All articles by Grania Langdon-Down

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    Connecting the dots

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Grania Langdon-Down looks at the current state of proptech – where and how it’s being used, how law firms can use it, and what it might mean for the future of property practice 

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    Onwards and upwards

    2019-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Accountancy firms of all sizes are looking to build up their legal offerings. But will this challenge mid-sized law firms, or drive new ways of working together? And what effect will proposed regulatory changes have? Grania Langdon-Down investigates

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    Shock of the new

    2018-11-06T00:11:00Z

    The business of death is changing, as technology alters the way people are living their lives. How long before blockchain technology, e-signatures and chatbots become common on the private client stage? What else is waiting in the wings? Grania Langdon-Down investigates

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    Exit polls

    2018-10-02T00:00:00Z

    With odds shortening for a ‘fudged’ or no-deal Brexit, law firms are being advised to hope for the best but prepare for the worst, as the clock ticks down to March 2019. Grania Langdon-Down investigates

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    On the up

    2017-10-10T00:00:00Z

    The take-up of apprenticeships in law firms has been cautious, but the concept is now starting to gain traction. Grania Langdon-Down speaks to firms about the practicalities, benefits and challenges of taking on apprentices. 

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    Heart of the matter

    2016-11-08T00:00:00Z

    If you are looking to merge or be acquired, you need to understand your firm’s value, and maximise it by effective planning and due diligence. Grania Langdon-Down talks to the experts

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    A run for your money?

    2016-07-18T13:42:00Z

    Grania Langdon-Down explores competition in the probate market

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    Emergency exit

    2015-11-03T00:00:00Z

    With firms feeling increasingly squeezed from all sides, it may seem tempting to divest yourself of underperforming practice areas. But getting it wrong could just make things worse. Grania Langdon-Down looks at the dos and don’ts

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    ABS case study: BT

    2015-07-01T11:56:00Z

    BT’s legal team became an ABS in March 2013. Chief counsel Archana Makol, in conversation with Grania Langdon-Down , explains why they made the decision, and the new subsidiary’s strategy.

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    Inside knowledge

    2015-06-26T15:24:00Z

    General counsel turned leadership coach Mark Prebble talks to Grania Langdon-Down about the challenges of leadership in-house and gives practical advice on improving your leadership skills

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    Players not gatekeepers

    2015-06-26T15:22:00Z

    Heads of legal and general counsel from across the sectors talk to Grania Langdon-Down about leading their teams and leadership at an organisational level

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    Case study: leading a merger

    2015-06-26T15:00:00Z

    Mark Harvey talks to Grania Langdon-Down about leading the merger between Age Concern and Help the Aged

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    Under cover

    2015-02-15T19:29:00Z

    After a year when much-heralded proposals to reform the professional indemnity insurance market flared briefly before being snuffed out, will 2015 see any significant changes in the renewal process? Grania Langdon-Down reports

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    The alternative lifestyle

    2014-11-04T15:42:00Z

    Grania Langdon-Down investigates the trend towards in-house departments becoming ABSs

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    ABS case study: BT

    2014-11-04T15:20:00Z

    BT’s legal team became an ABS in March 2013. Chief counsel Archana Makol, in conversation with Grania Langdon-Down , explains why they made the decision, and the new subsidiary’s strategy

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    ABS case study: HB Public Law

    2014-11-04T12:15:00Z

    Harrow Council’s legal department is one of only two local authority shared services ventures to have been awarded ABS status. Grania Langdon-Down  talks to Linda Walker about the decision and the process

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    Manning of the hour

    2014-05-07T00:00:00Z

    Nicola Manning of McMillan Williams on promoting diversity in the profession

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    Golden Brown

    2013-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Wosskow Brown managing partner, Ian Brown, on securing new banking facilities worth nearly £2m

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    A run for your money

    2013-09-11T00:00:00Z

    Solicitors’ involvement in property fraud may be very small, but they remain an attractive target for fraudsters, with potentially dire consequences for both them and their firms. Grania Langdon-Down looks at what solicitors can do to protect themselves

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    Set apart

    2013-08-13T00:00:00Z

    Guy and Chris Setford of Setfords Solicitors on the benefits of moving to a fee-sharing model