Tech & Innovation

A digital services strategy is no longer a “nice to have”; it is a necessity

Julie Murphy-O’Connor, co-head of the commercial litigation group at Matheson, shares how the firm has invested in people, processes and technology to provide customised digital services and solutions for clients.  What has been your experience in implementing a digital strategy in a longstanding traditional law firm? Matheson has a long tradition of innovation. In 1980, […]

Innovating for growth: Designing a digital services strategy

Matheson’s head of digital services Tom Connor shares his insights into working as part of the senior management team to design, execute and lead the evolving digital transformation strategy at Ireland’s largest law firm.    The events of the past year have significantly altered the way in which many people and businesses think about how […]

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Shoosmiths’ first-ever COO departs after one year

Shoosmiths‘ chief operating officer and board member is to leave the business after little more than a year in the newly-created position. Ben Bennett was hired in late 2019 as the firm’s first COO. Reporting to chief executive officer Simon Boss, he came in to support strategic growth and drive operational improvements. As part of […]

PwC appoints new UK head of legal

PwC legal head Ed Stacey is to stand down from his role, handing over the reins to partner Teresa Owusu-Adjei. As UK head of legal, Owusu-Adjei will lead 400 lawyers and other legal professionals. She has been with the accountancy firm since 1995, and a financial services partner since 2008 Stacey was appointed head of […]

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Clifford Chance hires new chief people officer from Goldman Sachs

Clifford Chance has recruited a new chief people officer, while also appointing a global partner for talent from its City employment team. Grant Eldred joins as chief people officer, having worked as global head of HR transformation at Goldman Sachs. He starts at Clifford Chance in April, with the remit of implementing a new strategy and […]

A&O hires new CMO from magic circle rival

Allen & Overy has hired its new global chief marketing and communications officer from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Lucy Murphy joins the firm in July after over a decade at Freshfields. At A&O, she replaces Richard Grove, who is retiring from the firm after nearly 14 years. The new role means Murphy will have now held […]

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Briefings

How voice-based document production helps your firm win more business

Throughout the lifecycle management of a client, a great deal of correspondence and documentation is produced. This briefing explains how a speech-to-text document production process can transform client responsiveness and help the firm win more business.

The advantages of Freeports examined following Budget 2021

Businesses operating Freeports will benefit from more generous tax reliefs, customs benefits and wider government support, bringing investment, trade and jobs, but what exactly are the advantages businesses can expect to gain from operating in a Freeport?

Budget 2021: The employment implications

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. Outlined below are the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.

UK legal experts comment on Budget 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today set out plans for the future in the 2021 Budget – here, legal experts at Shoosmiths offer their views on these announcements.

UK trade remedies

Until the UK’s departure from the European Union and its customs union, United Kingdom trade remedy policy was determined at a European level by the European Commission, applying various European Union regulations. Following the end of the post-Brexit transition period, the United Kingdom now conducts its own independent trade remedy policy.

The new how: thriving on change

The world is changing. At lightning-fast speed. This white paper, prepared as part of The Lawyer’s Smarter Working Week, looks at the main drivers for change in more detail and how you can prepare for ‘change3’.

The Changing Face of Digital ID in Jersey and Guernsey

The problem of confirming identity without face-to-face meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought digital systems for the verification of identity (“Digital ID”) into focus, and may well accelerate the transition from paper based to digital systems as the default means of verifying identity. The Guernsey Financial Services Commission (“GFSC”) and Jersey Financial Services Commission […]

Irish High Court directs remote hearing of witness action

COVID-19 and the associated social distancing and other public health measures have had far-reaching practical consequences for court hearings. From the outset of the pandemic, the courts adapted quickly by introducing full remote hearings – initially for appeal hearings that did not require witnesses to give evidence, but also more recently for hearings involving witnesses. […]