Client collaboration, law firm culture and the war for talent, technology, and Brexit headlined Sandpiper Partners’ ninth annual London Legal Market Virtual Conference. Williams Lea’s CEO, Clare Hart, joined a panel discussion on maintaining a consistent culture in the new ‘next’ normal where the overall sentiment from law firm leaders confirmed that the office of the future will be built around a hybrid in-office and remote working model.
“Be bold” was the resounding sentiment at the Sandpiper Partners’ UK-focused Working Differently at Law Firms virtual roundtable, during a robust discussion among leaders in the UK legal industry. Several topics were discussed, including: hybrid working, returning to offices, maintaining a strong culture, ensuring clients remain a top priority, investing in technology, and achieving operational efficiency and expense reductions through outsourcing.
Clare Hart, CEO at Williams Lea, says law firms face many operational challenges when it comes to adopting a hybrid working model, not least deciding who comes to the office, when and why. Embracing new ways of thinking and outsourcing support roles, she says, may help law firms to solve these issues and get back to practising law.
In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.
Hybrid working, a future of work brief, explores the challenges and opportunities of the agile work model.
The Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts (Articles), developed by the International Law Commission (ILC), turn 20 this year. On 9 August 2001 – 45 years after the first report by Special Rapporteur Francisco García-Amador on the topic, after 5 Special Rapporteurs and 34 reports by them – the ILC adopted the final text of the Articles, thus bringing to an end work that (in the words of Rosalyn Higgins) were it not for the Commission‘s broad understanding of responsibility, ‘should on the face of it [have] take[n] one summer’s work’.
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