For our report Continental Shift: Navigating the Brexit transition, we have gathered insights and commentary from a range of experts on key developments following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, focusing on some of the frequently asked questions on the transitional arrangements and key transition workstreams including implementation of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, negotiation of the future UK-EU relationship, and domestic policy, legislation and preparation for the legal landscape beyond Brexit. As part of LexisNexis’ ongoing Brexit coverage, this report provides a helpful update on the key legal and practical issues, highlighting useful information and materials to help lawyers navigate the Brexit transition and prepare for legal changes on the horizon.
Produced in partnership with Robert Mowbray of Taylor Mowbray LLP As we know, times are changing. Clients are more demanding. They're better informed. And they're very price-sensitive. Virtually every partner you talk to will tell you stories of how their long-standing clients suddenly started to say 'we need to discuss fees' or 'could you be more innovative or creative with your fee proposals?' Unfortunately, solicitors are not used to this pressure and tend to offer large discounts too quickly. What are alternatives to lawyers charging by the hour? Surely there is a satisfactory middle ground where both the client and the solicitor can be happy?
In the last few months, many legal teams and law firms have adopted agile working policies, which has led to fee earners and other employees increasingly working from home or at least on a more flexible schedule. Most lawyers are, by and large, able to carry on with their work remotely, as long as they have the right tools (such as, a laptop, smartphone, access to a secure online practice management or case management system and so on). However, working away from the office comes with various risk and compliance issues which must be addressed, not least health and safety implications. This article will provides useful and practical tips on how to reduce risk and ensure compliance while your team work from home.
Is the overall effect of Covid-19 as bad as feared? What impact will the crisis have on ways of working, operational models and innovation? How can the legal industry rebound? Every year, LexisNexis conducts a flagship research study looking at independent law firms, as part of our well-known Bellwether Report Series. This year, without a doubt, our focus was clearly and squarely on the impact of the pandemic, conducting our study a month or two after the crisis first hit the UK. As a result of this, our study, Bellwether 2020: COVID-19 and the Legal Industry, perhaps gives a slightly different view on the pandemic. Our findings show that confidence is higher than once expected – but is this more a sign of complacency, rather than positivity?