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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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Travers leads as ‘Project New Bank’ targets state assets

Travers Smith has bagged a lead role advising on the creation of a new banking venture that will target state-owned assets. Head of corporate Spencer Summerfield and corporate finance partner Anthony Foster are leading the Travers team acting for the new client. The initial plans for the entity would see it seeking an AIM listing in the next month […]

Hammonds goes ahead with plans for Frankfurt launch despite Munich losses

Hammonds is looking to shore up its German ­offering, with one eye on Frankfurt – but the firm may have a tough time attracting partners following the closure of its Munich office. Hammonds already has an office in Berlin and recently expanded there, bringing in two partners from Frankfurt. But the firm is still keen […]

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Freshfields scheme aims to up female partner count

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has introduced a pilot mentoring scheme for senior female associates in a bid to up its female partner numbers, echoing the ’female buddy’ initiative it launched in 2006. The ’Strategic Excellence Leadership Programme’, launched in May, will see senior partners from other departments act as mentors to associates, advising on career development. Dispute resolution […]

Channelling recovery

The Channel Islands offer exciting opportunities as financial recovery looms, but how do they differ and what does the future hold? By Robin Smith and Ben Morgan  With the world economy poised for a recovery and greater fiscal and regulatory pressures being exerted on ­global businesses, it is perhaps unsurprising that a number of […]

Ashurst and Orrick assemble investment deal for IKEA arm

Ashurst and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have scored leading roles on the investment by Landprop – the development arm of the Inter IKEA Group – in a 12.9 acre site near the London 2012 Olympic Park. Ashurst real estate partner David Jones led the team acting for new client Landprop in its first investment in […]

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