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[…]

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[…]