4 steps to achieve creativity
Many entrepreneurs or firm owners see the creative process as a random element that they have to deal with at some point during the week and often pay little attention to the benefits it can bring to their day-to-day work. Creativity can also help us to overcome challenges or obstacles. The questio...
Editor - 17 May 2021
The 4 keys to Creating a succesful Practice
1. Change the way you think The way you think creates your success. If you find yourself blaming other people or circumstances for your lack of success, you need to take responsibility for your choices. In Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), we talk about what's called "cause and effect". • ...
Eva Guerra - 16 May 2021
From Baker McKenzie: "We have implemented actions and initiatives to facilitate education on anti-racism"
A professional from recognized law firm Baker McKenzie responds to The Impact Lawyers´ questions about Race and Ethnicity policies. Do you have a policy within your firm at a global level to prevent and detect racist cases, both with your staff and with your clients? Across the Firm we have ...
Editor - 15 May 2021
Contract management: the key to your income
One of the biggest causes of lost profits has been the failure of many organisations to manage contracts. A study conducted by EY Law and Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession refutes this fact. Among the international companies that participated in this study, 92% of them plan t...
Editor - 14 May 2021
The Blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies: NFT's
The technological world and the adoption of new disruptive technologies has had a huge impact on the way we relate to each other, and of course, in almost all spheres of our lives. Recently these developments have revolutionised the art or collectibles sector through NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens, a t...
Nicolás Junco Villamizar - 14 May 2021
Technology Certification: Competency = Competitive Advantage
For all its upheaval, the pandemic has had a few benefits, like exposing the actual state of technology competence in the legal industry. While professional guidelines like the Solicitors Regulatory Authority’s Statement of Solicitor Competence, the American Bar Association’s Model Rules...
Joanne Humber - 14 May 2021
How to understand millennial lawyers?
Digital transformation is changing the way law firms interact with their clients, visualise their brand or structure the work of their employees. What is largely overlooked, so far, is the impending generational change that is looming at the top of law firms. The millennial generation, beset by eco...
Editor - 14 May 2021
Law students as agents of change
If we want to speed up technology adoption in the legal industry, then we have to start preparing the potential users of legaltech at the earliest possible point – law schools. There are a million reasons and excuses why the legal industry is slow at embracing technology to become more efficie...
Holger Zscheyge - 13 May 2021
How can your firm be selected for the Chambers Global Guide?
Steps for a law firm to be eligible for the Chambers Global Guide There are several different categories of inclusion in the Global Guide which have their own requirements. Firstly there are rankings on a local jurisdictional level - the Global Guide includes rankings across 200 jurisdictions arou...
Robinson Redmond - 13 May 2021
Efficiency in law firms?
Efficiency is a sometimes invariable factor within law firms. All legal professionals strive to achieve it in their working day. Long working hours, or the stress generated within the office, are causes that undermine efficiency.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind to increase efficiency:&nbs...
Editor - 13 May 2021
When Is Legal Tech Not Legal Tech?
When we think of legal technology, we think about tools that contribute directly to production of the work product of a lawyer. Some of these tools may be “general purpose”, such as Word for creating documents, or Outlook for sending and receiving email. Others are practice-specific tool...
Joy Heath Rush - 12 May 2021
How to spark creativity by brainstorming
If you are short of inspiration and new ideas, these tips can help you brainstorm and spark your creativity:   Try to rewrite the assignment from a kid´s perspective Do not change the content, but the way you express it. Express yourself in clear language so that you can be understood ...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 12 May 2021
The importance of legal writing – contentious matters
The importance of legal writing for experts practicing law cannot be underestimated, especially in Ukraine.  In Ukraine, legal writing has historically never been included as a specifically designed course in law faculties’ programs. As a result, young Ukrainian lawyers often leave their...
