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Why trust is the key to success in legaltech

The SRA recently published its Technology and Innovation in Legal Services report. One key feature was improving user trust in legal technology. It’s much more important that you’d think.

“Fire Safety Form” requirements now in force

Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into the Grenfell Tower disaster, the so-called “Planning Gateway One” is now in force. This is one of three gateways, or checks and balances, to regulate the life of a higher-risk building.


Place in the sun

As the days here get colder and shorter, are you worried that the bonus won’t quite stretch to a sojourn next to the azure waters of the Caribbean? Or that there won’t be a job left for you when you return? There is a solution. Lawyers are being offered the opportunity to go out to […]

The rights stuff

Victoria Prais travelled to Armenia to train newly qualified judges on the ins and outs of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights – and found encouraging signs that the legislation is making an impact. In June this year I was invited by the Council of Europe to train Armenian judges in criminal […]

Nomura panel rejig adds three, drops one

Dewey & LeBoeuf, ­Norton Rose and Travers Smith have all won roles on ­investment bank Nomura’s extended roster of preferred firms. The three firms join ­existing panel members Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters on the bank’s main roster. General counsel Mark Chapman, who has been in the role for a year, […]


UK firms line up for Icelandic bank roles

Denton Wilde Sapte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have snared key roles as the UK arms of two Icelandic banks at the heart of the country’s financial crisis are put into administration by regulators. Kaupthing Singer & Friedland and Heritable Bank, a UK subsidiary of Iceland’s Landsbanki, have both gone into administration this […]

Opinion: Right now, the market’s greatest need is for politicians

When politicians discuss the financial markets they generally appear to be ­talking about a parallel world. Pro or anti-regulation? Pro or anti-screwdriver? What matters is what the tool is used to achieve. Pro or anti-speculation? Speculation, or trading, is what markets are for – it is ­trading that makes a market work. ‘Unfair’ salaries – […]

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