How Does Working In-House Differ from Private Practice?

Working as an in-house lawyer tends to be seen as a very different experience than working in private practice. It is not only the environment or pay that differs, but also the type of work you are doing. As a private practice lawyer, your aim is to generate revenue and income for the firm. In-house[…]

SRA have dropped plans to reduce PII minimum to £500,000

The Solicitors Regulation Authority earlier this year planned to reduce the minimum cover of PII from £2 million to £500,000, after failing to do so back in 2014. However, it was confirmed earlier this week that these plans have again been put on the back-burner, with changes to the compensation fund and other more urgent issues[…]

How is AI shaping the legal profession?

Machine Learning is a type of data analytics founded on the idea that systems can learn from data and identify patterns in order to make decisions without the need for human involvement. Whether it is a virtual assistant able to provide medical advice or an advisory chatbot who helps with generic enquiries – the use[…]

Royal Mail’s General Counsel to join Easyjet

Royal Mail’s General Counsel Maaike de Bie is to join Easyjet, taking the top legal spot in the company come mid-2019. Maaike will replace Daud Khan (partner at Clifford Chance) as General Counsel. She has been a revolutionary counsel for the five years spent working for Royal Mail and is well known for her innovative[…]

New “Hotline to your lawyer” app

A new legal services app called LegalDefence is to be piloted in the UK, offering legal advice on matters ranging from landlord and neighbour disputes to driving and parking offences. The LegalDefence app was created by LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans. The app aims to change the way consumers[…]

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[…]