We gave managing partners an imaginary wrecking ball, permission to set aside the past and a wishlist of constituent parts and asked them to build from the ground up a law firm fit for 21st century demands. Here’s the result…
When the UK woke up to Brexit on 24 June many of the country’s lawyers had already been fielding calls throughout a long and sleepless night from clients worried about the potential impact on their businesses. A procession of firms including Clifford Chance, Dechert, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons had launched hotlines or were operating […]
The paralegal remains one of the most ill-defined jobs in the legal profession. Exclusive research by Lawyer 2B has found long hours, poor pay and dangling the “carrot” of a training contract could create serious problems for UK firms.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has snared a four-partner financial restructuring and global debt team from Morgan Lewis, in a move that reunites them with their former Bingham McCutchen colleagues. The hires include two heads of practice, with Morgan Lewis’ City transactional finance head Thomas O’Connor joining Akin Gump in London. Partner trio Renée Dailey, Christopher Lawrence […]
Slaughter and May has expanded the scope of its legal incubation scheme for start-ups, with plans to provide legal services to a more diverse range of technology businesses. The firm has opened its third round of applications for the Fast Forward programme, which had initially been set up to support fintech start-ups. The firm now […]
While the majority of law firms today have practices dedicated to cyber security, not all of them have websites that are secure, according to new findings published today. The findings, released by Trustify, claims that over 10 per cent of the top 200 law firms in the UK do not have secure websites, including four […]
Bird & Bird’s head of UK tax Mathew Oliver has joined Osborne Clarke’s London office; the latest in a string of new recruits to the latter’s City operations. Oliver has been at Bird & Bird since 2005, joining as a partner from Lovells where he was an associate for three years. He was a tax […]
DWF has lost its appeal for Morrisons in the High Court today, as it was ruled that the supermarket is legally responsible for an enormous data breach affecting over 100,00 employees. Three senior judges, including the Master of the Rolls, upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017. In what was the UK’s first data protection class […]