Business leadership

Olivia Wyld, Freshfields

Freshfields’ client delivery group head exits firm

The global head of Freshfields’ client delivery group, based in Manchester, has left after 20 years at the firm. Olivia Wyld joined Freshfields in 2004 as a trainee and continued to work as an associate in the corporate team until 2015. Wyld then relocated to Manchester and took on the role as head of the […]

Linklaters

Linklaters places $1.8m bet on Copilot

Linklaters is deploying Copilot for Microsoft 365, The Lawyer can reveal, with a deal value of $1.8m (£1.42m) The latest version of the product will be made available to 6,900 employees. The Lawyer understands the size of the deal is worth $1.8m, which means the cost per employee is nearly $261 (£206). Linklaters has trialled the […]

Following a leader

Fast follower or guinea pig? How GCs view AI adoption and risk

Risk management specialists are staring down the barrel of increasing uncertainty caused by artificial intelligence (AI) while also considering the opportunities that AI will provide for both the risk management function and the business. In-house lawyers, especially general counsels (GCs), often bear the brunt of this risk when incorporating AI, data and tech into their […]

Roundtable: How genAI adoption is a two-way street

Artificial intelligence is the only technological development that’s seen the same levels of stratospheric adoption since Big Law bosses could drop their employees an out-of-hours ‘ping’ on Blackberry Messenger. And it’s only getting bigger, says LexisNexis, which has spoken to many of City’s top 50 managing partners who all want to be fast followers of […]

Analysis

How not to lose your associates

The exits we saw last year may have slowed a little since the most recent salary war cooled down, but the wider trend is one that dates back years: workers are less loyal than they used to be. Law firms are finding it increasingly difficult to retain their associates at a time when employers offer […]

WhatsApp-ing clients: fair or foul?

Do you WhatsApp your clients? It’s a more divisive question than you might expect. According to a recent poll of conducted by The Lawyer on LinkedIn, while 66 per cent of fee-earners don’t use the messaging service for this purpose, 34 per cent do. And it’s not split along seniority lines: partners, associates, trainees and […]

How to seduce a law firm

Merger negotiations between two firms of different sizes can be a tricky process. Here, a number of mid-tier managing partners give their view on how to win the hearts of potential smaller matches when on the acquisition trail.

Opinion

How to blow up a (talent) pipeline

Given we are in the midst of the festive season, it is worth calling to mind a heart-warming Christmas movie that lawyers can no doubt all relate to. Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy In Bruges is a film in which two hitmen end up stuck in the eponymous Belgian town awaiting orders from their boss. As […]

Why law firm leaders should speak out on politics

The world has changed significantly; Brexit, the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis have challenged businesses leaders and the people they employ in ways we’ve not experienced since the Second World War; which means for most of us this context is entirely new. Given the scale of the challenges we’re facing whether around society, the economy or […]

Law firm floats – waving or drowning?

Since the flotation of Gateley in May 2015, a range of law firms have floated on the stock market or considered doing so. The largest of these was Mishcon de Reya, which abandoned its proposed main listing float in June 2022 “for the foreseeable future due to market conditions”. The entry into administration of Ince […]

Can tech companies work even better together?

Thomson Reuters’ chief product officer for legal tech Kriti Sharma talks to The Lawyer about holding technology and tech companies more accountable for user needs, what can be done to reduce tech waste and getting tech companies to work better together.

Business Leadership briefings

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Networking: don’t forget to follow up!

When networking, it’s easy to focus on the event itself and forget that one of the most important parts of the process is the follow-up. Networking, and relationship building, aren’t a one and done – they’re a process. And that process takes careful tending.

Breaking the Bias: part 2

In celebration of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias, our national GROW network for female-identifying professionals is putting the spotlight on some of Gowling’s key clients through a powerful month-long video series.

Achieving gender balance – women on boards

The FTSE Women Leaders Review 2022 saw the United Kingdom rank in second place internationally for its representation of women on FTSE 350 boards and their leadership teams. The FTSE 100 saw a rise in the representation of women by 2.1% from the beginning of 2021, to 39.1% and an increase was also achieved in the FTSE 250, with the proportion of women in the boardroom now at 36.8%.

Employment “by reason of”, “for” and “in” the metaverse

The employment contract can be linked to the creation and development of the Metaverse, it can involve providing services from the real world, but in the Metaverse, and even in the most sophisticated form it can be performed entirely, even from its creation, in the Metaverse.

Leadership lessons: Navigating a crisis

Recently, I saw a quote that said that adulthood is not one crisis after another, it’s multiple crises, simultaneously, forever. Is anyone else feeling that way lately?

Efficient data privacy compliance using ediscovery workflows

Data privacy is rapidly transforming personal information management policy and practices. Technology-assisted programs to comply with and contain the costs of Data Subject Access Rights (DSARs) in the European Union and Subject Rights Requests (SRRs) in the United States is top of mind for affected organizations.