Business leadership

Ropes’ management changes are a smart move for London

Last month, Ropes & Gray appointed its first London partner to its global committee. The appointment comes at a critical time in the firm’s City office, showing both a sense of confidence in the London cohort and need to keep them on side. But is it enough to stem the flow of departures?

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Sidley Austin chair to step down after four years in charge

Sidley Austin executive committee chair Carter Phillips will step down in the New Year, The Lawyer can reveal.

Veteran US Supreme Court litigator Phillips, who took on the role from former chair Thomas Cole, will step down after four years at the helm of the firm.

 

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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 […]

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How lawyers can respond to enquiries faster and get more clients

By Alexa Lemzy How do clients decide whether they’d like to hire a lawyer? According to the 2017 Legal Trends Report, 67% of consumers say that the most important factor in choosing a lawyer is how long it takes for them to respond to their first call or email. This shouldn’t be surprising—often, if your […]

Equal pay: How the law protects equality of employment terms

By Naomi Owen and Mugni Islam-Choudhury This April sees the first deadline by which employers with over 250 employees must publish figures annually, showing the gender pay gap in their workplace. This requirement is hoped to encourage an ethos of transparency within the workplace, and a focus on corporate values regarding equality. As a result […]

4 SRA compliance tips for law firms

By Teresa Matich Most solicitors don’t have a second career as an accountant, but they still need to comply with SRA Accounts Rules. The rules are simple enough to find online, but with the day-to-day pressures of running a legal practice, it’s easier than one might think to hit a snag. John Gilmartin, CEO of […]

Video: Luxembourg in space, one step ahead

Discover Luxembourg’s space adventure and the challenges the space industry will face in the ext decade. Arendt & Medernach, the leading law firm in Luxembourg, continuously supported the space and satellite industries and have developed the firm’s expertise and experience in these domains. We are now really looking forward to helping other businesses on their […]

A guide to safeguarding against cyberthreats

By Ben Hobbs You wouldn’t give your cleaner every single key you own – you’d only give them the keys they need to access the areas of a house or office that require cleaning. Companies can and must apply a similar approach when it comes to safeguarding their information…

How lawyers can get more millennial clients

By Erin Walker Ready to feel old? Millennials are now in their late 20s to mid-30s, and according to a House of Commons research briefing, millennials make up 13.9% of the total U.K. population and 35% of the U.K. workforce. Not only are millennials increasingly representative of the prospective client base seeking legal services, they […]

The A to Z of conducting investigations

By Naomi Owen The first port of call for any investigating officer (“IO”) is the ACAS Code of Practice for both disciplinary and grievance procedures. The Code sets out the minimum that is expected of an employer conducting such processes, and so is a good starting point and must be heeded…

Webinar: The 10 truths of legal timekeeping

In modern timekeeping, key forces demand law firm management’s attention. Price competition, commoditization of legal work, alternate service providers, compliance and e-billing, P3 (Pricing, Project management and Process) initiatives, and consumer-based technologies have all changed the game. And, while these pressures may cause us to question and redefine timekeeping’s role, there are certain truths which […]

Legal timekeeping manifesto: 10 truths

In modern timekeeping, key forces demand law firm management’s attention. Price competition, commoditisation of legal work, alternate service providers, compliance and e-billing, P3 (Pricing, Project management and Process) initiatives, and consumer-based technologies have all changed the game. And, while these pressures may cause us to question everything related to time capture, there are certain truths […]

Employee consent to data processing

Under Polish labour law, an employer may request the following data from an employee: first name (names) and surname parents’ names date of birth place of residence (mailing address) education employment record An employer can obtain the above data without the employee’s consent. Due to the narrow range of personal data that employers are allowed […]

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