Banking 2018: Trends & Conclusions

The past year has witnessed great change in the landscape of the banking sector, with the decrease in deal volume and the proliferation of alternative sources of financing continuing to affect the market. Traditional lenders have also faced the challenges brought by the rise of fintech, with developments such as peer-to-peer lending, blockchain and digital[…]


The firm with highest concentration of tech staff is… Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has more technology-focused staff per fee-earner than any other top 100 firm ranked in this year’s UK 200: Business Services report, The Lawyer can reveal. In 2016/17 Slaughters had a total of 84 technology staff to 754 fee-earners, a ratio of nine to one. Collectively, in this year’s report 139 firms provided data on their[…]


Top 20 Legal IT Innovations 2017: A&O and Deloitte’s MarginMatrix – a mini law firm in your computer

Last year, Legal Week Intelligence, in association with Fulcrum GT, profiled 20 innovators driving change in the legal sector. We focused on what inspired these figures to shift their views and how this bred innovation. In 2017, we look at the innovations themselves. The Top 20 Legal IT Innovations report aims to get to the heart of[…]


El Salvador’s Absolute Ban on Abortion

Enshrined in the penal code, which became effective in 1998, abortion is criminalised in El Salvador in all circumstances, rendering it one of the world’s most draconian abortion laws, lying in stark contrast to the global trend of liberalisation. Even in instances where the woman’s life is at risk, the pregnancy is a result of[…]


LinkedIn For lawyers: 10 Profile Tips

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful social networking tools available for lawyers, thanks to its unique concentration of professionals prepared for networking. According to the American Bar Association’s 2016 Legal Technology Survey, nearly 80 percent  of law firms maintain a LinkedIn presence. Colleagues and potential clients are turning to LinkedIn as a source of information[…]


SRA ushers in ‘Uberisation’ of legal services

The SRA today signalled what it called the ‘Uberisation’ of the legal market with the advent of the freelance solicitor. The regulator proposes to make it easier for solicitors to provide reserved legal services on a freelance basis to the public. They would not be required to register as a sole practitioner or be employed[…]

Mother, lawyer and leader: How one lawyer aced flexible working

A principal at an Australian law firm has shared how her employer supported her to stay on her career path after having a child. Catherine Brooks is a principal specialising in workplace relations at Melbourne-based law firm Moores. Ms Brooks said she was teary when she told the other principals at the firm about her[…]

Sole trader or company

Sole Trader or Company?

Hi guys, Our accountants have produced a useful document on contracting and freelancing, and whether you should become a sole trader or a company. If anyone would be interested in meeting them to find out more information they offer a no obligation initial meeting. All contact details can be found under posts when you join[…]