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To thrive in the new era of the empowered client, law firms must make investments designed to modernise the way they run their firms and service their clients. This requires changing culture, developing new competencies, and operationalising new ways of working. Innovative technologies are key enablers to accelerating rms’ transformations in these areas. New research […]

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By David Kilduff, Richard Auton or Richard Butterworth On 13 September 2018, the UK government published further guidance on the future of public procurement in the UK in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. What next for UK public procurement? Under current rules, all procurement opportunities that fall within the scope of the EU procurement […]

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By JP Buckley In just a short space of time, the ever-evolving world of data protection and cyber has seen yet more change: 1. Potentially one of the last enforcement actions under the Data Protection Act 1998 against Equifax – and a maximum £500,000 fine for them for failing to secure UK citizens’ personal data against […]

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Blake Lapthorn Linnell has snared the head of pensions from rival ASB Law for its own practice. John Hamilton joins the firm as a partner and brings with him solicitor Rupert Graham-Evans. Maria Riccio, head of pensions at Blake Lapthorn Linnell, says: “John and Rupert’s appointments are key to developing the pension team’s well-known service […]

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Herbert Smith lands Ofcom advisory role

Herbert Smith has won the role as sole legal adviser to a new Ofcom-led industry body, an appointment that will give it direct access to eight of the UK’s leading telecoms companies. Called NGNuk, the group was launched by Ofcom in March this year. It is an industry forum aimed at encouraging the use of digital technology, or next-generation […]

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