Government must regulate ‘gig economy’ – Lib Dems

UK employment rights fall behind that of other European countries and the “gig economy” is allowing for job insecurity, a Liberal Democrats conference heard on Tuesday the 17th of September. Head of policy at Essex Law Clinic and perspective parliamentary candidate for Clacton, Callum Robertson, told a fringe event: ‘There needs to be a legislative[…]

Ashurst becomes latest firm to launch NewLaw graduate training scheme

Ashurst has recently launched a graduate scheme known as Ashurst Advance, this is within its NewLaw legal operations division. This scheme is known as the Ashurst Advance Pathway Programme or Pathway. Those who are chosen for this scheme gain the opportunity to train in regions such as Legal operations, legal project management, legal technology and[…]

WeWork boasts huge growth – but losses double

WeWork – recently re-branded to The We Company – has reported doubling its revenue from last year to an impressive $1.82bn. However, its umbrella company also reported annual losses of $1.93bn for 2018. The jump in revenue was due to an increase in membership to 401,000 at the end of 2018, up from 186,000 from the year before. Now many[…]

Should GC’s sit on the board?

Kate Teh, Group Legal Director for Telegraph Media Group has said that General Counsel’s should sit beside the board – not on it. She has stated that board alignment with the General Counsel is an “excellent thing”, stressing how GC input is valuable and highly important. It can help shape the direction the company is[…]

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,[…]

Partnership model declines

The traditional partnership model in the legal sector has dramatically declined over the years, with almost half of all firms now taking an incorporated company model. Equally, 1,300 of England and Wales’ 10,000 law firms are now operating as an ABS. The legal sector is still as profitable as ever, with the sector generating £35.1bn across the[…]