What does the future hold for law firm design?
Alongside nearly every industry, law firms had to adapt to remote work overnight in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many found surprising success with this new way of working. Even a couple of years ago, it was rare to work with a law firm that explicitly sought to support different styles of...
Kate Vine, Anne Kniffen, John Sadlon - 22 October 2021
LawtechUK selects eight legaltechs for Lawtech Sandbox programme
The LawtechUK platform, a project founded by the UK Ministry of Justice and hosted by Tech Nation, has selected eight companies, all specialising in legaltech, to participate in its Lawtech Sandbox initiative.  Legaltech firms are experiencing exponential economic growth, with UK legaltec...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 22 October 2021
Can the uberization of work reach the legal profession?
Brazil is considered a country of continental dimensions due to the size of its territory. There are about 212 million peoplespread over more than 8 million km². There are currently 1.2 million lawyers registered in the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), so the ratio is 1 lawyer to 175 people. ...
Ana Julia Vaz Guimarães Sampaio - 21 October 2021
What to do in the case of a cyber-attack?
With the rise of technology tools and the habit of storing all business data in the cloud, lawyers are now a tempting target for cybercriminals.  In other words, lawyers have to protect themselves to avoid receiving a cyberattack. According to a note published by Diferencia Legal, and citing ...
Editor - 21 October 2021
The future of autonomous vehicles in the EU: this is Hogan Lovells' white paper
Hogan Lovells has today shared its recommendations on the future of Europe’s regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles (AVs), as the European Commission takes an important first step in submitting a Draft EU ADS Regulation to all 27 Member States ahead of a Public Consultation in November. ...
Editor - 20 October 2021
How can lawyers get ready for greater anti-money laundering scrutiny?
--- Anti-money laundering requirements for law firms have been growing steadily over the past few years In this new landscape, regulatory technology – or RegTech – can play a key role in helping legal firm undertake client due diligence and meet their compliance obligations in a very c...
Claus Christensen - 20 October 2021
Building Business Relationships in a Virtual World
--- Initially this article examines the steps necessary to establish and build profitable business relationships, before going on to highlight the information missing and resultant disadvantages, when those relationships rely on virtual, rather than face-to-face communication. Finally, it then exam...
Nick Davies - 20 October 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 ...
Nathan Cemenska - 19 October 2021
What working policy will firms adopt after the pandemic?
--- A McKinsey study reveals the uncertainty that companies and their workers have because they do not know what working policy they will adopt in the post-pandemic era   Firms are trying to adjust their remote work policy as outbreaks of the virus are gradually coming under control. While l...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 19 October 2021
Linklaters designates new Global Practice Head for TMT/IP. Discover Julia Schönbohm
Linklaters is committed to reinvigorating its TMT and IP practice with the appointment of Julia Schönbohm as its new global head. Since Schönbohm joined the firm as a partner in 2014, she has been involved in contentious and non-contentious proceedings. Able to practice law in Germany and...
Joe Goodman - 18 October 2021
Emma Burnett (CMS): "CMS Breach Assistant is practical tool for navigating a data breach"
1. What is the purpose of CMS Breach Assistant? For most businesses, the question is not if they will experience a data breach, but when it will happen. When businesses face a data breach or a suspected data breach involving personal data, they need clear guidance on what to do and they need it qui...
Emma Burnett - 18 October 2021
Can UK Law Firms Mandate Employee Vaccines?
--- With restrictions in the UK having eased and the population slowly returning to the workplace, us lawyers are often being asked questions about whether employers can mandate vaccines for employees   In the UK, some industries have started mandating employee vaccines, such as within the c...
Efrat Gordon - 17 October 2021
Preserving trade secrets in international arbitration
With the growing importance of data and intangible assets, the adequate protection of a company’s trade secrets is now atop the list of priorities for many legal departments and corporate counsel alike. A trade secret is a piece of confidential information that holds commercial value and gives...
