Cristiano Dalla Bona

Cristiano is The Lawyer’s technology reporter, covering innovation and delivery in law firms

arcadia

Under pressure Arcadia loses legal chief to media group

Arcadia Group’s Michelle Gammon is to leave the company after 11 years, just months after the retail giant secured a high-profile rescue deal. Gammon will be general counsel for Global’s newly-formed outdoor advertising division, which was created following the acquisition of outdoor media owners Primesight and Outdoor Plus last September and transport advertising business Exterion […]

Ikea

Ikea ends search for new GC with Debenhams hire

Ikea has hired from Debenhams to fill the UK and Ireland general counsel seat left open following the departure of its legal head this year. Mark Skinner, who was head of legal at Debenhams, joined Ikea after former general counsel Nick Pritchett left the company last April for in-house services provider LegalEdge. Pritchett had taken on […]

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher hires from A&O to boost Condor arm

Fieldfisher has hired Allen & Overy  (A&O)’s working capital manager to add manpower to its Condor unit amid reshuffling in the firm’s alternative legal services and flexible resourcing division. The firm has brought in Paul Harrod to the Condor leadership team; Harrod has spent about 14 years in the magic circle firm’s finance department. There, he […]

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s top of equity soars to over £4m

Fieldfisher‘s top of equity has seen a record-breaking rise in the financial year 2018/19, growing by 34 per cent from the previous year’s £3.2m, The Lawyer has learned. The firm’s equity spread last year ranged from £250,000 to the new high of £4.3m, creating a considerable differential. The record rise comes as the previous year […]

Linklaters

Linklaters debuts new tech to trawl through historical data

Linklaters has developed new technology to reduce the amount of time taken to search through the firm’s massive amounts of historical legal documents. The tool, called MatterExplorer, is an artificial intelligence solution conceived as a knowledge management system. During the development process, consultants from iManage RAVN collaborated with the firm’s technology team. MatterExplorer digs out and […]

tech

More than 90 tech providers due to sign up to Reynen Court’s new platform

Reynen Court, the platform claiming to be a “one-stop” tech solution for the legal industry, has officially launched to market with nearly 50 providers already offering services including Elevate, Neota Logic and Eigen Technologies. The start-up, whose development was boosted by a consortium of 19 law firms, has struck deals with a plethora of external […]

fintech

Eversheds Sutherland raids HSF and Luminance for new legal tech hires

A few months after launching its own version of an alternative legal services provider, Eversheds Sutherland has added further tech heft in London hiring from Herbert Smith Freehills and Luminance. The firm has hired two legal technologists, Mark Collins from HSF and Kate Perevoshchikova from artificial intelligence platform Luminance, to work alongside lawyers on automation […]

Skadden and Simpson Thacher advise on WeWork float

US firms Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett will take on the legal duties as co-working space company WeWork has filed a prospectus laying out plans for its much-anticipated IPO, becoming the latest startup eyeing a public listing. The filing sees the company valued at $47bn, with plans to raise […]

Shell energy

Shell gears up for shake-up of next legal panel

Shell is set to start its next global review of external advisers, The Lawyer has learned, in an effort that could entail changes to its current structure. The review, which will officially begin early next year, marks the first assessment of the energy giant’s panel since 2016. Shell is currently conducting an internal review in […]

Cannon Place

CMS seeks multimillion-pound revenue stream from disputes tech arm

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (CMS) has converted its in-house litigation technology unit from a business support function to a revenue generator, with it grossing slightly less than £5m in the 2018/19 financial year. The unit, called internally CMS Evidence, is the firm’s in-house service aimed at supporting forensic analysis and review. Last May, legal […]

Hogan Lovells trials new outsourcing unit with Barclays hire

Hogan Lovells has brought in a Barclays legal professional to spearhead the launch of a new legal managed services and outsourcing unit, The Lawyer has learned, as firms increasingly invest in diversifying their services to counter the rise of alternative services providers. The new unit, which is still under development, is housed within the firm’s […]

Leeds Town Hall

Reed Smith prepares to bring in lawyers to Leeds tech hub

Reed Smith is edging closer to its goal of hosting 100 professionals in its Leeds legal services hub, as it prepares to bring in teams of lawyers and paralegals to the premises. The hub currently houses around 62 professionals, a more than one hundred per cent increase from last year, when it opened with seven […]

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