Bitcoin

Picture of a bitcoinThe rapidly developing area of Fintech has been hard to miss in the news and top company rankings over the past few years. Whilst this is seen by many as the buzzword within financial services, many lawyers I have spoken to are unsure as to; what the sector covers, how to get into it and what it’s actually like to work in such an innovative new sector.

A motorway sign with the words Vacancies next exit

A motorway sign with the words Vacancies next exitA couple of weeks ago I bumped into an old friend that I hadn’t seen for about 20 years (gulp). We gave each other a summary of our lives since school, including our current careers.

A lawyer using a wheelchair in the office

A lawyer using a wheelchair in the officeStatistics from the Disabled Living Foundation describe over 6.9 million disabled people of working age in the UK, or 19 per cent of the working population.

A child wearing large glasses in front of a laptop acting shocked at technology

A child wearing large glasses in front of a laptop acting shocked at technologyWhen it came to adopting email as a communication tool, lawyers took their time. Legal experts necessarily assign value to convention and precedent, and this seems to feed into their attitudes around technology.

A jigsaw puzzle of the EU without the UK. Represents it's decision to Vote Leave during Brexit?

A jigsaw puzzle of the EU without the UK. Represents it's decision to Vote Leave during Brexit?When we entertain the question of just what the effects of Brexit will be, what comes to mind most easily is the impact on ourselves, our work, our families.

House prices vary under uncertainty after Brexit 2016

House prices vary under uncertainty after Brexit 2016June's referendum result triggered a drop in confidence and investor demand in UK commercial property, according to figures published by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

The LinkedIn App launched on a tablet next to a cup of coffee

The LinkedIn App launched on a tablet next to a cup of coffeeLaunched four years before the iPhone in 2003, LinkedIn describes itself as the world's largest professional network, with over 430 million members.

2 men and 3 women waiting in line for a job interview

2 men and 3 women waiting in line for a job interviewThere has been much talk over the last few years over the UK's skills shortage, and particularly in light of London's burgeoning supply of professional roles.

A busy lawyer sat at their desk trying to do multiple tasks after Brexit

A busy lawyer sat at their desk trying to do multiple tasks after BrexitNotwithstanding the real and apparent turmoil (or opportunity, depending on your perspective), Brexit has made lawyers quite busy: there has been substantially more work since the referendum vote.

The Lipstick Building, a 183m tall skyscraper in New York City, USA where Latham & Watkins have an office on the 25th floor.

Sunset over Greenwich Hill and Canary Wharf in London.all changed, changed utterly: a terrible beauty is born
W.B. Yeats, Easter 1916
Yeats wrote these words exactly one hundred years ago in an entirely different context, yet they retain a certain poignancy for today's commercial law firms.

Boxing gloves with both the EU flag and the British Flag on, signifying a post-Brexit world.

Boxing gloves with both the EU flag and the British Flag on, signifying a post-Brexit world. The forty-nine per cent of British citizens who voted to remain in the European Union are being forced to parse the consequences of an exit (and so is everyone else, of course). Legal professionals among this group are necessarily asking questions about the UK legal services market's continuity.

Graduates celebrating graduation

Graduates celebrating graduationIn the business of law, clients are perennially looking for lawyers who offer the most value for money. Some graduates and aspiring lawyers will find they are called upon to be possessed of skills beyond their traditional training in order to get the positions they are after.

Signing a legal document

Signing a legal documentVirtual firms, or contract law firms, have been established in the US for several years at this point, and their presence is becoming more commonplace in the UK. This relatively new model offers more flexibility and lower overheads than traditional approaches to instructing legal teams.

Recent activity in Law firm mergers

Mergers have been a sort of default strategy for partnerships unmoved by alternatives – or rather moved by the prospect of enhancing cash flow. It is a trend that persists, with a number of London-headquartered firms looking for opportunities.

Why are Law Firms still talking about mergers?

Earlier this year when it was reported that the UK's Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Miami's Greenberg Traurig were in talks over a potential merger, it seemed to fit. Both firms have thriving real estate practices and transatlantic ambitions. It could have represented the first UK/US merger since Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013. In the event the firms let the discussions fall away for an eminently sensible reason; Lisa Mayhew, managing partner at BPL explained that 'basically we could not find enough common ground'.

The london skyline showing commercial landmark properties

2014 was a golden year for the London property market and this in turn was good news for commercial property lawyers. Furthermore, despite some short-term uncertainty, the weight of sentiment suggests that the good times will continue through 2015 and 2016. Given this market uptick now is the time, if you are a commercial property lawyer, to explore your career options further.