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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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Watson Burton sets up shop in Gherkin

North East rising star Watson Burton has chosen its new London premises. North East rising star Watson Burton has chosen its new London premises. The firm will be based at the Swiss Re building, more commonly known as The Gherkin, choosing the London landmark over another shortlisted property on New Broad Street. The firm will […]

Cadwalader lawyer defects to Linklaters

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has lost another lawyer from its New York capital markets practice, this time to Linklaters. Former associate Stan Renas joins the magic circle firm as a partner in its New York structured finance and derivatives practice. He is the fourth partner to join the group since it started in 2004. Renas’s […]

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Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) advised on the £70m acquisition and AIM flotation of Chinese media outfit Sun TV Shop. The newly formed company will sell Western luxury brands in China through TV shopping channels, the internet and mobile phones. FFW advised Sun TV Shop on the acquisition of a telecoms network and a host of […]

Sonnenschein in double launch

Chicago-headquartered Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has launched in Phoenix and Brussels after hiring a 10-lawyer hotel and hospitality team from Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Chicago-headquartered Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has launched in Phoenix and Brussels after hiring a 10-lawyer hotel and hospitality team from Squire Sanders & Dempsey. The group is led by Richard Ross, who has […]

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