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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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Manches recruits from rivals after losing department heads

MANCHES & Co has bounced back from the loss of its heads of insolvency and banking by hiring three partners from rival firms to bolster its property, insurance and construction teams. Commercial property specialist Peter Sugden has joined from the disintegrating West End firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman, Martin Benson arrives from niche insurance firm Fishburn […]

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Financings

Jeffrey Barratt of Norton Rose advised a syndicate of banks including Barclays Capital and Nations Bank on the provision of a £225m credit facility for Monument Oil & Gas

More partners quit Silverbeck Rymer

Two partners and two associates have quit Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer – which has now lost six partners, including four heads of department and four associates, in the past two months. Plaintiff litigation partner Keith Teare and associate Mark Bratherton – said to be the highest fee earner at the firm – have joined JST […]

New insurance unit

Browne Jacobson has launched a specialist unit believed to be the first law team to deal with the growing area of critical illness insurance. Changes in DSS benefits have led to this type of insurance becoming more popular.

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