I recently moderated a discussion as part of The Lawyer’s Smarter Working Week that focused on how lawyers can improve their existing processes to help them work more efficiently. The group were driven by a desire to prove their legal teams as proactive value creators and use technology to provide metrics that demonstrate their value … Continue reading Smarter Working Week: how to make efficiency gains
Episode 95 of the Hearing is now available. Here at Hearing HQ, we love to hear the real life stories of the people who make up the legal industry. And it’s been a pleasure to speak to Julie Jaggin, from Howard Kennedy, about her career and experiences as a lawyer with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), … Continue reading The Hearing podcast: ep.95, Julie Jaggin (Howard Kennedy)
Episode 92 of the Hearing is now available. February was US Black History Month and to celebrate we have a special episode featuring the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). Our guest host, Thomson Reuters’ Chief Legal Officer, Thomas Kim sits down with the LFAA’s co-founders, Brenna DeVaney and Kiisha Morrow. As you will hear, Brenna … Continue reading The Hearing: ep.92, Law Firm Antiracism Alliance
Episode 91 of the Hearing is now available. In this episode, Yasmin goes back to school to meet the dean of BPP University Law School, Jo-Anne Pugh. They discuss what legal education is like for students who are at the beginning of their careers, and how the learning is evolving to fit (and indeed informing) … Continue reading The Hearing: ep.91, Jo-Anne Pugh (BPP University Law School)
Yesterday I met with Jenny Block (General Counsel at Ofwat) and Chris Fowler (General Counsel Technology at BT Group plc) ahead of a Centre for Legal Leadership webinar on 23 February 2022. Chris and Jenny plan to discuss how the in-house lawyer can ensure that they are involved in the most legally significant areas of their … Continue reading What does it take to be an ‘influential’ in-house lawyer?
Episode 90 of the Hearing is now available. During the last week of May 2021, significant gains were made in the battle against climate change. In this episode, Becky Annison talks to Mark van Baal, the founder of the international pressure group Follow This, about what happened. Was this the beginning of a sea-change that … Continue reading The Hearing: ep.90, Mark van Baal (Follow This)
Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence has launched its 13th annual survey on the cost of compliance for regulated firms in the financial services industry. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence and results will be displayed anonymously. The results will form part of a special report on the cost of compliance, which will be … Continue reading 13th annual cost of compliance survey
Need to keep on top of EU law developments as they unfold? Need information on the best business vehicle to use in the Netherlands? Want to know how to set up a partnership or acquire a business in a France or Spain? Verify the execution requirements for your counterparty in Ireland or find out where … Continue reading Join us for a live briefing on Practical Law’s EU and Europe materials
Join me on 14 December 2021 for a live webinar. I’ll be talking to selected experts from across Practical Law’s editorial team as they look back on 2021 and ahead to 2022. We’ll be talking about key developments in ESG, data privacy, employment and compliance and what to look out for on the horizon. Meet the … Continue reading Year-in-review discussion with your Practical Law editors
It can be easy for corruption risk to be put on a back burner as workplaces reopen and organisations get back to business at least partially onsite. A year of slow, or no, growth can pressure everyone from the top down of an organisation to focus purely on accounts receivable. But a wise General Counsel … Continue reading To mitigate threats, GCs need to focus on corruption risk as offices reopen
Episode 78 of the Hearing is now available. Question: What do the Iranian national football team, NFTs, Hotel Rwanda and Andy Murray have in common? Answer: Stevie Ghiassi, Co-founder of Legaler and Legaler Aid. And Joe’s guest this week! In this episode, Stevie chats to Joe about his unlikely journey from running a chain of … Continue reading The Hearing podcast: Ep.78, Stevie Ghiassi (Legaler)
Episode 77 of the Hearing is now available. We, along with the rest of the legal industry, have talked at length about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on our profession. But this time we concern ourselves not with the efficiencies of machine learning and automation, but instead with potential injustice and the need for vigilance … Continue reading The Hearing podcast: Episode 77, The impact of AI and algorithms on the fairness of our justice systems
Episode 76 of the Hearing is now available. Yasmin’s guest this week hardly needs introduction – we’re speaking to feminist icon Laura Bates. Laura is founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, a catalogue of day-to-day instances of sexism and gender inequality.
A useful analogy can be drawn between the negotiation and execution of a contract, where the output is an executed contract, and the manufacture of an object, such as a car, where the output is a finished product. In a contract negotiation, the other party stands in the place of the customer for the finished … Continue reading Playbooks facilitate change in a changing world
The word “playbook” is a relatively recent addition to the contract drafting lawyers’ lexicon. It stands twitching nervously in the crowded room, wondering if it belongs, gazing reverently at established members like “representations” and “liability” or long-standing, if exotic, old-timers like “mutatis mutandis”. Relative newbies like “process” and “technology” are asserting themselves but “playbooks” are … Continue reading Who needs a playbook anyway?