Cristiano Dalla Bona

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

HSF takes £40m alternative legal services hub to New York

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to launch its first alternative legal services centre in New York, with the firm’s in-house tech unit now generating over £40m worth of revenue worldwide. The firm is opening in New York with a new e-discovery team, as well as a smaller operation in Hong Kong. Building on its existing e-discovery capabilities […]

DWF Manchester

DWF targets Freshfields again in bid to expand legal tech

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s senior manager of legal technology operations Jamie Whalebone is to join DWF to boost the firm’s growing managed services unit, marking the second hire from the magic circle firm in a matter of months. As part of his new role as head of legal service delivery and transformation, from next month Whalebone will co-lead […]

A&O partner takes top UK job at Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal has ended its nine-month long search for a leader of its new UK legal arm, with the appointment of a new managing partner from Allen & Overy. The role, which for months was believed to have targeted a general counsel, has by contrast fallen to A&O banking partner Michael Castle, who has spent […]

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher duo vie for top job in senior partner elections

Fieldfisher has started the process to find a successor to senior partner Matthew Lohn, The Lawyer has learned, with two partners throwing their hats in the ring. Corporate partner David Wilkinson and real estate partner Anthony Phillips are understood to be the first to have launched their bids. Both partners are longtime Fieldfisher lawyers. Wilkinson was […]

Tree

HSF develops in-house tech tool to calculate risks in disputes

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched a “decision tree” analysis service with software that helps clients make better decisions when they need to evaluate potential risks in disputes. The service is offered by the firm’s decision analysis team, which is led by deputy head of commercial litigation partner Alexander Oddy and commercial and financial disputes […]

Fuse, Allen & Overy

A&O’s Fuse goes to Manhattan in US tech drive

Allen & Overy (A&O)’s tech incubator Fuse has flown to the firm’s New York office in a bid to familiarise US lawyers with new technology and attract potential investors, The Lawyer has learned. As part of the US Legal Tech Week, London-based Fuse head Shruti Ajitsaria and head of advanced delivery Kevin Oliver brought to […]

Offices

Reed Smith prioritises the US in firm’s largest-ever promotions round

Reed Smith has announced its largest-ever round of promotions, in a move that beefs up its US offices with 30 new partners out of 43 globally. The latest string of promotions outnumber last year‘s figures, when the firm promoted 23 partners worldwide. The largest proportion of the promotions this year went to the US (30), […]

manage

Expanding New Law provider Elevate takes Halebury under its wing

Flexible lawyering group Halebury has been acquired by Elevate as the latter sets out plans to build an alternative legal services company that can provide a “one-stop” solution for clients. The combination allows Elevate to provide private equity and in-house teams with legal consultants available for specific projects, and technology and managed services. John Croft, […]

money finance

Gateley targets £100m revenue after spate of acquisitions

Gateley, the first law firm in the UK to go public, forecasts its annual revenue to skyrocket to over £100m in its fourth year as a listed entity. Revealing its interim results this morning, the firm calculated that a string of acquisitions will contribute £13m of this increase, adding up to a revenue that is […]

fintech

Linklaters and Deloitte join crowdfunding venture to find the next Monzo

Linklaters and Deloitte have partnered up with the crowdfunding platform that propelled digital bank Monzo to stardom to launch a new investment programme aimed at supporting financial inclusion startups. The project is helmed by platform Crowdcube, which recently saw challenger bank Monzo, now valued at £1bn, raking in £20m in a crowdfunding campaign that lasted […]

Norton Rose Fulbright pair leave for KPMG

KPMG is continuing its push into the legal market with the raid of two partners from Norton Rose Fulbright‘s international network. The hires include corporate tax partner Angela Savin, who has joined KPMG’s tax litigation and disputes team in London, and Sydney -based Zein El Hassan, who helmed the firm’s financial services risk advisory team in Australia […]

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