26 September 2016

Steve Cooke Slaughter and May

How Steve Cooke and Mike Lynch masterminded the Slaughters AI revolution

Sometimes it really is all about who you know. Only months into his reign as Slaughter and May senior partner, former M&A head Steve Cooke has just introduced artificial intelligence (AI) technology to what is outwardly the most conservative firm in the market. And this is AI that has been purpose built to revolutionise the way Slaughters does deals.

Cat Griffiths index

Chinese national firms need to learn a lesson in collaboration

Time to take the kid gloves off. A pecking order is emerging in China, but you can already see mistakes being made by some of the biggest firms there. Those dubbed the Red Circle – Fangda, Haiwen, JunHe, KWM and Zhong Lun – have opened up a gap between them and the national firms – and that gap doesn’t look like closing any time soon. The reason? While the red circle firms have successfully institutionalised their businesses, many national firms can’t let go of their traditional structures where each partner and his or her team represent a separate profit centre. What’s more, the partner shells out for the salaries and business development costs of his or her team members.

Crisis management, in-house lawyers, general counsel

Don’t waste a good crisis, GCs

GCs are turning a business crisis to their benefit, by making the legal department’s skills and knowledge indispensable, developing junior members’ skills, and networking with internal departments and external lawyers.

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