Jesse Middleton

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The Lawyer’s in-house sentiment survey

The Lawyer, sponsored by Digital Legal Exchange, has launched an ambitious new project seeking to understand sentiments within the in-house legal profession. This is the first of what will be a biannual survey forming part of a unique project which will allow us to provide unparalleled insight into the attitudes and opinions of in-house legal professionals and […]

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Changing perceptions: The role of technology in arbitration

As the world approaches a ‘new normal’, one thing that is almost universally agreed upon is the vital role technology will play. The legal industry is no exception, with entire law firms, chambers and practices shifting online during the lockdown, with many who were previously resistant to the adoption of technology now understanding its benefits. […]

Survey: What does the in-house team of the future look like?

The Lawyer, in association with Paul Hastings, is undertaking a major research project that goes to the heart of the evolution of the in-house legal function. As industries throughout the UK come to terms with long-term disruption, in-house legal professionals have been key in planning both a short and long-term business strategy to secure the […]

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Tech headcount up by a third, data reveals

The changing nature of the workforce at many UK firms has been highlighted in new data from The Lawyer, which underscores the impact of technology on the sector. Notably, the data confirms that some of the legal market’s roles, both traditional and emerging, have come under pressure to change in recent years, with some stagnating […]


Era of borrowing ends as firms hoard cash in hand

The average level of borrowings at a cross-section of UK 200 firms fell for the first time in at least five years despite the cost of debt, often used to fund strategic goals such as office openings and lateral hires, remaining at record low levels. In 2017/18 the average amount borrowed by a representative sample […]

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The in-house legal teams with the best (and worst) gender balance

The majority of in-house lawyers working in the 100 largest companies in the current FTSE350 are female, new data from The Lawyer has revealed, with a gender split of 59 per cent to 41 per cent in favour of women across the group’s biggest businesses. But despite this, the majority of lawyers filling the most […]

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Finance lawyers dominate in FTSE350 in-house teams

Almost half of all the lawyers at the companies in the current FTSE350 that have a UK-based in-house legal team work in the banking and finance sector, The Lawyer can reveal. According to data compiled for the new FTSE350 report, 40 per cent of the lawyers tracked at in-house teams in the UK work for […]