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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How to make legal products more accessible through design

“It is really important to understand that applying design principles to legal work does not mean that you are drawing flowers on a due diligence report or adding a couple of icons to a contract.” “It is about focusing on the users and getting to know your end-user before you do anything. That is something[…]

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,[…]

Eight Things I Learnt from Working In-House: Susan Fetterman

Susan Fetterman is currently the Content Manager for LexisNexis in NYC. She is specifically the CM for the Real Estate module where she is responsible for drafting, developing and editing practical guides in this practice area. She is the former Counsel for White & Williams and former Assistant General Counsel for the School District of[…]

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 launch legal consulting service in the UK

KPMG has announced that they are to launch a legal consultancy arm in the UK in the next few months. The big 4 firm have already begun hiring for it. The practice will be part of the Legal Operations & Transformation Services (LOTS). This team focuses on helping in-house counsel identify ‘technologies, flexible resources and[…]

In-House Training Contracts? The future of flexible lawyering

There are various companies who are authorised to provide in-house training contracts. This type of training differs from private practice as the company you work for is effectively your client. Approximately 500 companies are allowed to offer training contracts in the UK, but these businesses tend to only recruit as and when they are needed.[…]

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[…]