Olga Shenk - 12 May 2021
Discover the greatest energy thief and 4 tips to prevent it
I'm sure you've heard of energy thieves more than once. They refer to those people or things that steal your energy and end up exhausting you mentally, emotionally and even physically. In fact, on my channel you have a video where I talk about 7 of these energy thieves you want to know. At the end...
Eva Guerra - 11 May 2021
Setting SMART goals
Setting goals is very important in different areas of the company. In addition, it is even more important to involve employees in setting those goals. Not only will you have a better chance of achieving your objectives, but you will also get the maximum potential out of your employees because they w...
Editor - 11 May 2021
Mental health in the legal sector: Are young lawyers suffering?
Is mental health currently an issue that impacts on young lawyers? Yes. According to a study by the International Bar Association (IBA) it is concluded that the well-being of lawyers is of "global concern", with depressive thoughts being common among young lawyers.  The study also publishes a...
Editor - 10 May 2021
Evolution of legal departments in the digital era
Observing how organizations are trying to get adapted to the context that the digital revolution is generating, we can rapidly extract some conclusions. Their hierarchy, structures, processes and even their external networks and forms of dealing with innovation and cooperation, are progressively bec...
Miguel González Inés - 10 May 2021
The current paradigm of litigation funding
In the wake of the pandemic shake-up in the legal market, many litigators are relying on third parties for litigation funding. While this practice is common in Anglo-Saxon markets such as the United States and the United Kingdom, it is becoming more widespread in Europe and elsewhere. Technology wil...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 10 May 2021
Factors for hiring new lawyers
There are countless law firms that, due to their size or organisational structure, do not have recruiting professionals, and these services are outsourced or directly handled by the firm's own lawyers.  In the second case, as there is no experience in recruiting new lawyers, mistakes can be ma...
Editor - 10 May 2021
Cracking The Legal Dress Code: Image Coaching Tips for Lawyers
Words have power, whether they’re spoken or written, but did you know that research shows that words make up a mere 7% of all face-to-face communication? According to researcher Albert Mehrabian, a whopping 55% of all communication is nonverbal, and the remaining 38% is vocal. As a member of ...
Solita Roberts - 09 May 2021
Design your documents to make them more efficient and transparent
Law firms pay a lot of attention to their clients, but often do not invest time in the design of the documents they produce, either for internal use or for presentation to their client, which could increase clarity and improve their efficiency. There are many tools on the market to help improve docu...
Editor - 09 May 2021
AI for Lawyers - What’s the truth?
No other technology has conjured fear like AI (Artificial Intelligence). Imagine the future with AI - and you either see the positive (like R2D2-like droid companions) or the negative (think killing Terminator machines). The media terrifies us with stories of the intelligent AI agents taking over.&n...
Jim Chiang - 07 May 2021
Do you know all the benefits of working from home?
We have all experienced what it is like to work from home. In fact, although it is now possible to work from the office in many places, many law firms have chosen to continue to allow their lawyers to work remotely five working days a week. Here are the benefits that have been most noticeable as a ...
Editor - 07 May 2021
To thrive, your business must be unique when compared to all the others who sell what you sell
For any serious business person, it is a fundamental fact that your business must be different... there must be something that separates it from all of your competition. Commonly referred to as the Unique Selling Proposal. The Entrepreneur.com encyclopedia defines a unique selling proposition as fol...
Brian Maphosa - 07 May 2021
Are you an honest leader?
An increasingly sought-after quality in leaders is that of honesty. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, honesty is a value that is appreciated, especially if you work or lead a team by telematic means.  Here are some tips to help you be a more honest leader: - Eliminate bi...
Editor - 07 May 2021
Innovation in mediation. Discover the programme launched by Winter Wheeler
Winter Wheeler is a professional mediator and arbitrator who combines legal professionalism with remarkable communication skills. Wheeler recently launched The Winter Wheeler Experience, an educational programme that aims to completely change the way legal professionals perceive medication.  T...
