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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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Wragge & Co now offers its employees the chance to take a week of unpaid leave. Wendy Morrison explains Wragge & Co’s unpaid leave scheme, introduced by senior partner Quentin Poole in April 2003, has proved such a success that the original 12-month period has been extended to December 2004. Poole said that his firm […]

Orrick takes further advantage of CC closures

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has topped its mass hire of Clifford Chance West Coast partners by taking on the bulk of the firm’s associates and staff. Orrick has recruited 16 associates and another 18 staff to join the eight partners who left Clifford Chance’s soon-to-close San Francisco and Los Angeles offices a few weeks ago. […]

Skadden Arps appoints Russian office leaders

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has appointed joint heads for Moscow, drafting in a project finance and M&A specialist from its Chicago office. Dmitri Kovalenko’s move from the US to Moscow means that he, along with resident lawyer Alexey Kiyashko, will become European counsel as well as co-heads of the office. Partner Pranav Trivedi […]

Mourant du Feu makes leap into Cayman Islands

Jersey’s Mourant du Feu & Jeune has extended its reach to the Cayman Islands, making it the third Channel Islands firm to launch a Caribbean practice this year. Mourant du Feu is hoping to win corporate instructions through the move while at the same time the firm is waiting for the outcome of a license […]

US firms merger rate accelerates

The rate of merger and acquisition activity between US law firms has intensified over the current year, with more tie-ups expected in the coming months. According to research by Hildebrandt International, during the first six months of 2004, there were 30 completed mergers between US law firms, with nine alliances cemented in the second quarter […]

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