Flexible working hours have returned to the Ministry of Justice’s agenda

The ability for our lawyers to have flexible working hours is important to Contax Law. We recognise the benefits of our contractors having more autonomy over their working life. It allows people to balance their work schedules with their personal obligations and reduces commuting time and expenses. These benefits are not just relevant to the[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How to overcome a bad first impression

A New Yale Study Says You Can Overcome a Bad First Impression By Doing This 1 Simple Thing This article was written by Scott Mautz  for Thrive Global and can be found at https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/47744-a-new-yale-study-says-you-can-overcome-a-bad-first-impression-by-doing-this-1-simple-thing We all want to manage impressions of ourselves (except for those who truly don’t care or who appear on CBS’s Big Brother). We don’t[…]

In-house lawyers expect artificial intelligence to cut firms’ bills

This article was written by Michael Cross for the Law Gazette and can be found at https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/in-house-lawyers-expect-artificial-intelligence-to-cut-firms-bills-/5067832.article 75% of GCs expect to benefit from lower fees, improved quality and faster turnaround times – report. Three quarters of in-house counsel expect firms to cut their bills by adopting new technologies – but more than a third do[…]

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[…]

In Germany, Risk Management Needs Prompt Law Departments to Keep Work In-House.

This article was written by Phillip Bantz for Corporate Counsel on September 10, 2018. The original article can be found at: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/09/10/in-germany-risk-management-needs-prompt-law-departments-to-keep-work-in-house/ Growing concerns about risk and transparency have been driving German companies with international footprints to rely more heavily on their legal departments. And when the companies have to use outside counsel, the work is[…]

The Cost of Interruptions for Lawyers

This article was written by Willie Peacock for GoClio. The original article was found via:  https://www.clio.com/blog/true-cost-of-interruptions-for-lawyers/ Whether it’s intrusions by infants or tremoring technology vibrating its way across your desk, staying focused is a big problem for legal professionals. 68% of legal professionals surveyed in the 2017 Legal Trends Report agreed with the statement that there are not enough[…]

The Promise and Reality of Legal Tech

This article was written by Abbott Martin for Corporate Counsel. The original article can be found at: https://www.law.com/insidecounsel/2018/04/12/the-promise-and-reality-of-legal-tech/?kw=The%20Promise%20and%20Reality%20of%20Legal%20Tech&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel&cn=20180423&src=EMC-Email&pt=InsideCommentary The news is filled with stories highlighting the promise of new technologies—machine learning, AI, blockchain—for the practice of law. Unfortunately, legal department experience with technology has not continually matched the headline aspiration. In fact, less than half of legal department users think[…]

In-House Counsel Can Start to Close the Gap on Equal Pay

This article was written by Caroline Spiezio for Corporate Counsel. The original article can be found at: https://goo.gl/QMMer9 Four months into 2018, the average American woman will have finally caught up to the pay an average U.S. man earned by the end of 2017. April 10 is Equal Pay Day, meant to remind Americans of the wage gap between men and women[…]