Data page – January 2017

19 January 2017

The latest data page figures, compiled by Moneyfacts, are now available.


Iran: open door?

16 January 2017By Marialuisa Taddia

Iran is the biggest new market to re-enter the global economy in decades. But foreign businesses and their advisers still face formidable obstacles.

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Legal technology: a gap in AI

16 January 2017By Joanna Goodman

Artificial intelligence trailblazers in law firms must look to other industries for ideas.

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Planning law: shifting foundations

9 January 2017By Katharine Freeland

As the government accelerates planning reforms, solicitors are tailoring their services to accommodate what are often contentious changes.


Data page – December 2016

15 December 2016

The latest data page figures, compiled by Moneyfacts, are now available.

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Transparency of legal services

8 December 2016By Enid Rowlands

Small businesses and the public are still struggling to access lawyers – here’s what the SRA is doing to share information on prices and firms.

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Banking: legal challenges

5 December 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

A deluge of new regulation and disruptive technology are presenting banks with a range of legal challenges.

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Litigation funding: capital gain

28 November 2016By

Excalibur went against third-party funders on important costs issues, but the sector was delighted by Tomlinson LJ’s assertion that the sector is now mainstream.

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Cracking the New York legal market

21 November 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

The most heavily lawyered state in the US is a tough market to crack, but magic circle firms in particular are making inroads.

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In-house: where the buck stops

21 November 2016By Andrew Lewis

If you are ready to quit a career in private practice to take an in-house role, be prepared to ‘own’ your advice.

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Data page – November 2016

17 November 2016

The latest data page figures, compiled by Moneyfacts, are now available.

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Legal Geek and technology: new horizons

14 November 2016By Joanna Goodman

Legal Geek showcased London as a global hub for lawtech start-ups.

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Pro bono: a job for life

7 November 2016By

The range of pro bono legal work is vast and involves solicitors at every stage of their careers.

How to change specialiasm

How to: change specialism

7 November 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

Moving practice area or career sector can be daunting. But given persistence and time it can pay off, reports Marialuisa Taddia.

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Judicial diversity

31 October 2016By Grania Langdon-Down

We need a more diverse judiciary, so why aren’t solicitors, women and BAME candidates reaching the senior ranks?


How to: make pro bono work

31 October 2016By

Ahead of National Pro Bono Week, we preview of a free new guide to how solicitors can give something back.

Law Society governance review: next steps

27 October 2016By Robert Bourns

An update from president Robert Bourns on progress so far.

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Corporate social responsibility – community spirit

24 October 2016By Joanna Goodman

The reasons why law firms commit to corporate social responsibility vary, but what the best initiatives share is a focus on results.

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Data page – October 2016

20 October 2016

The latest data page figures, compiled by Moneyfacts, are now available.

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Legal tech: A technological arms race

17 October 2016By Joanna Goodman

As the nature of legal IT changes, how can firms use it as a differentiator?


Ukraine: Kiev's new revolution

17 October 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

Maligned as Europe’s most corrupt country, conflict-scarred Ukraine is tough terrain for advisers. But far-reaching reforms give grounds for optimism.

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Taking mental health out of the shadows

12 October 2016

As we celebrate World Mental Health Day this week, Elizabeth Rimmer discusses how to be aware of the main issues affecting people in the law.

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Commercial property: building work

10 October 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

Despite June’s Brexit vote, real estate lawyers are confident foreign investment will continue to be a lucrative source of work.


In-house: resourcing revolution

3 October 2016By Robin Saphra

Full or partial outsourcing of an organisation’s legal activity could be the next stage in the transformation of in-house departments.


Washington DC: capitol market

26 September 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

Washington DC is the ‘centre of the universe’ for regulatory work, which multiplied in the wake of the financial crisis.

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Education and training: take solicitors’ word for it

26 September 2016By

As ‘continuing competence’ becomes the mandatory professional development mantra, can the SRA just accept a solicitor’s pledge that they have put in the necessary work?

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Market focus: retail

19 September 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

As globalisation and digitisation transform shopping habits, law firms are marketing themselves as ‘one-stop shops’ to retailers.

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Data page – September 2016

15 September 2016

The latest data page figures, compiled by Moneyfacts, are now available.


A buyers' market: PII update

12 September 2016By Grania Langdon-Down

It’s a buyers’ market for professional indemnity insurance but practitioners must keep on their toes.

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Legal tech: upskilling for the 21st century

12 September 2016By Joanna Goodman

How tech-savvy do lawyers need to be?

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How to: set up a law firm

12 September 2016By

Establishing a new firm is a daunting prospect but help is at hand.


In-house: managing like a business

5 September 2016By Donny Ching

Managing an in-house team as a business adds value, but it requires a significant change in mindset and new ways of working.

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How to: do an MBA

5 September 2016By Grania Langdon-Down

With management skills seen as increasingly important for ambitious lawyers.


Data page – August 2016

25 August 2016

The latest data page figures, compiled by Moneyfacts, are now available.

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Briggs' online court: what is enough justice?

12 August 2016By Francesca Kaye

The law has a dubious history with large-scale IT projects. Will Briggs’ reforms actually work?

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How to: progress your career

1 August 2016By

The law is close-knit and getting ahead is about nurturing relationships that last.


Data page: July 2016

29 July 2016

The latest data page figures, compiled by Moneyfacts, are now available.

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In-house thought leadership

25 July 2016By Suzanne Wise

General counsel share common traits but working in the public and regulated sectors presents special challenges.

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Court closures: shutting up shop

25 July 2016By Grania Langdon-Down

Few solicitors and judges bearing the brunt of court closures reckon technology is any kind of panacea.

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Germany: town and company

18 July 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

Unlike the UK, Germany has several heavyweight business centres. So foreign firms hoping to crack the market need to know who they want to advise.


Legal technology: better together

11 July 2016By Joanna Goodman

How panel firms and in-house teams can use IT to collaborate; and risk-managing social media.

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PII special: broker’s view

4 July 2016By Steve Holland

Firms should start their renewal process earlier this year.


PII special: solicitor’s view

4 July 2016By Tony Roe

Niche firm principal Tony Roe reflects on how his indemnity renewal strategy has evolved.


PII special: computing the risks

4 July 2016By Alan Radford

The chair of the Law Society’s PII committee notes that despite a benign market run-off costs and cybercrime need close attention.


PII special: cybercrime incident response

4 July 2016By John Wooldridge

Buying a cyber-policy is not just about minimising financial loss.


PII special: overview

4 July 2016By

Solicitors renewing their PII continue to encounter a benign market, but their regulator has not given up on far-reaching reform.


Be an in-house business enabler

27 June 2016By Maaike de Bie

In-house lawyers must be able to operate comfortably in the grey areas of business uncertainty.


Education: will the SRA learn its lesson on SQE?

20 June 2016By Grania Langdon-Down

The regulator has delayed a decision on a new centralised ‘super-exam’ following a storm of criticism. Can it win over the sceptics?


Legal tech: innovation and legacy IT

13 June 2016By Joanna Goodman

Law firms won’t see the upside of new technology without rapid deployment, integration software and design thinking.


How to: become a professional support lawyer

13 June 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

The role of professional support lawyer offers a better work-life balance and opportunities for career progression are multiplying.

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