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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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Pinsents loses lawyer to client Benfield Group

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The Law Society has been subject to responsibilities under discrimination law since the early 1970s. These include controlling admission to the profession, offering services to the public, handling complaints about solicitors and its responsibilities as an employer. More recently its duties have broadened arising from the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. Under this act, the […]

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The latest in an occasional series entitled ‘What were they thinking of?’ is this little offering from a newly merged Stockport firm.As you are probably fully aware – Tulkinghorn expects that all his readers are au fait with the Stockport legal scene – Sinclair Abson Smith has merged with Walls Johnston to become an 11-partner […]

Lawrence Graham drops investment arm

Lawrence Graham is hiving off its investment management arm to avoid regulation by the Financial Services Authority From 1 May the firm’s investment division will be operated by Maidstone-based Ashcourt Asset Management, which also runs the investment management wing of Blake Lapthorn, Brachers and Wilsons. The sum of funds it manages will now total £250m.

Browne Jacobson hire pulls in Legal Risk Management as client

The expanding construction team at Browne Jacobson has received instructions from major construction insurer Legal Risk Management for the first time The client win follows the firm’s capture of construction partner Russell Deards from Midlands rival Nelsons. Deards, who was formerly a partner and head of construction at Nelsons, joined Browne Jacobson a month ago. […]

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