Business leadership

Clyde & Co to support global banks-backed trading blockchain platform

Clyde & Co is set to provide legal services to a new consortium of banks and traders launching a blockchain-based platform to digitalise commodities trading processes. Komgo SA is a new Switzerland-based partnership that brings together powerhouse banks and stakeholders in the oil industry, including ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Citi, Crédit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch […]


Linklaters starts coding club after asking lawyers for innovation tips

Linklaters is piloting an idea generation platform to develop new solutions to common problems in an effort to boost the firm’s engagement in innovation. Ideas Pathway, a technology platform created by software company Hype Enterprise, allows the firm’s staff to submit ideas from any device and to collaborate on the review and development of the […]

allen & overy

A&O sets up partner-led tech team to harvest innovation ideas

With a number of products set to launch in the coming year, Allen & Overy (A&O) has set up a markets innovation group to pilot legal technology developed by the firm and discuss possible collaboration initiatives. The five-partner team in London, led by derivatives partner David Wakeling, has been developing two tools that address the possibility of […]

Data security

HSF opts for in-house tech to fight data breaches

As data breaches rise amid new GDPR regulations, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has developed in-house software to help clients react to leaks and counteract potential financial losses. The software, which identifies and analyses the personal data breached in the leaks, was built in-house by the head of the firm’s global cyber security practice Andrew Moir […]



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

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….

Deploying technology to optimise legal operations

By Rob MacAdam and Dawn Hinz Hosted by the ACC Northeast and HighQ, the webinar Deploying technology to optimise legal operations featured technology insight for corporate legal teams and legal operations professionals. Attendees tuned in to hear about the current state of technology within legal departments, how to deploy technology effectively and predictions for the […]

CLOC Institute 2018 – A countdown of the 5 key takeaways

By Rob MacAdam It was quite an experience visiting Las Vegas for the first time at the world’s largest gathering of legal operations professionals, the CLOC Institute 2018. Attending events of this scale and quality is always hugely rewarding. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reflecting on some of the key themes, ideas […]

The shape of litigation

By Tom Cox and Emma Bufton At our most recent ThinkHouse Foundations event, Senior Associate, Tom Cox, from our Commercial Litigation team spoke about the shape of litigation and the typical challenges experienced by in­house and private practice legal teams when working together, and how common issues can be avoided…

Property hijack fraud: new duty for conveyancers?

By Sam McCollum The Law Commission recommends introducing a new statutory duty on solicitors in property transactions. If the proposals are implemented, solicitors will owe a duty to HM Land Registry in respect of identity checks…

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