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[…]

May’s Brexit deal gets voted down in historic defeat

Yesterday, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down in a historic Commons defeat. The deal was rejected by 230 votes: the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. Corbyn issued a vote of no confidence in the government, set to take place tonight, which could trigger a general election. It is advised that businesses[…]

2019 marks 100 years of women in law

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which made it, for the first time, possible for women to qualify as barristers or solicitors. Four women from Oxbridge who had received first class degrees were finally allowed to pass their Solicitors exams to become lawyers. We all remember the case of[…]

It is announced today that Elevate is to purchase UK-based flexible lawyer firm Halebury

The US legal business Elevate has purchased the UK-based flexible lawyer firm Halebury, creating a combined business of over 1,000 staff and $70m in annual revenue. Halebury, as an ABS, will continue to operate under its own name and branding in the UK. Elevate provides legal technology, consulting and flexible lawyering to in-house legal departments[…]

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[…]

Over 1,000 lawyers embrace remote-working ‘gig economy’

This article was written by John Hyde for the Law Gazette and can be found at: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/over-1000-lawyers-embrace-remote-working-gig-economy/5068266.article More than 1,000 lawyers in the UK now work remotely in practices outside the traditional firm environment, new figures suggest. Research by accountants and business advisory group Hazlewoods showed the number of lawyers working for so-called ‘platform’ firms has[…]

AI tool ‘will help in-house counsel decide on disputes’

This article was written by Max Walters for the Law Gazette and can be found at: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/city-firms-ai-tool-will-help-in-house-counsel-decide-on-disputes/5068213.article Transatlantic firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has introduced a tool that implements artificial intelligence to evaluate legal risks in the early stages of disputes and investigations. The firm said its ‘Clear/Cut’ model brings together data including machine learning[…]

Top tips for tackling a corporate crisis: Advice from GC’s who’ve been there.

This article was written for Legal Week and can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/10/18/top-tips-for-tackling-a-corporate-crisis-from-gcs-whove-been-there/?kw=Top%20tips%20for%20tackling%20a%20corporate%20crisis%2C%20from%20GCs%20who%27ve%20been%20there&et=editorial&bu=CorporateCounsel&cn=20181019&src=EMC-Email&pt=DailyAlert Senior lawyers from Rolls-Royce, Tesco and BT on how to cope in a time of crisis. Legal Week recently spoke to Rolls-Royce general counsel Mark Gregory, Tesco GC Adrian Morris and former BT GC Dan Fitz about how they dealt with being at the centre of a corporate crisis. Here, they set[…]