EY’s legal march stepped up with outsourcing acquisition

A member of the big four accountancy firm EY took a step worthy of attention towards the legal market with the acquisition of a legal process outsourcing business from Thomas Reuters. On Wednesday the 3rd of April, it was confirmed by EY that an agreement to purchase the Pangea3 Legal Managed Services business was set[…]

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[…]

Brand new tech said to halve the cost of transcripts

Voice recognition software will be harnessed by a social enterprise which was set up by legal aid barrister Sophie Walker. She is the current CEO of Just-Transcription. The primary aim for this technology is to slash the cost of court transcripts. This new technology is said to aid in the understanding of the workings of[…]

Pinsent Masons brings flexible lawyer service to Hong Kong

VARIO HAS LAUNCHED IN HONG KONG! Pinsent Masons has expanded its flexible lawyering arm to Hong Kong. It is in response to a growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region from lawyers who want to work differently and more independently. Matthew Kay, managing director of Vario: ‘The legal world is changing, and more businesses need quality[…]

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,[…]

Clifford Chance launch flexible working commitments

The pilots are part of the firm’s commitment to having a more flexible approach. They are being launched under the umbrella “Clifford Chance Choice”. 2 months unpaid leave Starting from this week, the lawyers who are eligible will be able to apply for two months unpaid holiday during the 2019/2020 financial year. London-based associates and[…]

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[…]

KPMG has opened an associate law firm in Hong Kong

KPMG has announced their latest expansion. The professional services firm has opened an associate law firm in Hong Kong, with future plans to open a further firm in Shanghai later this year. The Hong Kong firm will be known as SF Lawyers. It plans to hire 4 senior lawyers and 2 senior associates over the[…]