Claire Morel de Westgaver - 15 October 2021
Arizona Supreme Court boosts its legal technology through LegalZoom
LegalZoom has been approved by the Arizona Supreme Court for an Alternative Business Structure (“ABS”) license in the state. The approval positions LegalZoom, a leading online platform for legal and compliance solutions, to accelerate its efforts to democratize law by allowing for g...
Editor - 15 October 2021
Increasing Access to Justice Through Legal-Tech in Indonesia
--- Justika is positioned as a key digital tool for better access to justice for Indonesian citizens   Access to justice in Indonesia Proper access to justice entails that a person facing a legal issue has timely and affordable access to the level of legal help that they need to get a fair ...
Justika - 14 October 2021
Danielle Snell (Elit Lawyers): "You can achieve professional fulfillment beyond your wildest dreams"
Danielle Snell launched with her former colleague Robert McGirr a new law firm in Australia, having to face the pandemic at an early stage of her project. She launched Elit Lawyers by McGirr & Snell when she was 30 weeks pregnant and what started as a small dream promoted by two people, in a few...
Álvaro Navarro - 14 October 2021
Freshfields UK launches a revolutionary measure for pregnancy losses
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has just announced an almost unprecedented measure in the legal sector: a two-week paid leave for anyone who has lost a pregnancy before the first 24 weeks.  This measure applies equally to all employees of the firm whose has lost the pregnancy or who has a surro...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 13 October 2021
Case study: how blockchain can make database use more dynamic
--- The Impact Lawyers interviews Mike DiPetrillo on the benefits that the use of blockchain technologies can bring to lawyers to make the use of databases more dynamic   1.      Have you had the opportunity to implement Smart Contracts in a company? Or any blockchain empowere...
Mike DiPetrillo - 13 October 2021
Is there a growing coaching culture in your law firm or company?
Abstract    In a coaching culture, in addition to enjoying the benefits of being coached, the skills of coaching can enhance the effectiveness of lawyers, leaders and managers and improve working relationships in professional and corporate environments.  Coaching has transitioned, in...
Chris Hadfield - 11 October 2021
Factors for hiring new lawyers
--- When hiring new lawyers, some essential qualities must be taken into account: Commitment, Soft Skills, Diversity and Technological Adaptation There are countless law firms that, due to their size or organisational structure, do not have recruiting professionals, and these services are outsourc...
Adelie Cordier - 11 October 2021
The multitasking lawyer: myth or reality?
--- The legal sector is increasingly demanding the presence of "multitasking" lawyers. Moreover, there is a demand for these tasks to be carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible Just as a professional who is able to perform several different tasks at the same time in the same day, t...
Editor - 08 October 2021
Can Law Firms Require Their Employees to be Vaccinated?
Brief Answer The answer in Canada is generally yes, but with a few important caveats: i. Mandatory vaccination policies should be consistent with the employer law firm’s obligations to ensure occupational health and safety;  ii. Reasonable accommodations must be provided to employees i...
Maciej Lipinski - 07 October 2021
The legal area is constantly reinventing itself: Use of social media, Legal Design and Visual Law
--- Law does not necessarily need to be formal, complex, dense and restricted to a single way of working. There is a huge demand for ease, publicity and engagement   The imposition that digitalization brought to activities that were essentially analog and that did not depend on technolo...
Ana Julia Vaz Guimarães Sampaio - 06 October 2021
Why it is Now Important to Provide Resilience and Hope to Your Team
--- The author emphasises the importance of teams having hope in difficult situations Last week, as I was coaching one of my clients, his situation got me to reflect. He had reached that state of hopelessness with what is happening with the Covid 19 Pandemic. I then remembered a story I read a few...
Brian Maphosa - 05 October 2021
US Supreme Court reopens Pissarro painting case
Judicial procedures allow different persons and companies to be pitted against each other in foreign countries. Ownership of cultural property changes hands, either by legal means or through extraordinarily unfavourable situations.  Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States has admitted...
Álvaro Navarro - 04 October 2021
The Future of AI in Legal Bill Review: Five questions with Wolters Kluwer’s Abhishek Mittal
--- Abhishek Mittal is the Vice President of Data Analytics and Operational Excellence for Wolters Kluwer’s Governance, Risk & Compliance or GRC Division He directs the company’s advanced analytics efforts, including the AI at the heart of its products and solutions. In the Q&A...
