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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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RPC bolsters construction with Masons hire

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has bolstered its construction practice by scooping a partner from Masons. Ron Nobbs, a specialist in construction and project-based work, joins from Masons where he was a partner in their construction and engineering group. During his time at the firm he acted for a number of major national and international contractors […]

Italy slammed for protracted court system

ITALY has been criticised at the Council of Europe for failing to push through judicial reforms necessary to speed up its often tortuously slow court procedures. The Council, which is independent of the EU, considers Italy in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights because of the inefficiency of its civil proceedings. It says […]

Shaw Pittman opens in Taiwan

US firm Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwanese firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu joined Shaw Pittman in April and will head the Taipei office, which will primarily be advising clients on intellectual property issues. “We’re here today because we believe the future of […]

Radical new fraud offence unveiled by government

The government today (19 October) announced radical proposals for a new general offence of fraud. Following a government consultation, Baroness Scotland QC said that in the planned Fraud Bill fraud could be defined as an offence in three ways – by false representation, by wrongfully failing to disclose information and by abuse of position. The […]

FFW in Burger King victory over Rouse

IP boutique Rouse & Co has lost Burger King as a client but hired one of the fast food chain’s trademark attorneys. Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) ousted Rouse after a competitive tender for the role of coordinating Burger King’s UK and community trademark portfolio. Meanwhile, Rouse has recruited Sonja Bailey from Burger King as a […]

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