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Ex-Linklaters and Simmons duo unveil new tech start-up business

Two former Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons lawyers, who banked $10m with the sale of their proofreading business, have launched another venture that has attracted a $1.2m investment from magic circle and US firms. Stephen Scanlan, formerly a supervising associate at Simmons & Simmons, and Travis Leon, a law school friend and then a corporate […]

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DLA debuts “radical change” consulting business

DLA Piper‘s global co-CEO Simon Levine has laid out plans for a new collective of consulting services to turn the law firm into an expansive professional services outfit. The firm has launched a separate umbrella brand, Law&, to target new business areas and broader advisory services besides legal advice. The separate business, which is owned […]

Freshfields former innovation chief lands new gig

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former head of legal innovation Isabel Parker has found her next role, after leaving the magic circle firm earlier this year. Parker is set to join US-headquartered NewLaw provider Elevate to conduct contractual work for a specific new project whose details are still under wraps. Her new stint comes months after Parker left her […]

The ‘New How’: How Shoosmiths’ lockdown project took shape

In early 2020, Shoosmiths engaged a design agency to build a promotional campaign around a suite of technology platforms. The idea focused on doing things differently, informed by Prof Richard Susskind’s idea of the ‘lawyer of the future’. The campaign revolved around three platforms the firm had developed over the previous year. They were meant […]

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Elevate postpones IPO due to Covid-19 disruption

US-headquartered New Law business Elevate has postponed its initial public offering (IPO) due to disruption brought about by the pandemic, The Lawyer can reveal. The provider’s public listing on the AIM London Stock Exchange was due next year but it has now been pushed back to 2022. In February, The Lawyer reported that Elevate had […]

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Cleary duo launch tech tool for capital markets lawyers

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is piloting a new tool created by two of its associates to help lawyers and in-house teams with regulatory disclosure and filing documents. John Kwan and Mohamed Taha have set up the product. Both have worked at Cleary for around five years before making moves to set up their new […]

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DLA trains 500 employees for client service post-lockdown

DLA Piper has trained more than 500 lawyers and staff members on design thinking strategies during the lockdown period, part of a broader strategy to support clients on more than just their legal issues when it comes to the recovery period. The firm conducted design thinking virtual sessions during the Covid-19 crisis addressed to all kinds […]

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Freshfields to launch 100 Bishopsgate data lab in new tech venture

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is looking to launch its second digital solutions lab after it finalises its move into 100 Bishopsgate, building on a venture started last year in Berlin. The second lab will complement an existing space in Berlin that was debuted in 2019 and is housed in the Factory co-working space nested in the […]

Taylor Wessing cements Wilson Sonsini ties with Covid-19 tech venture

Taylor Wessing has worked with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati on a new technology product to help clients concoct their return to the office strategy, the latest step in a non-exclusive agreement relationship struck by the two firms in 2019. The firms relied on software development work carried out by SixFifty, a technology subsidiary owned […]