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In-house lawyers “reluctant” to embrace technology

In-house lawyers have been significantly slower to adopt technology than their counterparts in business, according to a prominent legal technology innovator. Former in-house lawyer D Casey Flaherty, an advisor to Dentons’ lawtech incubator NextLaw Labs, said lawyers as a group were “reluctant” to embrace technology

May 17th, 2017 | No Comments »

In-house lawyers value responsiveness and understanding above price

In-house lawyers have ranked responsiveness and understanding of their businesses above price as the qualities they most look for when choosing external law firms. One legal counsel at an investment fund said he was “shocked at the poor service we sometimes get” and “often dumbfounded by the poor level of responsiveness”.

May 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

Major study: Some in-house lawyers find their ethics “under pressure”

Half of in-house lawyers face having to advise on ethically or legally debatable actions, while a similar number complain that actions are sometimes taken against their advice on “legally important matters”, a major report has revealed.

June 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

FCA asks whether senior in-house lawyers need its approval

The Financial Conduct Authority is to consult on whether general counsel and other in-house lawyers in banks, building societies and credit unions fall within its new accountability regime for senior managers. The FCA said some general counsel were concerned about being forced to disclose privileged information.

January 28th, 2016 | No Comments »

GCs urged to take control of process and technology needs

More than three quarters of general counsel lack separate budgets for process and technology services, despite exactly the same percentage identifying a “compelling need” for them, a survey has found. “To have a compelling need, but have no budgetary control is potentially ‘creek, canoe, no paddle’ territory”, it said.

January 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

In-house lawyers “bashed up” by Gove must consider compulsory pro bono, says head of GC 100

In-house lawyers, “bashed up” by justice secretary Michael Gove over the issue of pro bono, should have an “open debate” about making it compulsory, the chair of the GC100 Group has said. He was speaking during a panel debate to mark the start of National Pro Bono Week.

November 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Moorhead: corporate lawyers’ approach to professional ethics could be a “serious problem”

There is evidence to suggest that some of the largest law firms are making errors on the ethical approach of their corporate lawyers, while solicitors’ code of conduct is “hopelessly silent” on the problems of commercial practice, according to a leading academic.

October 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

Rules forcing local authorities to set up ABSs “risk privatisation of public sector legal services”

Local authority legal departments are being forced to set up alternative business structures by restrictive rules on in-house lawyers, leading to the “privatisation” of public sector legal services, the director of Essex Legal Services has claimed.

August 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Business services giant blames SRA rules for scuppering ABS plans

Peninsula Business Services, one of the largest unregulated providers of legal services in the country, has blamed Solicitors Regulation Authority rules for scuppering its plans to set up an alternative business structure. The company provides employment law, HR and health and safety advice to over 30,000 small businesses in the UK.

July 31st, 2015 | No Comments »

GC Hub aims to save in-house lawyers and law firms time and money

A former Addleshaw Goddard partner has set up a website to help in-house lawyers and law firms work together more effectively. Richard Fleetwood is working on GC Hub with the former head of legal at Rolls-Royce.

May 14th, 2015 | No Comments »