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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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Cleary Gottlieb bags tripartite media merger

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CCR&W boosts DC litigation

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells is taking on a litigation counsel from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to boost its Washington DC office. Fred Reinke is joining the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice and specialises in complex commercial and international litigation. Reinke says he has decided to move to the newly-merged firm because of […]

A View from Germany

Of course, everybody over here is talking about Freshfields and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber. How did Peck and Salz pull it out of the bag after only a 63% vote for in April? Just what concessions did Bruckhaus big hitters Voss, Epe, Wilde and Horvath wring out of a City firm whose march through continental […]

Bank of Ireland

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