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,[…]

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[…]

Eight Things I Learnt from Working In-House: Susan Fetterman

Susan Fetterman is currently the Content Manager for LexisNexis in NYC. She is specifically the CM for the Real Estate module where she is responsible for drafting, developing and editing practical guides in this practice area. She is the former Counsel for White & Williams and former Assistant General Counsel for the School District of[…]

Lawtech startups struggle to attract law firm customers

“A natural aversion to risk and a heavier regulatory burden mean lawtech startups struggle to attract law firm customers and find it difficult to progress beyond the ‘innovation’ stage”. A study by IT market analyst TechMarketView show that lawtech predominantly remains in the initial ‘innovation’ and ‘early adoption’ stage and is far from fundamentally transforming the provision of legal[…]

Contax are contenders for the Legal Week and The Lawyer Awards 2019

Contax Law began development of an App for its pool of contractor lawyers in June 2018 and focused on creating a product which is easy to use and capable of enhancing the community support we already provide. We plan to launch the App within the next couple of months. CX’s mission is to build flexible career paths for our[…]

The Best Law Firms for Diversity: Chosen by GC’s

All law firms nowadays discuss their Diversity and Inclusion policies and initiatives; all marketing themselves as being the most committed to diversity. What is proven to be less common-knowledge is what the clients think. Legal Week has interviewed 12 UK General Counsel’s from major companies, including 4 FTSE-100 institutions to see who they think is[…]