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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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Olswang completes retail-led hat trick for Protego

Olswang has strengthened its relationship with Protego Real Estate Investors following advice on three retail-led transactions worth more than £142m in the past three months. Olswang secured the first property instruction from Protego shortly after the fund manager’s founding in May 2004. It has acted for it ever since, with the relationship culminating in the […]

New lease of life

Manchester and Liverpool are undergoing massive transformations as regeneration projects take off across the North West region. Karl Jackson reports. The North West is benefiting from a flurry of regeneration work, marked by such notable projects as the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre in the city’s King’s Dock. This trend is sure to develop following […]

A&O bags Norton Rose Dutch star

Allen & Overy has swooped on Norton Rose to hire highly rated projects specialist and former Amsterdam managing partner Arent van Wassenaer. The appointment comes just a few weeks after The Lawyer revealed A&O is to slash the number of equity points awarded to its London-based project finance partners in a bid to keep the […]

UK and US firms lead charge into booming mainland China

A raft of US and UK law firms are set to flood China’s mainland over the coming months, as the country opens its gates to more foreign firms. The Chinese Ministry of Justice has granted 16 licence applications for firms ready to open new offices on the mainland. US firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, […]

Denton Hall legacy partners get 10-year cash incentive

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is set to shell out more than £1m this year to a number of former equity partners 11 years after a change in accounting practices created an ‘unexpected’ profit. Former Denton Hall equity partners have been receiving payments of up to £250,000 each since May 2003 from a surplus account that […]

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