Editor - 06 May 2021
Adhurst appoints Linda Grace new global head of Adhurst Advance Reach
The Global Law Firm, Adhurst, has appointed Linda Grace as the new global head of Adhurst Advance Reach, the firm´s flexible resourcing platform. Since it was launched in 2019, the platform has been requested by more and more customers, specifically from the UK and Australia. This platform all...
Editor - 06 May 2021
What if the easiest way to reduce outside counsel costs is simple: Switching to cheaper firms?
This is part two of Nathan Cemenska’s series on legal pricing and law department spend. Read part one: Do large corporate legal departments get better rates? Not always. Most law department sourcing patterns probably reflect no holistic design. Nobody ever sat down and said, let’s hit t...
Nathan Cemenska - 06 May 2021
The Quick Guide To Buying Legal Services
During the last few years, an increasing number of procurement professionals have gotten involved in buying legal services. These ‘legal procurement’ professionals use a procurement approach for legal services and aim to drive value and competitive advantage for their employers beyond me...
Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein - 06 May 2021
How to have a better return to work
Now that the pandemic seems to be disappearing, people are returning to the office. However, employers will need to manage this return to work, maintaining the well-being of their employees and leading the company to a better place. Also, they will have to deal with depression, anxiety, and other ef...
Editor - 05 May 2021
Ethnic minorities in the legal sector: reality or utopia?
In an eminently globalised market, the recruitment of international lawyers is the order of the day. But when it comes to the recruitment of black and minority ethnic lawyers in the US and UK legal sector, the numbers are low. According to a study carried out by the consultancy Green Park, 8.8% of p...
Editor - 05 May 2021
How to Optimize Your Use of #Hashtags* on LinkedIn©
Because I have been using LinkedIn for more than 17 years, have over 15,000 connections on LinkedIn, and have been named a Top Thought Leader on LinkedIn, I wrote this article as a step-by-step guide on ways to optimize your use of hashtags on LinkedIn.  Please note: This article is not intend...
Julie Savarino - 05 May 2021
5 tips for your employees' development
Leaders have the responsibility of promoting and empowering employee development. There are several ways of doing this: giving them the resources and tools they need or offering them different training courses. However, because of the new reality we are living, new employee development programs are ...
Editor - 05 May 2021
Why Human Capital? A (Brief) Overview
For whatever reason, there appear to be few concepts in human experience more mystifying than that of Human Capital.  Is it “just” HR”? Is it HR-lite? Is it HR+? Is it Human Trafficking (actual question)? The list goes on and on. I would say that Human Capital (Or HCM –...
Maurice Ducoing - 04 May 2021
Perfectionism Lawyers syndrome: learn to detect it. The search for perfection is billed.
Is there the perfect world, the perfect couple, the perfect job? Almost everyone is clear about the answer: absolutely not. However, it is very common for us to wear ourselves out in search of something that we rationally know does not exist. The idea of perfection has been conveyed because you are...
Eva Guerra - 04 May 2021
Before Looking for ‘New Opportunities’ Elsewhere, You Could be Standing on Your Acres of Diamonds?
A true story is told of an African farmer who heard tales about other farmers who had made millions by discovering diamond mines. These tales so excited the farmer that he could hardly wait to sell his farm and go prospecting for diamonds himself. He sold the farm and spent the rest of his life wand...
Brian Maphosa - 03 May 2021
Book review: Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law
Book Review: Dennis Kennedy, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations (October 18, 2019). The word “innovation” can sound ominous to those who have experienced too many brainstorming sessions featuring a swarm ...
Jerry Lawson - 03 May 2021
NFTs - what is the fuss about?
NFTs or non-fungible tokens seems to be a very popular topic this year. Did you hear about that 69.3-million-dollar sale? The term "NFTs" has been all over the news lately. Attention is not drawn only because of the huge amount of the transaction. If you're not sure what an NFTs – or non-fungi...
