How do we pay our contractors? – Sonovate explained

Our contract lawyers are paid on a fixed hourly/daily rate for their assignment and contract with Contax on a non-exclusive basis – ensuring IR35 compliance. Contax have a long-standing relationship with Sonovate, who are our online third-party timesheet and payment authorisers.   On a monthly basis, our contractors submit their timesheets online, which generates a[…]

WeWork boasts huge growth – but losses double

WeWork – recently re-branded to The We Company – has reported doubling its revenue from last year to an impressive $1.82bn. However, its umbrella company also reported annual losses of $1.93bn for 2018. The jump in revenue was due to an increase in membership to 401,000 at the end of 2018, up from 186,000 from the year before. Now many[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Flexible lawyering start-up Lexoo secures $4.4m for business development overhaul

This article was written by Tom Baker for Legal Business. The original article can be found at: https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/blogs/part-of-a-wider-trend-flexible-lawyering-start-up-lexoo-secures-4-4m-for-business-development-overhaul/ Often described as the legal equivalent of Uber, flexible lawyering start-up Lexoo has secured $4.4m in financing to overhaul its global business development. The backing has been led by investment house Earlybird with additional financing from Forward Partners[…]

Is Flexible Working Too Focused on Female Talent?

This article was written for Lawyers Weekly. The original article was found via: https://www.lawyer-monthly.com/2018/05/is-flexible-working-too-focused-on-female-talent/.  Organisations must proactively encourage a culture of flexibility across the entire workforce, or risk negatively impacting employee engagement levels and the ability to attract and retain top talent. That is the advice from global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions. The call[…]

The Cost of Interruptions for Lawyers

This article was written by Willie Peacock for GoClio. The original article was found via:  https://www.clio.com/blog/true-cost-of-interruptions-for-lawyers/ Whether it’s intrusions by infants or tremoring technology vibrating its way across your desk, staying focused is a big problem for legal professionals. 68% of legal professionals surveyed in the 2017 Legal Trends Report agreed with the statement that there are not enough[…]