simon Cooke, make up the private equity house’s point-people at the firm. Simon CookeFirm:Clifford ChancePartner since: 2006 Educated: Queen’s College, Cambridge Key […]

Bird & Bird scores local IP expert in HK

Bird & Bird has expanded its Asian IP offering with the hire of partner Shirley Kwok from local firm Vivien Chan & Co in Hong Kong. Kwok specialises in trademarks and has more than 20 years of IP experience in the Chinese market. She has been appointed to head the firm’s IP portfolio management team […]

DLA Piper raids CMS in Central Europe

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, the Austro-Czech arm of DLA Piper, has poached the Sofia head of CMS Cameron McKenna for its fledgling Prague office. Commercial partner Peter Valert worked out of both Camerons’ Prague and Sofia offices, his TMT practice ran across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). “DLA is a firm on the move,” Valert told […]

Dechert dragged into Coudert dispute by partner who was forced out

Dechert dragged into Coudert dispute by partner who was forced out” />A former partner of Coudert Brothers in Paris is suing his old firm, former colleagues and Coudert’s French merger partner Dechert for h2m (£1.35m). A trial kicks off in October before the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris to hear Stephen Montravers’ case against […]

CC receives post-audit profit boost

Clifford Chance has announced its audited results for the financial year 2005-06 which have adjusted its preliminary profit figures upwards. Average profit per equity partner (PEP), reported earlier this year as £810,000, now comes in at £814,000. This represents a 25 per cent rise from the previous PEP figure of £615,000. The revenue figure has […]

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