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Paul Hastings wins role for Elevate in latest legal tech acquisition

Provider Elevate has acquired AI firm LexPredict, in a move that hints at rising consolidation in the market of alternative legal services providers. Elevate was advised during negotiations by a Paul Hastings team led by Century City M&A partner David Hernand that included corporate associates Christopher Edwab and Tashiana Hudson, as well as Los Angeles-based counsel Ron […]

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP follows wave of firms branching out into legal operations

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has launched a new legal operations consultancy arm to support in-house teams,  in a general trend that sees law firms increasingly expanding into broader client services. The new division called Cantilever incorporates the consulting units from both legacy firms; Bryan Cave’s BCXponent and BLP’s Streamline. The team, led by Denver-based chief innovation […]

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Slaughters puts its weight behind magic circle-backed tech solution

Slaughter and May is the latest firm to back a new “one-stop” tech solution for the legal industry, which has already attracted the likes of Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins. The Lawyer has learned that Slaughters is joining a dozen other heavyweight firms in the support of a new start-up called Reynen Court, which aims to […]

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP targets quicker response in disputes cases with new AI tool

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has launched a new artificial intelligence service that will extensively assess the legal risks of early-stage disputes and investigations in about 14 days. The service, called Clear/Cut, was developed in-house over the year by a team of litigators and technologists that included the firm’s forensic technology team, legal project management experts and […]

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Hogan Lovells hires Squires lawyer for Birmingham practice area launch

Hogan Lovells is introducing a new construction practice to its Birmingham base, having trebled its lawyer headcount since launching in the city four years ago. The new construction practice has been set up through the hire of construction associate Rebecca Storer, who joins on Monday 5 November. Storer previously spent four years as an associate […]

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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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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 […]

Girlings chooses Tikit to supply practice, case and CRM solution

Tikit, a global provider of technology solutions to legal firms, today announced that Legal 500 firm Girlings Solicitors has chosen Tikit P4W for practice and case management and Tikit Connect for CRM. Girlings Solicitors is a leading law firm based in the South East and is ranked in the Legal 500 for private client, personal […]

Win new business by revamping your pitch delivery

Today, the biggest firms shell out tens of thousands of dollars per pitch presentation – that includes pitching to existing clients for new work. When one client can bring in over $1 million in fees, it’s worth the investment. But the competition is increasing, and pressures to streamline the pitch creation process internally as well […]

5 ways to deliver an amazing client experience with intelligent collaboration tools

Clients expect services to be delivered expertly, affordably, efficiently and transparently. Traditional business tools can’t keep up and businesses are embracing digital transformation to pick up the slack. Technology is rising to the challenge and providing new ways to quickly interact, collaborate and adapt to the customer, while reducing cost…

Structuring an ICO in the Cayman Islands

For businesses that have decided that they want to take the strategic decision to enter the digital age and conduct an initial coin offering (ICO), the next two questions are inevitable: one, from what jurisdiction should that business choose to launch and conduct its ICO and two, what suitable structure should be put in place […]

Smartlaw plus evolution of technology

By Larry Oleksa Listening to Rob MacAdam’s recent Bloomberg Law presentation on SmartLaw, I was reminded about the evolution of legal technology as it relates to my own legal career… …So, where are we now in utilising legal technology to improve efficiency and client engagement? I believe the answer lies in SmartLaw….

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