Business leadership

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KPMG’s legal arm sets goal to reach £100m turnover

The leaders of KPMG’s legal arm have been given a mandate to grow it into a £100m business in the next few years. The branch, which has now rebranded and started trading as KPMG Law, has been indicated by the accountancy firm’s board as a strategic priority, especially when it comes to the UK. KPMG […]

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Pinsents’ Vario snaps up LOD’s German leadership duo

Pinsent Masons’ flexible resourcing service Vario has brought in the German leadership duo of rival Lawyers On Demand (LOD), as the latter prepares to shut down in the region. Vario, whose turnover is understood to have grown by 30 per cent in the last financial year from £14m to an estimated £18m, has hired Carl […]

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Dentons signs up John Lewis as first managed services client

Dentons has launched a managed legal services offering to take on low to medium complexity work for in-house legal teams. Developed as an extension of a client’s in-house team, the firm says the new offering will allow for significant cost savings to clients and free up the workload of their in-house legal department, by assisting […]

Analysis

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The financial year ends, and the cash is in – or is it?

One partner has come up with a fixed expression when talking to his general counsel clients: “If cash flow permits”. In other words: you need to pay your bill. Most UK firms are reaching the end of their financial year. But this is no traditional end. Coronavirus has quickly ravaged across firms’ and client companies’ […]

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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

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

Cyber security: Proactivity vs reactivity

Worried about the rise in cyber crime? Peter Yapp explains to Counter Terror Business Magazine how to “expect the unexpected” and get proactive when it comes to cyber security.

Logistics market analysis

The challenges over recent months have had a major impact on the carriage and logistics landscape. In terms of sea shipping, prices have taken a major hike driven by reduced availability and poor positioning of assets. We are finding that most agents are proposing very similar rates in the markets therefore there is little financial incentive falling out of tender processes.

Directors’ duties

Directors are having to take decisions at speed across an ever-increasing range of issues, whether related to health and safety or HR matters, on-going trading or company finances. Aside from the ever-present implications of COVID-19, one theme that links all of these decisions is the framework within which they are taken. Directors of all UK companies must comply with their statutory duties under the Companies Act 2006.

The place of anonymity in internal communications

Does anonymity ever have a productive role to play in your business? In an article by Josh Berin, he suggests one of the revolutionary and beneficial aspects of feedback and internal communication apps is their ability to allow employees to rate or offer improvements to their superiors without having to reveal their identity.

The greenest way to do business

Running a sustainable, green business is now more important than it has ever been before. But you don’t need to be a giant corporation to make a big difference.