We gave managing partners an imaginary wrecking ball, permission to set aside the past and a wishlist of constituent parts and asked them to build from the ground up a law firm fit for 21st century demands. Here’s the result…
When the UK woke up to Brexit on 24 June many of the country’s lawyers had already been fielding calls throughout a long and sleepless night from clients worried about the potential impact on their businesses. A procession of firms including Clifford Chance, Dechert, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons had launched hotlines or were operating […]
The paralegal remains one of the most ill-defined jobs in the legal profession. Exclusive research by Lawyer 2B has found long hours, poor pay and dangling the “carrot” of a training contract could create serious problems for UK firms.
DWF has launched a consulting arm, with two hires from BDO and Grant Thornton. The firm, which listed on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year, has started DWF Regulatory Consulting and has hired BDO financial services partner Andrew Jacobs and Darren Fisher, who was previously a director in Grant Thornton’s financial services advisory arm. […]
The number of solicitor apprentices at UK200 law firms has doubled since 2018, research by The Lawyer has found. In the 2018 UK200 report, there were 75 school-leavers undertaking the Level 7 ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeship, which leads to qualification as a solicitor after six years. This has risen to 146 apprentices as of 2019. Additionally, there […]
Shearman & Sterling is in the process of changing the way it assess its staff, as an increasing number of firms steer away from the traditional annual performance review and towards real-time feedback. The US firm is overhauling its performance management systems and rolling out a new career development approach for staff globally. The new […]
A judge who claims she was “bullied, ignored and undermined” by her peers has won a landmark case in the Supreme Court, which ruled she should be classed as a worker and granted the same legal protections as whistleblowers. After a range of cost-cutting reforms were announced by the Ministry of Justice in 2010, District […]
Ashurst has set up a new accelerator programme for up to 30 fintech companies, following similar efforts made by firms such as Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May and Addleshaw Goddard. The firm has launched FinTech Legal Labs, which will be run in its new London headquarters in the Fruit & Wool Exchange. It is […]