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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 great divide

Tighter regulation of investment products will spark higher costs for professional advice and leave the mass market out in the cold. By Simon Gleeson The regulatory landscape for retail products in the UK is entering a period of rapid change. Financial Services Authority (FSA), EU and Government initiatives are all running strongly and it seems […]

Canadian consent

With its new ‘Consent Agreement Outline’ Canada has laid the foundations for future mergers. By Shawn Neylan Canada’s Competition Bureau released its precedent ‘Consent Agreement Outline’ for merger remedies on 1 May 2007, which forms an appendix to the previously released ‘Information Bulletin on Merger Remedies in Canada’. As noted by the bureau in its […]

Kendall Freeman

UK 200 Position: 115 Tu… UK 200 Position: 115 Turnover: £15.3m Revenue per fee-earner: £255,000 Revenue per lawyer: £392,000 Revenue per partner: £785,000 Total number of fee-earners: 60 Total number of qualified lawyers: 39 Total number of partners: 20 Total number of female partners: 4 Total number of staff: 112 Kendall Freeman had a tough […]

Greenberg alliance comes good as Olswang picks up energy deal

Olswang’s US alliance with Greenberg Traurig, along with its new office in Berlin, has helped the firm score a new corporate client in Europe. Olswang acted on the competition and finance matters for Oxbow Carbon, the world’s biggest marketer of petroleum coke, in its purchase of Dutch company SSM Coal. The deal will boost Oxbow’s […]

BBC lawyer returns to join RPC partnership

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired BBC in-house lawyer Jaron Lewis as a partner. Lewis, who has previously worked at RPC, rejoins after seven years at the BBC as a member of the media practice, which is headed by Liz Hartley. Hartley and Lewis both joined RPC in 1997, having left DJ Freeman to help […]

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