Law Firm Management

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  • International Edition

    Consolidating communications

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | November 21, 2007

    What started out as a necessary upgrade to our business-critical telephony systems soon became an opportunity to achieve much more. In the past two years we have achieved 50% organic growth and, with similar ambitions for the future, our key business goals are improving customer experience and productivity while managing costs.

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  • International Edition

    Banking on experience

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | November 21, 2007

    Outsourcing is one of the major trends in the legal industry at the moment. Whether it is moving peripheral administrative tasks to a third-party provider or moving your entire IT department to a subsidiary in India, accessing low-cost workforces is the flavour of the month for the legal manager.

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  • International Edition

    Code comfort

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | November 14, 2007

    "Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; he who would search for pearls must dive below." So wrote John Dryden in 1678. And so, too, every solicitor makes minor mistakes in his day-to-day work - inconsequential errors and misjudgements. But so what, you may ask, if beneath the surface the client is getting the pearls of a first-rate job? And let us not forget that the standard is generally very high. Clients are, by and large, well served.

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  • International Edition

    Susskind predicts demise of lawyers in IT-led future

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | November 1, 2007

    Top business lawyers have played down talk that increasing commoditisation and use of IT will bring about the death of the industry, following claims made by leading technology expert Richard Susskind. The predictions come in Susskind's new book, The End of Lawyers?, in which he says the legal profession needs to undergo a significant transformation to avoid extinction. He argues that lawyers need to ask themselves what elements of their workload could be undertaken more cheaply and efficiently as "the market is unlikely to tolerate expensive lawyers" for work that can be better done by "smart systems and processes"

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  • International Edition

    The Bar: A fruitful search

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | October 31, 2007

    It is widely documented that web users are increasingly using search engines as a path to access relevant information. As more information becomes accessible on the internet, business people need a simple and accurate way of finding what they want. These requirements may be for research, for finding goods, services or even trading partners and suppliers. The internet has become an integral part of modern business communications and this raises the question of how much attention your business pays to ensuring that its content is properly accessible to search engines.

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  • International Edition

    Top of the pile

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | October 31, 2007

    You tell me that I am one of your key clients - you say your place on our panel of legal advisers is vitally important to your firm as it gives your people stimulating work, we add kudos and attract other clients to your portfolio and the volume of fees we pass your way is invaluable. You often say the words 'key client', but to be frank I do not know what this means to us. We have a number of advisers on our panel and it is often very difficult distinguishing between them. They all have the technical capabilities to do the work we need. A couple stand out, I suppose, because of the personalities involved. But my legal department does not feel any real loyalty or affinity to one firm. You cannot differentiate one in terms of service excellence and added value. And so I suppose that is why I find it strange when you say how important my company is to your firm. I do not have any 'key' legal advisers.

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  • International Edition

    The learning commandments

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | October 24, 2007

    Without good content, you cannot succeed. Targeted relevant information, pitched at the right level and directly related to the audience's work, makes good e-learning. At Lovells we tend to avoid most generic off-the-shelf content because, for us, one size does not fit all. Senior partners need different content from new graduates. Variation is also required by practice stream.

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  • International Edition

    The business of engagement

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | October 17, 2007

    Customer relationship management (CRM) in law firms has been the subject of much debate in recent years. Some 18 months ago I thought I was reasonably well versed in the subject. But my eyes have been opened thanks to a development project that has proved to be challenging and, in parts, frustrating.

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  • International Edition

    Hard evidence

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | October 17, 2007

    Lawyers have had to change the way they manage investigations, arbitration and litigation for their clients in response to rapid changes in technology. In order to best serve their clients' interests, lawyers in the UK will need to have at least a broad understanding of the methods and techniques available, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of e-disclosure.

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  • International Edition

    The right image

    By a:1:{i:0;s:1:" ";} | October 17, 2007

    Osborne Clarke (OC) recently introduced an imaging management system, in a drive to improve the productivity of its lawyers. The firm faced the challenge of maintaining full client records in electronic form, automating document capture, integrating the new system with existing document management and centralised faxing systems, while also aiming to improve print productivity and reduce print overheads.

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  • The American Lawyer

    New Boston Base of Womble Welcomes Three New Hires

    By Meghan Tribe | October 2, 2017

    Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, which by the end of October will become Womble Bond Dickinson following a cross-border union with former alliance partner Bond Dickinson, has brought on a trio of intellectual property partners from McCarter & English for its new Boston office.

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  • The American Lawyer

    King & Spalding Makes Second Splash in Chicago Expansion

    By Roy Strom | October 2, 2017

    Zach Fardon launched King & Spalding's Chicago office in August, and the former top federal prosecutor in the Windy City is already proving that the reputation he built in that office will translate to growing his new one. Patrick Collins, who spent the past dozen years at Perkins Coie, and Jade Lambert are now joining Fardon's team.

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  • The Legal Intelligencer

    Duane Morris Opens in Austin, Plots Texas Expansion

    By Lizzy McLellan | The Legal Intelligencer | October 2, 2017

    Duane Morris is expanding its presence in Texas with a new office in Austin, starting with two lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright and King & Spalding.The…

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  • The American Lawyer

    Role and Responsibilities of Practice Group Leaders

    By JOEL A. ROSE | October 2, 2017

    Ideally, the objective of defining the role and responsibilities of Practice Group Leaders should be to establish just enough structure and accountability within their respective practice group to maximize the economic potential of the firm, while institutionalizing the principles of leadership and teamwork.

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  • National Law Journal

    Jones Day Hires Bridge Political Divide, Wilkinson Walsh Adds a Partner, Manafort's Wrong Turn

    By Katelyn Polantz | October 2, 2017

    Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law hires and other Washington, D.C., legal industry news.

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  • The Recorder

    Big British Law Firm 'Two Birds' to Take San Francisco in 2018

    By Rose Walker | October 2, 2017

    Bird & Bird, a large British law firm that cheekily uses the marketing moniker “Two Birds,” is poised to set up shop in the Bay Area next year after relocating two partners from London and Milan.

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  • The American Lawyer

    Milbank Seeks Secretarial Cuts Ahead of HQ Relocation

    By Miriam Rozen | The American Lawyer | October 2, 2017

    Milbank issued a statement saying it would offer voluntary buyout packages to its legal secretaries in New York.

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  • The American Lawyer

    After Bad Press, When Should Law Firms 'Come Out Swinging'?

    By Lizzy McLellan | The American Lawyer | October 2, 2017

    It's not unusual for law firms to issue a formal response after they've been confronted with criticism, hit with litigation or stung by bad publicity.

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  • International Edition

    Hogan Lovells resets financial reporting in push for closer alignment with US arm

    By Rose Walker | October 2, 2017

    Firm posts financial performance for last eight months of 2016 ahead of reporting shift

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  • International Edition

    Allen & Overy boosts associate pay to £81,000

    By Rose Walker | October 2, 2017

    Magic circle firm increases NQ pay following strong set of results

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