Will Brexit harm UK patent law?

Patent lawyers from England and Wales are to visit the US this spring for a series of roadshows, aimed and sending across the message that their work will be unaffected by Brexit.  The roadshows will take place in Washington DC, Boston and San Francisco with the new president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Study on Identifying / Removing barriers to AI in Legal Services to receive £1m in funding

A three-year study focused on identifying and removing barriers to AI in the legal services is to receive £1 million in funding by the government, as part of the latest round of funding provided for AI research. £3m is to be allocated to research, under the AI and Data Grand Challenge announced in last year’s[…]

KPMG to double lawyer headcount within next few years

KPMG have announced that they are to double their lawyer headcount to over 3000 lawyers, making it one of the largest law firms in the world.  The Big Four have made a rapid expansion into the Legal Services market. They offer not only their brand strength, but in some cases, an unbeatable client base and[…]