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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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Bar regulator kicks off code of conduct overhaul

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A&O lures Simmons team for Abu Dhabi launch

Allen & Overy(A&O) has continued its expansion in the Middle East, opening its second office in a month through a raid on Simmons & Simmons in Abu Dhabi. The magic circle firm has hired Simmons Abu Dhabi managing partner Ibrahim Mubaydeen, who has expertise in project finance and particularly in infrastructure and energy. He brings […]

BLG makes up 36 to new semi-partner role

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has introduced a new management level of associate director as part of the firm’s continued shake-up. The grade came into force this week with 36 associates being made up associate director, which is a new status level between associate and partner. The position of associate director is not necessarily an […]

Ombudsman raises Legal Services Bill fears

The legal services ombudsman Zahida Manzoor has voiced concerns about the detail of the Legal Services Bill, but on the whole calls the Government’s aims laudable. Manzoor, in her annual report, urged the Government to ensure reforms deliver what was intended for the consumer and the profession. The report states that Manzoor is particularly concerned […]

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