Top 10 articles for in-house lawyers from 2019

Top 10 articles for in-house lawyers from 2019

 

As we review the year, and look forward to 2020 and future planning, click below to read some of our most popular and stand out pieces from the year.

 

The following articles are featured:

1.  Aligning legal risk to the risk appetite of the business – Sophie Carter, Global Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Christie’s

2.  The future of work 2025: AI, automation and the legal profession

3.  The future of work 2025: Mobility, culture and the flexi-lawyer

4.  3 case studies for in-house lawyers

5.  Making a Difference In-House and Beyond – An Interview with the Anglo American and De Beers Group Legal Team

6.  Financial Services Trends to Watch – Q4 – The FCA power shift

7.  How to be a business partner - Richard Mabey, CEO of Juro

8.  5 Fintech trends driving the financial services industry in 2020

9.  Risk and Compliance update - December

10.  The Bionic Lawyer — Maximising value creation in the legal eco system, Rob Booth GC and CoSec, The Crown Estate (2 parts)

 

1.  Aligning legal risk to the risk appetite of the business – Sophie Carter, Global Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Christie’s


“As a legal department, yes we have to look at strategic direction…but we also have to bear in mind those fundamentals…reputation and client trust.”

More and more, the legal function has moved away from being a business backstop that is seen as overly conservative or a “non-business-minded” cost centre operating reactively to legal requests. Instead, in-house counsel increasingly take a far more proactive stance, work to add value to their organisations, are prepared to challenge at the highest level and actively shape how their business carries out its objectives. 

In this TED-style presentation, Sophie Carter, Global Head of Legal and Company Secretary at Christie’s speaks on risk and strategy and what those really mean to her business, the importance of alignment between legal and the business and the foundations needed to achieve this.

Aligning legal risk to the risk appetite of the business – Sophie Carter, Global Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Christie’s

 

2.  The future of work 2025: AI, automation and the legal profession

 

Advances in legal tech, workflow automation and digital drafting tools are fueling discussions among legal circles.

Without a doubt, tech innovation investment is accelerating at an alarming pace, with legal tech offerings starting to shape the way lawyers work, and new innovative tools popping up the world over.

What happens if we take a step back, and look further afield? What is the future of the workplace? More importantly, how will our job roles be affected by these changes?

The future of work 2025: AI, automation and the legal profession

 

3.  The future of work 2025: Mobility, culture and the flexi-lawyer


The workplace of 2025 will look very different to what we see today. As legal teams and corporates start to navigate the changes of the workplace, we are considering the lawyer’s role of 2025, and how the industry might be impacted overall.

In this article, we look at various other key components impacting the future of work.

The future of work 2025: Mobility, culture and the flexi-lawyer

 

 

 

 

4.  3 case studies for in-house lawyers

 

Case studies for in-house lawyers: Crafty Counsel, Juro and The Crown Estate lawyers.

Our in-house legal team have interviewed many stand-out industry professionals over the years. Read three of our most popular interviews on how legal tech and an open approach to technology can support In-House lawyers to do more with less.

3 case studies for in-house lawyers

 

5.  Making a Difference In-House and Beyond – An Interview with the Anglo American and De Beers Group Legal Team

 

When you work in-house for a company with global reach and global responsibilities, it offers unique opportunities.

Ambassadors for Good is a volunteering project that offers employees of Anglo American and De Beers Group the chance to use their skills to help the communities that need them most worldwide. It started in 2018 in the UK and South Africa and will go on to deliver projects in Canada and Brazil this year.

We spoke to members of the Anglo American legal team – Cecilia Ferreira (Principal Legal Counsel), Jonathan Hoch (Head of Legal: Commercial), and Andrew Donovan (Head of Legal: De Beers North) – about the project.

We explored what it  means to them and how legal teams can give back, as well as how it helped them build relationships and gain vital understanding of other teams across the business, as well as establish contacts on the ground in other jurisdictions.

Making a Difference In-House and Beyond – An Interview with the Anglo American and De Beers Group Legal Team

 

6.  Financial Services Trends to Watch – Q4 – The FCA power shift

 

As part of our sector-focused series, we have spoken with our in-house PSLs to outline the key legal trends to watch in Financial Services as 2019 draws to a close.

This article focuses on recent changes in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) regulations around the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR).  Additionally, the ramifications on FCA power of the August 2019 House of Commons Treasury Committee report: “The work of the Financial Conduct Authority: the perimeter of regulation”.

Financial Services Trends to Watch – Q4 – The FCA power shift

 

7.  How to be a business partner - Richard Mabey, CEO of Juro

 

‘Become a strategic partner to your business.’ It’s the universal aspiration for in-house counsel at the moment, but it’s easier said than done. If you manage to dig yourself out of mountains of paperwork and process, and find some genuine headspace, what should you do with it?

Here are five ways in-house counsel can transform from reactive, risk-averse lawyer to proactive, strategic business partner.

How to be a business partner - Richard Mabey, CEO of Juro

 

8.  5 Fintech trends driving the financial services industry in 2020

 

Fintech was initially thought of as just a ‘buzzword’ or a few small tech startups disrupting a well-established financial industry. It is now leading the financial services industry, resulting in large organisations adopting more and more fintech services and competing with smaller emerging companies.

This article provide 5 key trends as well as linking to a popular Fintech webinar for you to watch.

5 Fintech trends driving the financial services industry in 2020

 

9.  Risk and Compliance update - December

 

Each month, our Risk & Compliance team collate all the latest case law, updates and legislation affecting in-house lawyers on risk and compliance issues specifically.

They cover everything from AML, to GDPR, anti-bribery and corruption and information management and security.

Risk and Compliance update - December

 

10.  The Bionic Lawyer — Maximising value creation in the legal eco system, Rob Booth GC and CoSec, The Crown Estate (2 parts)

 

The Bionic Lawyer

A bionic lawyer is the solution to a toolkit, and in order to assemble this approach, you need levers. These are individuals or groups who aid entry into a market. At this point, Rob opened this out to the audience and asked, ‘Does anybody have a toolkit they would want dealt with in this way’?

 

Rob then went on to tell us about some of the early conclusions of the Bionic Lawyer project: centrally, that, with critical competitive mass and input, you can create a highly effective team. Some of the other conclusions are laid out below.

The Bionic Lawyer — Maximising value creation in the legal eco system, Rob Booth GC and CoSec, The Crown Estate Part 1

The Bionic Lawyer — Maximising value creation in the legal eco system, Rob Booth GC and CoSec, The Crown Estate Part 2

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Amy is an established writer and researcher, having contributed to publications, such as The Law Society, LPM, City A.M. and Financial IT. Her role at LexisNexis UK involved leading content and thought leadership, as well as writing research reports, including "The Bellwether Report 2020, Covid-19: The next chapter" and "Are medium-sized firms the change-makers in legal?"