Business leadership

Hogan Lovells hires longtime operational head from Clifford Chance

Hogan Lovells has hired from Clifford Chance to fill a new London-based senior operations role. The firm has brought in Oliver Campbell, Clifford Chance’s global head of client service solutions, who will become head of practice operations. The position will see Campbell support legal practices as they face logistical challenges, adopt new technology and seek to […]

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Ashurst hires from Deloitte for consulting venture

Ashurst has launched a consulting business in its Australian offices, hiring a chief strategy officer from Deloitte to run one of the groups. Philip Hardy – who was chief strategy officer of Deloitte’s audit and assurance division – will run Ashurst’s risk advisory service, which will focus on how to manage risk and compliance issues […]

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BCLP reels in Mayer Brown partner for top L&D job

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has hired a Mayer Brown partner as its new global head of learning and development, making it a standalone role for the first time since its transatlantic combination in 2018. The firm has brought in New York partner Virginia Melvin, who for seventeen years oversaw training for Mayer Brown’s US […]

Linklaters

Linklaters puts focus on legal ops with new graduate scheme

Linklaters has become the latest firm to set up a graduate scheme based solely around legal operations, as part of an overall rethink as to how it delivers services to clients. The magic circle firm is set to offer the graduate scheme to between five and 10 individuals from August/September 2020, who will undergo a […]

Analysis

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For some firms WFH policies were a tick-box thing. Not any more.

Within the space of five days from Monday 16 March, working from home (WFH) became the new normal for the vast majority of the population. Lives and habits changed instantly. You’ve probably already enjoyed at least one Zoom cocktail party, reacquainted yourself with your children and perhaps joined an online choir? From a legal market […]

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

Austria: Coronavirus – How does it affect civil proceedings in Austria?

The coronavirus does not stop at court. That is why it creates uncertainty among litigants and even the public on whether and how to exercise subjective rights and enforce legal claims. This article shall guide you through the current legal situation. Be assured: court practice continues – with certain restrictions It is indispensable that the […]

Even in a state of emergency human rights must be respected!

(Doctors love their children too) The prosecutor’s office is investigating doctors from St. Mina Hospital in Plovdiv, a hospital designated by the Bulgarian Crisis Headquarters to receive patients with suspected COVID-19. In an open letter sent to the Minister of Health, the doctors at St. Mina stated that they have not been instructed to implement […]

Austria: Coronavirus: Impacts on employment in Austria

Summary of potential coronavirus measures that employers can take: Information current as of: 23.03.2020 Home office / telework Employees who telework are normally “on duty”, they are simply working from home. Hence there is neither a reduction of working time nor any compensation or subsidy by the Austrian state. This measure is applicable to white-collar […]

The importance of a weekly employee check-in for your business

Who would have thought that a company called Weekly10 would advocate for weekly employee check-ins? We know it’s a shock. Next we’ll be saying they should take no more than 10 minutes to complete…. But once your heart has stopped racing, let us tell you why a regular employee check-in is a vital tool for giving (and […]

Remote work in law firms: Top tools to help you work from home

With more organisations every day having to take drastic measures against the spread of COVID-19, those of us with jobs that can be done remotely should be thankful. Whilst not everyone across firms and chambers have the option, many of us do, and where possible should be looking to work from home. If you’re not […]

Asynchronous communication in remote work and why it matters

Reading Time: 5 minutes Remote working has really caught on in the past 5 years, and for a number of reasons (from huge tech improvements, to global health crises) is growing in popularity. But while some people are already familiar with what it takes to work from home effectively, others are only just having to […]

Covid-19 and AGMs for Jersey public companies

The Government of Jersey implemented new measures on 30 March 2020 that, amongst other things, restrict public gatherings to no more than two people. These measures largely reflect similar restrictive measures implemented by the UK Government on 26 March 2020 (Stay at Home Measures). In light of the introduction of the Stay at Home Measures, […]

Exceptional measures implemented by Luxembourg tax authorities to support taxpayers during COVID-19 crisis

On 17 March 2020, the Luxembourg tax administration issued an official newsletter on their website (impotsdirects.public.lu) stating that taxpayers, individuals or companies undergoing cash flow issues due to the coronavirus pandemic and who are taxed on commercial or agricultural and forestry profits, and taxpayers who are independent professionals can request: the cancellation or reduction of […]

State of Emergency in Ontario: What it means for the workplace

This morning, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario amid the COVID-19 pandemic, advising that the decision was not made lightly. As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are required to close immediately: all facilities providing indoor recreational programs; all public libraries; all private schools as […]

ARTICLES COVID-19: Directors Need To Avoid Getting Caught Flat-Footed

March 2020 – Ben HobdenRóisín – Liddy-Murphy This article serves as a reminder to directors of their common law duties. In particular when a company is nearing or in the zone of insolvency, directors are reminded to be mindful of their actions during this period, specifically to consider that when a company is nearing insolvency, […]

Coronavirus: Simplified layoffs for companies facing proven business crisis

Ministerial Order 71-A/2020 of 15 March defines and regulates the terms and conditions to award immediate assistance for employers and employees affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The assistance is intended to maintain jobs and to mitigate the extreme difficulties that many businesses are now facing. This help is extraordinary, temporary and transitional […]

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