An in-house lawyer’s edict when negotiating a contract is simple: “make sure our risk exposure is as low as possible” and of course, “let’s sign this as soon as possible!” How can a business translate its risk exposure into its contracts and how can the in-house lawyer facilitate the business with this? Practical Law Commercial’s … Continue reading Allocating and controlling risks in commercial contracts
I recently moderated a panel session on legal technology at the Practical Law GC Leadership: Leading small and medium legal teams event. The session focused on how legal departments can identify, acquire and implement the most suitable technologies for their needs. Here are my top takeaways from it.
This year’s GC strategy summit attracted another stellar audience. There were repeat offenders lured back by the anticipation of Portuguese sunshine (which unfortunately failed to materialise) and also many new faces. As the GC’s role continues to evolve and embrace ever more challenges, there was a lot of soul searching this year.
The international anti-corruption summit took place in London last week.
The European Parliament has today adopted the data protection reform package, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This follows adoption by the European Union’s Council of Ministers on Monday and brings the European legislative process to a close.
This week, a colleague shared with me a new white paper entitled Artificial Intelligence in Law: The State of Play 2016 by Michael Mills of Neota Logic. The paper looks at how artificial intelligence (AI) is being implemented right now in areas such as legal research, compliance, contract analysis, case prediction, and document automation.
When Practical Law began, more than 20 years ago, we had a simple mission that still holds firm today: to demystify the law and bring practical law to companies. A key part of that mission is striving to write as simply as we can, using plain English. When we took our standard documents to China, … Continue reading Terms and conditions apply!
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently published its response to the news that political agreement has been reached on a new EU-US Privacy Shield to replace the Safe Harbor. Most of what the ICO has to say will no longer be news to those that are following developments in the field closely, but the … Continue reading EU-US Privacy Shield agreement: the five things you need to know now
For the first time last week, a criminal court considered a failure by a company to prevent corruption under the Bribery Act 2010 (section 7) and approved the UK SFO’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA). The case generated such interest that the public hearing on Monday had to be moved to a bigger courtroom to … Continue reading Four lessons for companies from the UK SFO’s first DPA and first enforcement of the corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery
I recently attended the GC Leadership Series leading small and medium legal teams forum 2015. Dominic Bacon, Managing director of Squaring the Circle, one of the presenters of the first session of the day, remarked that a GC of an SME can be a very lonely role. However, by the end of the day, I … Continue reading GC Leadership Series: leading small and medium legal teams forum 2015
Recently, I participated in Practical Law’s breakfast workshop, The non-legal and leadership skills needed to progress internally. This workshop is part of the GC Leadership series and was led by Marsha Aldridge (Head of Legal at FitFlop), Keith Krasny (Director of Mindflint Ltd) and Erik D. Lazar (Director and founder of Transatlantic Law International).