SMCR will not cover Heads of Legal

Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR) was implemented in March 2016 by the UK Regulators, namely the FCA and the PRA. The legislation aimed at extending regulatory accountability to senior managers within top banks. This was an attempt to reduce corruption and increase compliance within the UK’s financial services market. In July 2018, the FCA[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

AI tool ‘will help in-house counsel decide on disputes’

This article was written by Max Walters for the Law Gazette and can be found at: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/city-firms-ai-tool-will-help-in-house-counsel-decide-on-disputes/5068213.article Transatlantic firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has introduced a tool that implements artificial intelligence to evaluate legal risks in the early stages of disputes and investigations. The firm said its ‘Clear/Cut’ model brings together data including machine learning[…]

How to overcome a bad first impression

A New Yale Study Says You Can Overcome a Bad First Impression By Doing This 1 Simple Thing This article was written by Scott Mautz  for Thrive Global and can be found at https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/47744-a-new-yale-study-says-you-can-overcome-a-bad-first-impression-by-doing-this-1-simple-thing We all want to manage impressions of ourselves (except for those who truly don’t care or who appear on CBS’s Big Brother). We don’t[…]

Innovation and the Big Mo

This article was reposted with the permission of the author, Richard Moorhead @richardmoorhead, Professor of Law and Professional Ethics and Vice Dean (Research) at UCL Faculty of Laws, Centre for Ethics and Law. The original article can be found on https://lawyerwatch.wordpress.com/page/2/  Political campaigns, and the journalists that surround them, love to talk of the big Mo.[…]

Legal Project Management Skills for Contract Lawyers

This post was contributed by Antony Smith of Legal Project Management Ltd     Project Management in City Law Firms I am sure that many contract lawyers working in the City of London have come across the notion of Legal Project Management (LPM) and indeed have probably worked alongside legal project managers. Most of the[…]