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[…]

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 manage a geographically-dispersed department

This article was written by Caroline Spiezio for Corporate Counsel and can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/11/07/a-legal-team-geographically-divided-how-to-manage-a-dispersed-department/ Amazon is hardly the first company to geographically disperse employees in recent years, a transition that’s left many GCs attempting to manage staff around the country and globe. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal reported, Amazon is[…]

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[…]

Can AI be criminally accountable?

This article was written by Theo Richardson-Gool for Legal Cheek and can be found at: https://www.legalcheek.com/lc-journal-posts/can-ai-be-criminally-accountable Artificial intelligence (AI) takes decisions away from humans, but who is accountable? Do different legal standards apply to AI? Can AI be criminally accountable? Is a human-based legal system fit for autonomous machines? Initially, it seems logical, for example, that[…]

WeWork appoints new global GC

This article was written by Gabriella Kane for TheLawyer and can be found at: https://www.thelawyer.com/jared-dematteis-wework-general-counsel/ WeWork continues to rejuvenate its legal team, appointing a new global general counsel just a month after it took on Sarah Nelson Smith as its first ever European GC. The collaborative workspace giant has found its new GC within its in-house team,[…]

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[…]

Flexible lawyering start-up Lexoo secures $4.4m for business development overhaul

This article was written by Tom Baker for Legal Business. The original article can be found at: https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/blogs/part-of-a-wider-trend-flexible-lawyering-start-up-lexoo-secures-4-4m-for-business-development-overhaul/ Often described as the legal equivalent of Uber, flexible lawyering start-up Lexoo has secured $4.4m in financing to overhaul its global business development. The backing has been led by investment house Earlybird with additional financing from Forward Partners[…]

Is Flexible Working Too Focused on Female Talent?

This article was written for Lawyers Weekly. The original article was found via: https://www.lawyer-monthly.com/2018/05/is-flexible-working-too-focused-on-female-talent/.  Organisations must proactively encourage a culture of flexibility across the entire workforce, or risk negatively impacting employee engagement levels and the ability to attract and retain top talent. That is the advice from global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions. The call[…]

Three Easy Things to do to Unwind from Stress

This article was written by Emma Sturgis for Thrive Global. The original article can be found at: https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/26089-3-easy-things-you-can-do-to-relax-and-unwind-from-stress It’s fairly common for stress to enter your life at some point, whether it be home or career induced. Beware the jobs that are so stressful they take over the rest of your life. If you are reaching that point, it’s a good[…]