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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Majority of in-house teams will take to AI

A recent global business survey has predicted that well over half of in-house legal departments will have AI systems set up over the next year, with an aim that it will help with analysing and reviewing contracts. US analyst Ari Kaplan Advisors, acting for Seal Software – a supplier of AI-based contract review systems, found[…]

Why working from home should be standard practice

Nicholas Bloom is a Professor in the department of economics at Stanford University. He also co-directs the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the US’ National Bureau of Economic Research. He conduced a study which he discussed on his TEDxStanford Talk: “Go Ahead, Tell your boss you are working from home.”  Bloom wanted to really convince people.[…]