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Redundancy fears at BT spread to in-house legal team

BT group general counsel Sabine Chalmers has written to lawyers at the telecomms business in a bid to curb fears over job losses which have now spread to its legal team. BT CEO Gavin Patterson has been the most high-profile casualty of the business’s recent struggles as he was asked to step down by shareholders […]

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White & Case advises as CVC buys UnitedLex in biggest-ever legal market deal

CVC Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in alternative legal services provider UnitedLex in what is believed to be the largest investment in the legal market ever at $500m. UnitedLex CEO Dan Reed led negotiations in-house. The Lawyer can reveal that CVC was advised by a White & Case team led by New York-based partner […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing revamps office leadership in Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing has appointed a new co-head for its US office, as it continues its expansion in the Silicon Valley. Chris Jeffrey joined the international firm in 2000, where he was made partner in 2006. He advises online business and technology companies on issues including data protection and compliance. His career started in 1994, when […]

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Featured Briefings

Navigating a new reality in the client-empowered era

To thrive in the new era of the empowered client, law firms must make investments designed to modernise the way they run their firms and service their clients. This requires changing culture, developing new competencies, and operationalising new ways of working. Innovative technologies are key enablers to accelerating rms’ transformations in these areas. New research […]

Data protection: sunset of £500k, dawn of GDPR enforcement and horizon of Brexit

By JP Buckley In just a short space of time, the ever-evolving world of data protection and cyber has seen yet more change: 1. Potentially one of the last enforcement actions under the Data Protection Act 1998 against Equifax – and a maximum £500,000 fine for them for failing to secure UK citizens’ personal data against […]

Video: The evolution of project management in litigation

By Michael Quartararo, Jason Reid From beginning to end, litigation is time consuming, complicated and costly. More and more clients are demanding increased transparency and efficiency from their external counsel. So how do you deliver? Project management tools can improve results and strengthen client relationships. Watch our webinar as we discuss: – The rise of project management […]

What is digital transformation worth in the legal industry?

Addleshaw Goddard uses the HighQ platform to improve productivity, security and add value to its client services. After deploying HighQ AG saw improvements in efficiency, risk management, client engagement and brand visibility across all areas of the company. Clients of Addleshaw Goddard also benefit from a contract management solution the firm developed with the HighQ […]

How protectionism could affect technology

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

The digital era – Time to re-imagine your business

Last year, the UK was named the least productive European nation in the G7 and latest figures suggest that things have not improved; in fact, some claim these productivity challenges are one of the biggest economic threats facing Britain. At the same time, the intense and constant pace of change caused by the digital era […]

Webinar Q&A: Introduction to High Court enforcement for businesses

By David Asker What constitutes an obstruction? An obstruction ranges from locking the building up, to threats with a weapon or physically hiding items away. Essentially it is the obstructing and preventing of an enforcement agent from enforcing the writ of control. We would also consider wasting time and making the agent’s job as difficult as […]

Case Study: How Appleby Hope & Matthews improved productivity with ALB

By Norman Turvey Appleby Hope & Matthews had been AlphaLaw users for many years, and had reached the limits of being able to take the software any further. In order to maximise efficiencies and ensure their software would be able to meet their needs in the future, the decision was taken to review their current system […]

GDPR risks for retailers

By Jeanette Burgess, Gwendoline Davies Much of the focus in the retail and legal press in recent months has been on the eye-watering level of fines which data protection regulators can impose for infringements of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. However in this mini-series Walker Morris’ Heads of Regulatory & Compliance and […]

Austria’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019

By Thomas Kulnigg, Ursula Rath The Austrian government closely monitors developments in the area of alternative means of financing through distributed ledger technology and other digital assets, such as initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) or initial token offerings (“ITOs”). It tends to apply an open approach to cryptocurrencies, new technologies and fintech, while at the same […]

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Putting data to work in the practice of law

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

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