The importance of context: advice for General Counsels

Every organisation is different. Therefore, it is best to avoid the generalisation that working ‘in-house’ is the same wherever you go. Understanding the wider business context of your company could help steer company growth in the right direction. The demand for in-house teams to provide more for less is more apparent than ever before. It[…]

Study on Identifying / Removing barriers to AI in Legal Services to receive £1m in funding

A three-year study focused on identifying and removing barriers to AI in the legal services is to receive £1 million in funding by the government, as part of the latest round of funding provided for AI research. £3m is to be allocated to research, under the AI and Data Grand Challenge announced in last year’s[…]

KPMG to double lawyer headcount within next few years

KPMG have announced that they are to double their lawyer headcount to over 3000 lawyers, making it one of the largest law firms in the world.  The Big Four have made a rapid expansion into the Legal Services market. They offer not only their brand strength, but in some cases, an unbeatable client base and[…]

Facebook’s General Counsel has now announced is not leaving

Colin Stretch, Facebook’s General Counsel, announced back in July 2018 that he would leave the company at the end of the year. The announcement came in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, at a time when the company was still dealing with backlash regarding the company’s use of private data and the circulation[…]

Flexible working hours have returned to the Ministry of Justice’s agenda

The ability for our lawyers to have flexible working hours is important to Contax Law. We recognise the benefits of our contractors having more autonomy over their working life. It allows people to balance their work schedules with their personal obligations and reduces commuting time and expenses. These benefits are not just relevant to the[…]

The Crown Prosecution Service goes on hiring spree to prepare for ‘No Deal’ Brexit

Contax Law briefing – After months of negotiation, Theresa May announced yesterday that the UK and the EU have agreed a draft text for the Brexit agreement. The agreement includes a UK-wide customs “backstop” aimed at ensuring there are no physical border checks introduced in Northern Ireland. The pound surged against the dollar and euro[…]

How to manage a geographically-dispersed department

This article was written by Caroline Spiezio for Corporate Counsel and can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/11/07/a-legal-team-geographically-divided-how-to-manage-a-dispersed-department/ Amazon is hardly the first company to geographically disperse employees in recent years, a transition that’s left many GCs attempting to manage staff around the country and globe. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal reported, Amazon is[…]

Over 1,000 lawyers embrace remote-working ‘gig economy’

This article was written by John Hyde for the Law Gazette and can be found at: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/over-1000-lawyers-embrace-remote-working-gig-economy/5068266.article More than 1,000 lawyers in the UK now work remotely in practices outside the traditional firm environment, new figures suggest. Research by accountants and business advisory group Hazlewoods showed the number of lawyers working for so-called ‘platform’ firms has[…]

AI tool ‘will help in-house counsel decide on disputes’

This article was written by Max Walters for the Law Gazette and can be found at: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/city-firms-ai-tool-will-help-in-house-counsel-decide-on-disputes/5068213.article Transatlantic firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has introduced a tool that implements artificial intelligence to evaluate legal risks in the early stages of disputes and investigations. The firm said its ‘Clear/Cut’ model brings together data including machine learning[…]

Can AI be criminally accountable?

This article was written by Theo Richardson-Gool for Legal Cheek and can be found at: https://www.legalcheek.com/lc-journal-posts/can-ai-be-criminally-accountable Artificial intelligence (AI) takes decisions away from humans, but who is accountable? Do different legal standards apply to AI? Can AI be criminally accountable? Is a human-based legal system fit for autonomous machines? Initially, it seems logical, for example, that[…]