Firms unprepared for tough new data protection laws

One in four UK businesses are deaf to the biggest shake-up in data protection law in 20 years, a report out today suggests.

Addleshaw Goddard's John Joyce, left, and Malcolm McPherson of HBJ Gateley have spent months finalising their merger plans. Picture: Chris Watt

Latest cross-border legal merger set to complete

It may not grab the headlines like Pippa Middleton’s wedding did over the weekend, but the senior partners who have thrashed out next Thursday’s official tie-up between Scotland’s HBJ Gateley and England’s Addleshaw Goddard argue it will be a good marriage for all.

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Joey Barton departed Rangers following a training ground bust-up. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Paman Singh: Tackling player issues off the pitch

The annual circus that is UK football’s summer transfer window is fast approaching and many struggling clubs (and their supporters) are looking for a significant turnover of players in the hope of a better season ahead.

Anderson Strathern managing partner Murray McCall said the law firm had delivered a 'very steady set of numbers'. Picture: Jane Barlow

Anderson Strathern returns to growth after client wins

Law firm Anderson Strathern has revealed a slight dip in turnover in its latest annual results, but said it has returned to growth this year with a series of high-profile client wins.

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Could artificial intelligence have a place alongside the law books? Picture: Robert Perry

Legal firms plugging into technological changes

Technology is set to have the greatest impact on law firms over the next five years, according to a new poll of industry leaders.

Deployment of solar power in the UK has been rapid, writes Ronan Lambe of law firm Pinsent Masons. Picture: Contributed

Ronan Lambe: Shining a light on solar power advantages

The recent end to subsidies has resulted in something of a cliff edge for the development of new large scale solar parks in the UK.

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MacRoberts senior partner David Flint looks at the Brexit consequences for trading goods with the EU. Picture: Contributed

David Flint: Brexit issues for trademark holders

One of the benefits for business and consumers from EU membership has been the existence of the single market; goods placed legitimately on the market in one member state can travel freely throughout the common market.

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Robust legal foundations are needed for the development of green energy, says Gillespie Macandrew partner Colin Hamilton. Picture: John Devlin

Colin Hamilton: Robust laws needed to keep lights on

Modern life depends on reliable electricity supplies. But as the balance between supply and demand gets increasingly complicated to juggle significant investment is required to secure that reliability in the future.

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'There is a real buzz within the firm,' said Thorntons joint managing partner Craig Nicol. Picture: Contributed

Law firm Thorntons targets further growth in Edinburgh

Tayside-headquartered legal firm Thorntons has outlined plans to further grow its footprint in Edinburgh as fee income from the capital operation spirals well into seven figures.

Police Scotland launch Operation Close Pass, which will see drivers pulled over for passing too closely an unmarked police cyclist.

Leader comment: Road safety is a two-way street

Although we might aspire to be the kind of environmentally friendly nation where the encouragement and growth of cycling is a demonstration of impeccable green credentials, we have to admit that we are a long way from a level of participation that can even hint at that ideal. Part of the reason why is that many would-be cyclists do not feel safe.

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Trade marks and patents are valuable assets for many businesses. Picture: Corbis

New laws should take the heat out of IP disputes

The recent dispute between BrewDog and the Lone Wolf pub highlights that businesses often become involved in disputes about intellectual property (IP) – such as trade marks, patents and designs.

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Pinsent Masons partner Tom Stocker says US-style deferred prosecution agreements could be coming to Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Tom Stocker: Screw tightens on unscrupulous practices

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) last week published a report which assessed the effectiveness of UK and Scottish law enforcement agencies in detecting and prosecuting bribery and corruption of foreign public officials.

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Bruce Farquhar takes over as Anderson Strathern chairman on Friday. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Change at the helm of law firm Anderson Strathern

Law firm Anderson Strathern today announced that chairman Robert Carr is to retire on Friday after 12 years at the helm.

Morton Fraser's CEO said Linda Urquhart has been 'breaking glass ceilings' throughout her career. Picture: Esme Allen

Linda Urquhart to retire as chair of Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser today said that its chair, Linda Urquhart, is to retire after more than three decades with the law firm.

Valerie Surgenor says firms 'should not delay' in preparing for the new regulation. Picture: Contributed

Valerie Surgenor: The impact of privacy rule changes

The European Commission has proposed a new e-Privacy Regulation that will replace the current directive and overhaul the rules in relation to privacy and electronic communications.

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Dame Katherine Grainger, with Glen Gilson, left, and Matthew Gray of legal practice Gilson Gray. Picture: Wullie Marr

Katherine Grainger makes waves at leadership event

Olympian Dame Katherine Grainger has returned to the podium to give a talk at the office of Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray.

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The merged firm will have offices across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Dunblane. Picture: Mark F Gibson

Law firm WJM in expansion mode with BMK Wilson merger

Law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie (WJM) is growing its services in Scotland by merging with BMK Wilson as of May.

Kirk Murdoch was hailed as one of the most distinguished lawyers of his generation. Picture: Contributed

Kirk Murdoch, doyen of Scots law sector, passes away

Pinsent Masons has announced “with great sadness” that Kirk Murdoch, chairman of the law firm in Scotland and Northern Ireland, has passed away “following a brave battle with illness”.

Eilidh Wiseman, President of the Law Society of Scotland

Opening the door to a bright future in law

The law is constantly evolving, both in terms of the legislation itself and the people who are shaping the profession. Where the law was traditionally dominated by educated men of a certain class, work is being – and has been – done to make the profession more accessible to people from backgrounds where a career as a solicitor may never previously have been an option.

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Family firms face unique challenges as time moves on

Relative issues for family businesses

Identifying a successor for a family firm is something that keeps many proprietors awake

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