The Benefits to working in-house

Greater Variety of Work In-house lawyers get the benefit of being exposed to a greater variety of work. Whereas in private practice, the difference is that you would be situated within a specific practice area/department (with the exception of a few law firms – Jones Day comes to mind). Working in-house can give you more[…]

WeWork boasts huge growth – but losses double

WeWork – recently re-branded to The We Company – has reported doubling its revenue from last year to an impressive $1.82bn. However, its umbrella company also reported annual losses of $1.93bn for 2018. The jump in revenue was due to an increase in membership to 401,000 at the end of 2018, up from 186,000 from the year before. Now many[…]

Should GC’s sit on the board?

Kate Teh, Group Legal Director for Telegraph Media Group has said that General Counsel’s should sit beside the board – not on it. She has stated that board alignment with the General Counsel is an “excellent thing”, stressing how GC input is valuable and highly important. It can help shape the direction the company is[…]

Interview with GC of Crabtree & Evelyn

Interview with the in-house General Counsel of Crabtree & Evelyn – Katie Power  The UK may be slow to shift from the standard 9-5, but Katie Power recognises the advantages! She expressed her determination in ensuring her team members retain lives outside of their jobs. “I tell them to take a long lunch break and[…]

Pinsent Masons brings flexible lawyer service to Hong Kong

VARIO HAS LAUNCHED IN HONG KONG! Pinsent Masons has expanded its flexible lawyering arm to Hong Kong. It is in response to a growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region from lawyers who want to work differently and more independently. Matthew Kay, managing director of Vario: ‘The legal world is changing, and more businesses need quality[…]

Dechert embraces a new relaxed dress code

Dechert lawyers can now wear jeans ANY day of the week! The firm already has a “business casual” dress policy, which was updated last week to specifically cater for jeans. Dechert’s director of human resources, Caroline Bowes: “As a forward-thinking business with an innovative culture, our change in business dress code is about inclusivity, empowering[…]

How to make legal products more accessible through design

“It is really important to understand that applying design principles to legal work does not mean that you are drawing flowers on a due diligence report or adding a couple of icons to a contract.” “It is about focusing on the users and getting to know your end-user before you do anything. That is something[…]

Bristol’s Legal Scene and the rise of Agile Working

Law firms are redesigning their offices to be “agile-ready” as Stephen Dilley, a commercial litigation partner at Womble Bond Dickinson described it at last month’s ‘Secrets to Success’ event with The University of Law (ULaw) in Bristol. Lawyers are mobile and can take their work ‘to go’. “Geography matters much less than it ever used to.” For James Sutherland,[…]

Clifford Chance launch flexible working commitments

The pilots are part of the firm’s commitment to having a more flexible approach. They are being launched under the umbrella “Clifford Chance Choice”. 2 months unpaid leave Starting from this week, the lawyers who are eligible will be able to apply for two months unpaid holiday during the 2019/2020 financial year. London-based associates and[…]

Partnership model declines

The traditional partnership model in the legal sector has dramatically declined over the years, with almost half of all firms now taking an incorporated company model. Equally, 1,300 of England and Wales’ 10,000 law firms are now operating as an ABS. The legal sector is still as profitable as ever, with the sector generating £35.1bn across the[…]