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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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Bingham bolsters West Coast arm with dual hire

Bingham McCutchen LLP has bolstered its West Coast practice with the hire of the last two remaining partners from the now defunct Los Angeles office of New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Veteran Fried Frank partners David Robbins and Stephen Alexander, who had been with the firm for 23 and 30 years […]

CDO market under fire as lawyers face court action

The collaterised debt obligation (CDO) market, on which many highly profitable practices are based, is facing mounting criticism for its volatile and risky nature. The case of Weil Gotshal & Manges being sued by a client over a CDO highlights the risks involved and has led some to argue that this highly technical and sophisticated […]

Chadbourne moves in on Coudert’s Central Asia business

New York firm Chadbourne & Parke became the latest firm to benefit from the disintegration of Coudert Brothers when it took on a team from its Kazakhstan office last week. Kenneth Mack joins Chadbourne as a partner and head of its new Almaty office, together with five associates. Coudert said that despite the exodus it […]

Record year for Browne Jacobson as PEP rises 37 per cent

Browne Jacobson has reported a record 37.4 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 12 per cent rise in turnover to £27m. PEP rose from £230,000 last year to £316,000. Managing partner Brian Smith said that the firm aimed to be “the best firm in the Midlands”. The firm’s growth […]

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