Abhishek Mittal - 04 October 2021
New tech and social order: a future-back reflection on the way forward
It was 1999 when David Bowie said with utmost confidence that “The potential of what the Internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable”. Back then, the internet was still at its early stages, yet Bowie’s prediction has proven incredibly accurate despite the...
Giorgia Vulcano - 04 October 2021
Legal Tech: the case of beLab
Abstract beLab is an alternative legal service and Legal Tech provider wholly owned by BonelliErede – the market leader for legal and tax services in Italy. beLab exploits legal technologies for contract and compliance management, e-Discovery, litigation support, investigations, KYC and third...
Alessandro Musella - 04 October 2021
Essential Guide: How to manage lawyer's mental health?
Mental health is a relevant factor affecting the professional life of lawyers. A manager or director of a law firm has to know how to analyse the motivation and health of his or her colleagues. The mood of any employee can seriously affect his or her work performance, which may not affect individual...
Editor - 01 October 2021
How to combine law with musical talent: meet Mwasiti
When you picture a Newcastle based conveyancing lawyer, what image comes to mind? Powerful popstar diva may not be the first but in the case of burgeoning superstar Mwasiti it would be spot on! Seeing her in her day-to-day career you might not know it but the artist’s latest single Your Love l...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 01 October 2021
Marketing AND Sales vs. Marketing OR Sales
--- The ongoing struggle between marketing and sales has changed and "qualification" has caused both departments to work in sync to attract customers through value Social selling is the new standard in the new normal. Historically, marketing has focused on features rather than benefits and KPIs fo...
Filippo Chisari - 30 September 2021
Understanding the Common Pitfalls of Purchasing Malpractice Insurance
Abstract Legal malpractice insurance is a necessity for running your practice, and yet most lawyers dread the task of purchasing lawyers’ professional liability (LPL). This article uncovers why the process for purchasing malpractice coverage is outdated, what options are available, and what y...
Brad Barkin - 30 September 2021
Chatbots - Legal friendly?
--- Chatbot technology is based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning taking into account that it complies with all data processing principles and regulations Nowadays, it is difficult to determine whether a natural person or Chatbot is talking to a customer on a Company's website. And n...
Anete Garoza - 29 September 2021
Choose the day you want to have a holiday: HSF's new policy
--- Herbert Smith Freehills launches a revolutionary policy in the legal sector, giving its employees a great deal of freedom to choose their holiday days   Can you imagine being able to choose between working on a public holiday and booking the day you choose not to work?  It's not a ...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 28 September 2021
Life in the Law
--- UK lawyer support charity LawCare has just published research into lawyer wellbeing during the pandemic. It is detailed and thoroughly practical    On 28th September 2021 the UK legal mental health charity LawCare released findings of its research study ‘Life in the Law’...
Angus Lyon - 28 September 2021
A Partner From Start
Meet John. He started working at a reputable mid-sized law firm in the United States three years ago and achieved a senior associate level. He is grinding out his hours, rarely experiencing anything resembling work-life balance. At the Firm where he is currently working, the average time to achieve ...
Marko Porobija - 27 September 2021
Baker McKenzie focuses on AI
Baker McKenzie has announced the next step in its AI transformation, by appointing two Co-founders to lead its recently formed 11-strong team who will be charged with combining the firm's legal domain expertise with data science and machine learning. Brian Kuhn, former Elevate Vice-President, and Da...
Editor - 27 September 2021
What is Privilege App? Learn about HSF's new in-house tool for in house lawyers
--- The Impact Lawyers interviews Alexander Oddy, partner at the Dispute Resolution practice of Herbert Smith Freehills regarding the launch of the new App focused on helping in-house lawyers   1. Why did HSF create the Privilege App? The idea to develop the web app was generated by positiv...
