Dechert embraces a new relaxed dress code

Dechert lawyers can now wear jeans ANY day of the week! The firm already has a “business casual” dress policy, which was updated last week to specifically cater for jeans. Dechert’s director of human resources, Caroline Bowes: “As a forward-thinking business with an innovative culture, our change in business dress code is about inclusivity, empowering[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Companies Are Spending More and More on Cybersecurity

This article was written by Dan Clark for Corporate Counsel and can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/10/17/companies-are-spending-more-and-more-on-cybersecurity-report-says/ The BDO Global advisory report is the result of a survey of approximately 140 members of boards of directors from 100 publicly traded companies. Companies are spending more and more on their cybersecurity, according to a report released on[…]

Walmart: AI Legal Tech in Action

This article was written by Stephanie Forshee for Corporate Counsel. The original article can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/05/07/the-ai-tech-thats-saving-walmarts-in-house-lawyers-time/?kw=The%20AI%20Tech%20That%27s%20Saving%20Walmart%27s%20In-House%20Lawyers%20Time&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel&cn=20180507&src=EMC-Email&pt=AfternoonUpdate Walmart Inc.’s litigators have found a way to reduce the time spent on answers and initial discovery dramatically—by about 60 to 80 percent. That’s according to Alan Bryan, Walmart’s senior associate GC of legal operations and outside counsel management, who is championing[…]

BigLaw “Innovation Gap”?

This article was written by Roy Strom for Corporate Counsel. The original article can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/03/28/big-talk-little-action-survey-details-big-law-innovation-gap/?kw=Big%20Talk%2C%20Little%20Action?%20Survey%20Details%20Big%20Law%20%27Innovation%20Gap%27&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel&cn=20180328&src=EMC-Email&pt=AfternoonUpdate.  Talk of transforming the legal marketplace is often predicated on new or soon-to-be new technologies that promise to make the practice of law more efficient. Artificial intelligence will do better legal research. Knowledge management systems will put your best work product at your[…]

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.[…]