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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How to manage a geographically-dispersed department

This article was written by Caroline Spiezio for Corporate Counsel and can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/11/07/a-legal-team-geographically-divided-how-to-manage-a-dispersed-department/ Amazon is hardly the first company to geographically disperse employees in recent years, a transition that’s left many GCs attempting to manage staff around the country and globe. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal reported, Amazon is[…]

Over 1,000 lawyers embrace remote-working ‘gig economy’

This article was written by John Hyde for the Law Gazette and can be found at: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/over-1000-lawyers-embrace-remote-working-gig-economy/5068266.article More than 1,000 lawyers in the UK now work remotely in practices outside the traditional firm environment, new figures suggest. Research by accountants and business advisory group Hazlewoods showed the number of lawyers working for so-called ‘platform’ firms has[…]