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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 […]

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In a novel case, the Court of Protection has endorsed the human administration of a potential treatment for sporadic CJD, before the product has undergone any clinical trials. Bridget Dolan QC, instructed by the Official Solicitor, represented the incapacitous patient at the centre of this case. He is now to be the first human recipient […]

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.

Opening a family office in Jersey

What is a Family Office? Whilst by no means the sole definition, a very useful one is provided by the Family Office Council, a membership group for single family offices, which defines a single family office (and our focus here is on those and not multi-family offices) as a private organisation that manages the investments […]

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Niche work if you can get it

Employment law has long been seen as a Cinderella specialisation. With a few exceptions, the best-regarded employment departments have bypassed the top City firms and are to be found in medium-sized practices. Fraser Younson, senior employment partner at Baker & McKenzie and chair of the Employment Lawyers Association, says: “As much as 10 per cent […]

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Identifying objectives

I was somewhat vexed by Brian Ellingsworth’s letter in 12 March issue of The Lawyer which inferred that, in private practice, solicitors merely tell their clients they cannot do something, instead of identifying their objectives and finding a way they can be achieved. When approached by a client, there are always three questions I ask: […]

In brief: SFLA roadshow debunks marital myth

The myth of the common law wife is being dispelled by the Solicitors Family Law Association in this year’s roadshow, ‘There is no such thing as a common law wife’. The roadshow will travel the country during the next two months discussing cohabitation settlements and concentrating on property, children and domestic violence. Grant Howell, chair […]

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