Practice management

Practice Management

Bakers picks Florida for third business services centre

Baker McKenzie is set to open its third support centre in Florida as it kickstarts a business services overhaul. The service roles that will be based in Tampa, Florida, include legal services, finance, IT, knowledge management, operations, business development, marketing and communications, and talent. The new office is expected to employ 300 people and will […]


Dentons adds ten new start-ups to ‘Space Camp’

Ten start-ups have joined the second cohort of Dentons’ SpaceTech accelerator as the firm dives deep into a sector increasingly relevant to the UK economy. The cohort entered the firm’s London HQ in September and, over three months, will explore space tech applications under the guidance of “experts in residence” Justin Hill, TMT partner and […]

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A&O puts its name to fourth Fuse start-up in new licensing deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to license and roll out globally the technology developed by one of the start-ups that is part of Fuse, its core innovation space in London. The start-up, Avvoka, was created in 2016 by David Howorth and Eliot Benzecrit, who developed a digital platform to allow businesses to automatically create, […]

A&O fills Fuse space with Bank of England tech team

Allen & Overy (A&O) has joined forces with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Bank of England in a bid to make regulatory reporting more accurate through the use of technology. Starting from mid-October, the magic circle firm’s tech incubator Fuse will host the pair’s “Digital Regulatory Reporting” pilot project team, exploring the ways technology […]

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Litigation funder Vannin postpones IPO listing

Vannin Capital has halted its intended flotation on the London Stock Exchange, a month after it hired Allen & Overy’s former head David Morley to spearhead the move. Morley joined the funder in September as its non-executive chairman. He was a partner at the magic circle firm for 18 years – spending eight years as its […]


Pricing specialist claims most tools are “glorified Excel spreadsheets” as new platform launches

A new “intelligent” pricing platform is set to launch to help law firms elaborate more accurate budget and price proposals and comply with incoming transparency regulations. The product was developed by legal services pricing firm Validatum in collaboration with AI platform Neota Logic, which is used by law firms such as Clifford Chance, Allen & […]

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DLA Piper brings in academics to assess deals data

DLA Piper is collaborating with Imperial College London on a series of projects aimed at extracting value and generating insights from historical deals data. The initiatives, called Data Spark projects, are led by the firm’s EMEA and Asia Pacific director of innovation Adam Hembury and are designed to improve ways of working based on in-depth […]

Baker McKenzie

Bakers is latest firm to announce business services overhaul

Baker McKenzie is set to reorganise its professional and business services teams as part of a three-year assessment, which will see a number of support roles at risk. The consultation over the shake-up of the London office will begin at the end of October, with teams affected within human resources, finance, business development, marketing and communications and […]

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Bryan Cave innovation head to drive tech efforts in newly merged BCLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has set up a new innovation group, pulling together the most successful components of the legacy firms’ tech offerings. The newly formed structure will be helmed by Denver-based chief innovation officer Katie DeBord, who will be tasked with revolutionising internal processes and engagement with a global perspective. She hails from […]

Firms warned: “Technological change is eating your lunch”

The digital revolution is well and truly underway in every walk of life, but while law firms are all aware of the benefits, not all have committed to the financial and strategic investments required to make the most of the opportunities afforded by technology. That was one of the key take-aways from The Lawyer’s Business […]

Clyde & Co to support global banks-backed trading blockchain platform

Clyde & Co is set to provide legal services to a new consortium of banks and traders launching a blockchain-based platform to digitalise commodities trading processes. Komgo SA is a new Switzerland-based partnership that brings together powerhouse banks and stakeholders in the oil industry, including ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Citi, Crédit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch […]


Linklaters starts coding club after asking lawyers for innovation tips

Linklaters is piloting an idea generation platform to develop new solutions to common problems in an effort to boost the firm’s engagement in innovation. Ideas Pathway, a technology platform created by software company Hype Enterprise, allows the firm’s staff to submit ideas from any device and to collaborate on the review and development of the […]

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