Analysis

Roundtable: The future-proof legal department with Wolters Kluwer

It was a fitting setting as delegates gathered in the now-commonplace environment of Microsoft Teams to discuss the use of technology and the value it brings to in-house legal departments. Video-conferencing was one of the early novelties of the pandemic-era, as professionals everywhere abandoned face-to-face meetings and shifted online. Despite its drawbacks, video-conferencing is now […]

Public M&A rankings: UK firms go missing in action

A number of success stories come to light in the public M&A rankings for Q1, with firms that have been busy investing being rewarded for their labours. But the magic circle are mysteriously absent, for now. The first few months of 2021 have seen over 8,900 transactions preliminarily agreed globally, according to Refinitiv data, the […]

Amazon

Cooley’s problem with Amazon

Last month, Cooley unveiled its first revenue dip since it opened in the City in 2015. Behind that lies a major tussle over firm strategy – and in particular, its relationship with one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Century City

After O’Melveny came Akin: How A&O’s LA plans shifted

“Now we have a presence in LA, it expands our opportunities,” says Allen & Overy’s US senior partner Tim House in reflection of the firm’s bold hire of Akin Gump’s West Coast project finance team last week. The magic circle firm has established itself in LA through the hire of six partners and 13 lawyers […]

The Working Parents Survey results: Career prospects

Part 1 of the survey results can be accessed here While it would be wrong to suggest that everyone’s career aspirations have shifted during the pandemic, it is clear that many people are re-thinking what is possible. Many parents mentioned that Covid has given them an epiphany and in the future they will value work-life […]

The Working Parents Survey results: How you’re coping

The Lawyer’s Working Parents survey ran in February, and as we suspected it might, garnered a huge response from frustrated parents at the end of their tether during this pandemic. Part One deals with how parents are coping and organisations’ responses; part two focuses on career aspirations and prospects. We received more than 1,200 responses, […]

Innovating for growth: Designing a digital services strategy

Matheson’s head of digital services Tom Connor shares his insights into working as part of the senior management team to design, execute and lead the evolving digital transformation strategy at Ireland’s largest law firm.    The events of the past year have significantly altered the way in which many people and businesses think about how […]

Latest briefings

‘Tax Day’ – government continues its campaign to tackle non-compliance

In the UK’s first ever ‘Tax Day’ on 23 March 2021, the government released more than 30 consultation documents relating to the future landscape of the UK tax regime. Whilst these documents scrutinised how taxes should be paid, opportunities for simplification and the potential of digitalisation, it was tackling non-compliance which was firmly in the spotlight once again. Tax & estate planning Partner, James Austen, gives his opinion on the proposed measures.

Fraud in the sub line market – should we be concerned?

In recent weeks, news of the JES Global Capital fraud committed by fund manager Elliot Smerling has come to light. Unfortunately, we live in world where fraud, much like death and taxes, is inevitable.

Open justice and remote inquests: Allowing public and media video access to hearings

A simple legislative oversight at the start of the pandemic has meant that, whilst most other courts increased their accessibility to the public by giving access via remote video platforms, the Coroners Courts became more closed and secretive. All public, including accredited media representatives, have remained banned from watching any online broadcasts of coronial proceedings over the past twelve months.