Alexander Oddy - 26 September 2021
Anja Ipp (Climate Change Counsel): "All firms should work to raise awareness of climate change"
--- The Impact Lawyers interviews Anja Ipp, co-founder of Climate Change Counsel, an innovative consultancy that raises awareness among lawyers about the importance of incorporating a climate perspective into their work   1. What is the main purpose of Climate Change Counsel? Climate Change...
Anja Ipp - 24 September 2021
Alfonso Everlet (Diferencia Legal): "The key is differentiation"
--- The Impact Lawyers interviews Alfonso Everlet, partner of Diferencia Legal, a new project called to completely transform the way law firms work and promote their work. In this interview he discusses such important issues as management, internal communication and client loyalty   1. What ...
Alfonso Everlet - 23 September 2021
How to launch a law firm in the midst of a pandemic. Interview with Tugce Avcısert (Avcısert)
1. Why did you decide to create this new legal project? After working in global organizations and top tier law firms for over 10 fruitful years, I have felt the courage to start a new chapter to provide legal services under my own roof, Avcısert Attorneys at Law. It was always my dream to run a ne...
Tuğçe Avcısert - 23 September 2021
Kanban Method: how to work in an agile, efficient way and satisfy your customer's needs (Part 2)
--- The second part of the original article Kanban Method: how to work in an agile, efficient way and meet your customer's needs is published   Applicability of the Kanban Method to the legal sector The Kanban Method has become exponentially popular thanks to its wide community of...
Lilian Mateu - 22 September 2021
Equality in the legal sector: HERoes Female Future Leaders awards Plaxedes Makura (HSF)
Law firms boast of policies that seek to promote diversity and equality. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) issues are becoming increasingly relevant in law firms and it is a proposal that boards of directors make on an annual basis.  On this occasion we highlight Plaxedes Makura, a lawye...
Joe Goodman - 21 September 2021
Marketing Law Firms During a Pandemic
COVID-19 has changed each aspect of our lives and each segment of the economy. Like other sectors, the pandemic has also disrupted the legal sector. Disruption provides a healthy ground for innovation and creativity. In response to the curveball thrown by COVID, law firms need to pivot their marketi...
Akanksha Bisen - 20 September 2021
Never lower your price - do this instead
We’ve all been there - we’ve had a really good scoping conversation with our client or prospect, where we’ve uncovered the main terms of the matter, we’ve told the client or prospect that we can do the work and we know they like us because they’ve laughed at all of our ...
Scott Simmons - 20 September 2021
From law to the launch of a DEI consultancy: the case of Jon Henes
Jon Henes, former restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis, has announced the creation of C Street Advisory Group, an innovative strategic consulting project focused on diversity and inclusion.  The initiative is aimed at companies, CEOs and boards of directors, as well as advising when a...
Joe Goodman - 17 September 2021
Insights on Legal Department Enterprise Modernization
--- Jeff Cox discusses the highlights from Deloitte's white paper "Taking legal department modernization to the next level" Transformation in the legal industry has and continues to be driven by client demand for more innovation, greater efficiency, increased diversity, and better use of technolog...
Jeff Cox - 17 September 2021
Online Arbitration: How Iranian Courts React?
Introduction Dispute resolution methods are now facing with some unprecedented times in the Covid-19 pandemic period. Since the trade cannot stop, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, including arbitration, are now being more and more conducted in online ways. Accordingly, more online hear...
Oveis Rezvanian, Kamyar S. Oladi - 17 September 2021
Lawyers and new client communication technologies: a difficult relationship or a game changer?
--- The technological revolution has forced lawyers to update their way of communicating from traditional to digital media to attract millennial clients   The legal market abounds in years-old legends that lawyers are less than eager to adopt new technologies in their work. First, they refus...
Natalia Mituniewicz - 16 September 2021
Laura Keily (Immediation): "Technology is also able to provide greater access to mediation and arbitration tools"
--- The Impact Lawyers interviews Laura Keily, founder and Managing Director of Immediation, an online dispute resolution platform that has recently collaborated on a project with the Northern Territory Local Courts (Australia) to improve access to justice for Northern Territory society   1....
Laura Keily - 16 September 2021
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