Business leadership

Ashurst calls on fintechs to join latest accelerator

Ashurst is calling on applicants to join Fintech Legal Labs, after the next round of the firm’s accelerator was delayed due to the pandemic. The firm is taking in applications from fintechs interested in being part of the accelerator, with 300 applying so far. Speaking to The Lawyer, Ashurst finance partner and founder of Fintech […]

Freshfields

Freshfields widens out search for new business chief recruits

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is looking to appoint its next chief financial and marketing officers in the US, The Lawyer has learned, marking a strategic shift following the recent exit of both its current heads. Sources told The Lawyer that the magic circle firm has engaged recruitment firm The Alexander Group to fill two current vacancies […]

Justine Sacarello

KPMG Law hires from Lloyds’ senior in-house ranks

KPMG Law has brought in a senior regulatory lawyer from the in-house team at Lloyds Banking Group, as part of a double hire to boost its legal ranks. The legal arm of the Big Four accountancy firm has taken on Justine Sacarello, who until now was head of legal change and risk management at Lloyds […]

Ashurst adds to executive team with Clifford Chance hire

Ashurst has brought in a senior business development head from Clifford Chance, who will take a seat on the firm’s executive board to drive further expansion. The firm has taken on London-based Laura Nicholls, who will become the firm’s global chief business development officer based in London. Reporting into managing partner Paul Jenkins, Nicholls will […]

Analysis

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Roundtable: When every law firm is an innovator, how do you differentiate your innovations?

By Jack Rodway Innovation for law firms can come in a whole host of different forms.  Sometimes it’s achieved through digital transformation.  Sometimes it’s the transformation of a company’s culture. Sometimes it sees the traditional partnership model turned completely on its head. In a competitive market in which everybody is trying to shout about their […]

Opinion

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Lessons from rock royalty on law firm prosperity

Fifty years ago this week, George Harrison’s brilliant first post-Beatles solo album, All Things Must Pass was released. For those who haven’t heard it, down your tools immediately, swap Zoom for Spotify, then immerse yourself for the next 105 minutes 59 seconds in what Ben Gerson described in a 1971 review in Rolling Stone as […]

If the C-suite has learned one thing from 2008, it’s how to talk

History can help you understand the present, but it never replays itself exactly. A comparison with 2008-10 does, however, provide insight on how law firms have learned from their mistakes. For reasons I can’t quite understand, some consultants and commentators regularly aim potshots at the quality of leadership in law firms when much of the […]

The pandemic and climate change need two styles of leadership

The start of the decade has been grim. A pandemic has led to multiple deaths, a stock market crash, panic buying and an impending recession. Legal industry talk of disruption through AI now seems entirely vanilla. And, without wanting to create a pecking order among the horsemen of the apocalypse, once the public health crisis […]

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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 […]

Business Leadership briefings

Business concentrations: a dangerous reform

The growth and dynamization of the economy needs predictability. And that ceases to exist. The planning of transactions not subject to EC scrutiny, when it involves certain assets, is now able to be Russian roulette.

Retail part II: Reinventing the high street and the leisure industry post-pandemic

As the face-to-face economy returns in the coming months, this webinar considers what needs to change for brands and businesses in these sectors as we move in to the next new normal and what the high street and leisure industries must do to reinvent themselves to compete with, amongst many things, digital-only operators.

What an Art 2 investigation does and does not require

Will an inquest always be required after a homicide trial when there have been alleged failures by state agents to protect life?  In this Judicial Review case Garnham J gives us the answer by summarising the scope of the requirements of an effective Art 2 investigation and, particularly helpfully, setting out what is not required to satisfy the state’s the investigative obligation. The Senior Coroner […]

Flexible working and employee mental health

This is the final article in a series reflecting on employee mental health and wellbeing challenges that employers are currently facing. It focuses on how employers can support employee mental health going forwards. Flexible future? If COVID-19 has done one thing at the very least, it is to open employers’ eyes to different and more […]