Anete Garoza - 02 May 2021
Why an internal podcast could benefit our law firm's culture?
Many of us have calls with colleagues and bosses via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and other online platforms, yet we sometimes wonder whether we really feel a sense of belonging to our company at home. Yet, sometimes we wonder if we really feel a sense of belonging to the company from home? T...
Editor - 01 May 2021
With this new hybrid model of work, leaders must work on fairness
As a result of the pandemic, a hybrid model of work is now in place. Employees combine face-to-face and online work, so they can get the benefits of both models of work. For example, they have greater flexibility and still work with their peers. However, this hybrid model also requires a change in l...
Editor - 30 April 2021
Is technology competence a risk issue?
Will your clients be asking you to prove your lawyers are tech savvy? It has been an extraordinary year with some noticeable increases in many law firms’ profits, more mergers and acquisitions, growing corporate legal departments and, of course, the shift to remote working and the new technol...
Joanne Humber - 30 April 2021
Marketing your law firm
Source: Book Legal Marketing: from a competent law firm to a competitive one. How to achieve it Legal marketing must have a solid foundation, that is, the firm’s professionals’ outstanding technical background in law, economics, etc. Without technical and service quality, there can ...
Francesc Domínguez - 30 April 2021
Recruiting as a cycle
Many companies have a standard employee selection process: they do several rounds of interviews and then keep the ones they think are the best fit for the Firm. How many companies do we know with this employee selection process? Probably most of them.  Therefore, we must think on what we shoul...
Editor - 29 April 2021
The importance of Artificial Intelligence in the Brazilian legal market
The use of Artificial Intelligence by lawtechs and legaltechs in the Brazilian market has grown a lot in recent years and there are many initiatives that aim to solve problems of lawyers and companies. Solutions to deal with the contingent of approximately 80 million cases range from document autom...
Ana Julia Vaz Guimarães Sampaio - 29 April 2021
How Platform Technologies Enable Enterprise Collaboration For Corporate Legal Departments
The role of legal departments in many organizations has shifted significantly in recent years. In the past, legal functioned almost as a black box with little to no interaction with the rest of the company. Today’s legal department looks very different. Cross-collaboration is the name of the ...
Rob Johnson - 29 April 2021
Leverage ALSPs and Legaltech to Improve Work Culture, Client Service, and Your Bottom Line
Does anyone else see it coming? It's so clear to me… We've just gone through an extended period of lockdown and reflection. We don't want to go back to the way things used to be, but we also want to break out of the erratic slog of how we're working now. People are burning out.   NOW:...
Yvonne Nath - 28 April 2021
"Many firms are not only ready, they are already fully immersed in the age of AI"
Noah Waisberg, CEO & Co-Founder of Kira Systems and Alexander Hudek CTO & Co-Founder of Kira Systems wrote AI For Lawyers (Wiley, 2021), a new book on how AI is adding value, amplifying expertise, and transforming careers. Both of them summarized the key aspects of this essential book for la...
Kira Systems - 28 April 2021
DWF changes its internal structure. Discover its new services
DWF announces the launch of a new integrated legal management structure within the firm. The reason for the integration of this new structure is to re-launch the firm as one of the most relevant legal service providers in the market.  This new measure also entails the reduction of four of its ...
Editor - 27 April 2021
Time – Are you Saving, Spending, Wasting, Using or Investing?
I wanted to have a talk about the concept of time and in particular the concept of saving time, or spending time, or investing time, or using time. We talk about saving time, but the reality is we can’t actually save any time. There’s no time you can save that is going to ever come bac...
Eva Guerra - 27 April 2021
Artificial Intelligence in law firms. Simmons Simmons case
Simmons & Simmons has recently announced the launch of Rocketeer, a platform specialised in the field of the trademark registration market and which is built on artificial intelligence.  It is a tool that will revolutionise the field of intellectual property in the legal sector. Rocketeer...
Editor - 27 April 2021
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