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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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The string of mega profit increases raises questions about whether firms are being consistent with reporting results. The truth is, they’re probably not First, an apology. This piece really should have been written a long time ago. Years of reporting law firms’ revenues and profits have generated at least anecdotal evidence that there is an […]

Merger creates 47-strong civil set

Public law specialists Two Field Court and human rights and child law set 17 Bedford Row have merged to form a 47-strong civil set, Field Court Chambers. The merger comes just eight months after Two Field Court’s head of chambers Ashley Underwood QC defected to Landmark Chambers. Two Field Court brings the majority of the […]

CC wins historic independence vote mandate for Montenegro

Clifford Chance won a historic mandate to help the Balkan state of Montenegro secure its independence from Serbia. The firm’s head of public policy Michael Smyth and international law head Jeremy Carver were instructed alongside a local firm to provide advice on the recent referendum. The vote, held on 21 May, saw a massive 86.3 […]

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The extreme length of the SFO’s unsuccessful investigation into TransTec’s payments to Ford highlight the need for fraud prosecutors to review their own cases on an ongoing basis – and to be held accountable for their own failures to do so, says Stephen Parkinson For too long fraud prosecutors have avoided detailed scrutiny of their […]

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