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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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They say that it’s all in a name and Tulkinghorn was recently treated to the charming tale of Camilla Squirrel. The delightfully named Squirrel, now a legal recruitment consultant with HaysZMB, is the subject of a rumour. Nothing sordid, mind. No, the rumour has it that when her chosen university received her application they were […]

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With major economic expansion continuing in Benelux, many firms face growing recruitment problems. Most admit to having difficulties and accept that more time and money is being spent on recruitment strategies. The main dilemma is not attracting people, but attracting the right type. This is of particular concern to the US and UK firms that […]

Theodore in cyber-gaming first

Theodore Goddard is representing the British Horseracing Board (BHB) on the first case to be brought under the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997. BHB claimed that bookmaker William Hill, which was advised by Allen & Overy (A&O), was infringing its database rights by using it for its online offering. Companies are allowed to […]

a year ago this week

SJ Berwin sparks salary war SJ Berwin sparked a salary war by increasing newly-qualified lawyer salaries to £42,000 from the £33,000 industry standard. As documented in The Lawyer, several have followed suit, including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose. Later, KLegal raised salaries to £45,000. US firms i n London offering New York […]

Ford Credit links up with Lovells for Prince's Trust pro bono work

Ford Credit is setting up a pro bono initiative with the Prince’s Trust, becoming, it is believed, only the third in-house legal department to provide free legal advice. The five-strong legal team is working with Lovells, particularly Yasmin Waljee, a full-time pro bono coordinator at the firm, to provide general advice to young people who […]

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