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[…]

Will AI replace lawyers? Assessing the potential of artificial intelligence in legal services.

Certain parts of this article was written by Tim Watkins for Computer weekly. The Original article can be found via: https://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Will-AI-replace-lawyers-Assessing-the-potential-of-artificial-intelligence-in-legal-services It is obvious that lawyers do not expect AI to replace them, however the potential for the technology in law and other professional services must not be underestimated.  A US study conducted in 2018[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

KPMG to launch legal consulting service in the UK

KPMG has announced that they are to launch a legal consultancy arm in the UK in the next few months. The big 4 firm have already begun hiring for it. The practice will be part of the Legal Operations & Transformation Services (LOTS). This team focuses on helping in-house counsel identify ‘technologies, flexible resources and[…]

In-House Training Contracts? The future of flexible lawyering

There are various companies who are authorised to provide in-house training contracts. This type of training differs from private practice as the company you work for is effectively your client. Approximately 500 companies are allowed to offer training contracts in the UK, but these businesses tend to only recruit as and when they are needed.[…]