Business leadership

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 […]

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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 […]

Fried Frank brings in first European COO

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has hired its first European chief operations officer to support the firm’s growth. Ed Enzor, who was previously a director of administration at Paul Weiss’ London office, has joined Fried Frank as the firm’s first dedicated COO. He had also previously been at Baker McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer […]

Hogan Lovells strikes deal with Elevate for new legal services hub

Hogan Lovells is debuting a new legal services delivery hub in the US as part of a multimillion-dollar contract struck with provider Elevate. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the centre will provide global document review exercises with a wider range and less costs. It will specialise in matters specifically related to US litigation document review matters […]

Analysis

Opinion

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The lawyer of the future is O Shaped

As the legal industry continues to innovate and disrupt at pace, the profession itself remains static, relying on technical excellence to try to maintain its monopoly on providing legal advice to an ever more demanding customer base. While customer-centric law companies are maximising the benefits of technological and operational advances, the profession continues to train […]

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Comment: Flexible working isn’t just for women – inclusion in law firms is about age too

Gender, gender, gender: how firms retain female talent is a board-level discussion point. The born-again evangelism among managing partners isn’t feigned, I grant you, but it’s pretty one-note, as if the rhetoric of anxiety makes up for the distinct lack of solutions. To complicate matters further, other diversity issues are beginning to emerge. Just as […]

Business Leadership briefings

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UK 200 2016: Business Services

The second edition of the UK 200 Business Services report focuses on the hottest area of business services: technology. The past year has seen an explosion of new tech aimed at the legal market, most obviously artificial intelligence-related products. But how seismic are these changes in reality? This year’s UK 200 Business Services will highlight […]

UK 200: Diversity Audit 2015

The report names the five firms who stand out as ‘diversity champions’ and discusses what they are doing to promote diversity and inclusion and profiles 20 ‘diversity pioneers’, who are showing commitment to the diversity agenda. There are also thought-leadership pieces from people in legal education, law firm management, the Law Society and in-house. To […]

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