KPMG has opened an associate law firm in Hong Kong

KPMG has announced their latest expansion. The professional services firm has opened an associate law firm in Hong Kong, with future plans to open a further firm in Shanghai later this year. The Hong Kong firm will be known as SF Lawyers. It plans to hire 4 senior lawyers and 2 senior associates over the[…]

May’s Brexit deal gets voted down in historic defeat

Yesterday, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down in a historic Commons defeat. The deal was rejected by 230 votes: the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. Corbyn issued a vote of no confidence in the government, set to take place tonight, which could trigger a general election. It is advised that businesses[…]

2019 marks 100 years of women in law

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which made it, for the first time, possible for women to qualify as barristers or solicitors. Four women from Oxbridge who had received first class degrees were finally allowed to pass their Solicitors exams to become lawyers. We all remember the case of[…]

It is announced today that Elevate is to purchase UK-based flexible lawyer firm Halebury

The US legal business Elevate has purchased the UK-based flexible lawyer firm Halebury, creating a combined business of over 1,000 staff and $70m in annual revenue. Halebury, as an ABS, will continue to operate under its own name and branding in the UK. Elevate provides legal technology, consulting and flexible lawyering to in-house legal departments[…]

Uber loses its latest appeal in UK employment case

On the 19th December 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down their judgement in Uber v Aslam, Farrar & Ors, concerning the legal status of their drivers. Uber was challenged by two drivers, Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar, who argued they should be entitled to worker’s rights. Master of the rolls Sir Terence Etherton, along with[…]

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[…]