Business leadership

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 […]

Richard Punt

Another loss for A&O as Peerpoint CEO leaves firm

Allen & Overy’s CEO of Peerpoint, Richard Punt, is leaving the firm after spearheading the contract lawyer business for five years, The Lawyer can reveal. Punt joined A&O as chief executive officer of Peerpoint in 2014, just under a year after it launched. He had previously been at Deloitte for 18 years, where he was managing partner for […]

Lateral hires London

McDermott shifts City business services staff to WeWork

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest City firm to diversify its office space, with a number of its business services teams moving into a WeWork office adjacent to its London HQ. Around 20 members of staff from accounting, marketing and business development, HR and research moved across from Heron Tower at the end […]



Work life balance

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

Upcoming webinar: Improve firm-wide collaboration, security and efficiency with one tool

Introduction The legal landscape is fierce and technology can help your firm get ahead, but only if your lawyers will actually use it. See how HighQ’s next-generation platform combines accessibility, collaboration and task management with security to offer your firm a competitive advantage. Join the webinar to explore: Intelligent collaboration and optimised legal service delivery […]

Impact of technology and AI on the legal industry

By Michael Luckman Change is here, and more is coming, but technology can bring rewards as long as we remember to care for the human beings at the heart of the operation Technology and AI will have as much of an impact on our profession as it will in any other industry and we need […]

Webinar: Cloud security – Five questions to help decide who to trust

Cloud-based solutions are growing in popularity within the legal industry and it’s easy to see why. They are quick, convenient, scalable and continually updated. But how secure is the data you trust to the cloud? Protecting your data is crucial to your business’s reputation and not all cloud solutions are the same when it comes […]

Canada: Managing diversity in the workplace (video)

When one thinks of traditional roles within a law firm or within other organizations, the role of diversity & inclusion manager is not usually top of mind — but it should be. In fact, Gowling WLG is one of the first law firms in Canada to hire a dedicated D&I manager. In this episode of Diversonomics, […]

Digital protectionism: the countries with the most restrictive policies

Key findings: Digital now the new weapon for protectionist policies China leads the way on digitally restrictive laws followed by Russia and India New report highlights fragmented picture governing movement of data, setting a new challenge for business Countries which have historically driven protectionist policies through tariff and other trade barriers are now extending their […]

Navigating a new reality in the client-empowered era

To thrive in the new era of the empowered client, law firms must make investments designed to modernise the way they run their firms and service their clients. This requires changing culture, developing new competencies, and operationalising new ways of working. Innovative technologies are key enablers to accelerating rms’ transformations in these areas. New research […]

Flexible working hours- a key to a motivated and loyal workforce

By Michael Briggs, Helen Burgess Options for working flexibly clearly remain key to a motivated and loyal workforce, and are essential to attracting talent – especially with an increasing millennial workforce and rapid advances in technology. The recent YouGov survey, which was commissioned by fast-food chain McDonald’s, has found that just 6% of employees work between the […]

Digitalisation of business infrastructure- risks and benefits

By Sally Mewies As advances in digital technologies continue to transform business infrastructure and service delivery, there are exciting opportunities for innovation and growth. But with change comes challenge, and the increased demands on physical and virtual connectivity can leave many businesses exposed to risk. Research from Gowling WLG’s Digital Risk Calculator highlights that UK businesses […]

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