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Insights into the Legal World of 2024: AI, Elections, and International Expansion

This article covers a number of topical matters relating to the legal world, including the unexpected announcement of an early general election in the UK, the rising importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in legal practice, and salary increases, mergers, and expansions in the legal sector. It also emphasises the growing interest of UK law firms […]

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The Final Act: Contemplating the Legal Landscape in 2023

2023 legal scene: law firm mergers, retail funds growth, private credit rise, international expansion, and tech in law. Predicted 2% legal demand growth in 2024.

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Private Credit: Strategies, Risks, and Rewards

Since the global financial crisis, the private credit market has grown, diversifying funding sources beyond banks and public debt.

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Retailisation of Funds

Retailisation of funds refers to the process of making investment funds, which traditionally target institutional and professional investors, more accessible to individual retail investors. This involves adapting fund structures, strategies, and marketing approaches to cater to the needs and preferences of retail investors.

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The Intersection of Growth: Law Firms, International Expansion, and Sovereign Wealth Funds

Saudi Arabia’s evolving legal landscape is attracting a surge of international law firms as they capitalise on recent reforms and the growing presence of sovereign wealth funds.

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The Evolving Landscape: Mergers, Workforce Reductions, and Remote Work Dynamics

The London legal market is undergoing significant changes, with mergers and cultural integration challenges, workforce reductions, and re-evaluations of remote work policies. To succeed in this environment, legal professionals should adapt, communicate effectively, and leverage their skills to navigate the changing landscape.

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Mental Health and Well-Being

The legal profession can be a high-pressure environment, with long hours and high-stakes transactions. Unfortunately, these demands can take a toll on the mental health of lawyers, leading to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

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D&I: The Journey Ahead

The legal sector is a major driving force in the global economy, and it is essential that it continues to evolve to stay competitive.

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Law Firm Mergers: Strategy, Rationale, and Impact

The number of recently completed and speculated mergers and acquisitions between leading law firms in London present an opportunity to reintroduce an interesting topic of discussion, one which focuses on the motivations behind these strategic ventures. It is also an opportunity to observe the impact on the lawyers within these firms.

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The Curtains Close: Reflecting on the Legal Sector, 2022

In the spirit of reflection and the dawning new year, this article casts an eye on some of the most significant events which have impacted the legal sector in 2022. It also observes some of the issues which law firms will have to grapple with as we enter 2023.

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DE&I and the Legal Sector

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) involves cherishing the differences among your employees while shielding them from discrimination. It focuses on representation, fairness, and equal opportunities for all genders, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, and ages.

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The Energy Crisis and the Legal Market

As the grip of the pandemic softened, and countries began to recover, demand for gas started to increase again. However, this could not be met due to a shortage in supply, causing gas prices to increase in 2021.

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ESG, COP 26 and what this means for Law firms

As we look back on 2021, we wanted to take the time to reflect on ESG and COP 26, and what this means for the legal sector as a whole. The most recent ESG market review published in November highlighted the surge in popularity for investment as well as how this became a trend throughout the entirety of 2021.

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Return to work: How has it changed?

With remote working being one of the most significant changes implemented by firms globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic, return to work strategies are a hot topic due to the conflict of opinions from Partner through to Associate levels across the UK and US.

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Salary changes within law what does this mean?

The search for the brightest thinkers has caused many London firms to reevaluate their salaries for entry-level and mid-level legal talent. This change has seen some US firms offering newly qualified salaries starting at £153,300, with some also including bonuses and better flexibility when working.

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Women in Law

The discourse on women in law has continued to evolve over the last few years, and although progress is being made, there are evidently gaps in diversity initiatives across the majority of firms who are looking to attract, retain, and promote women.

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Hybrid Working in 2021: What Have We Learned From the Past Year?

Over the past year, we have seen a number of challenges unfold due to lockdown restrictions and an economic slow-down, but we are positive that these hurdles have forced businesses to think critically about the future of work.

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What Does Economic Growth Look Like in 2021?

The global economy has inevitably struggled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however a worldwide vaccine rollout has provided light at the end of the tunnel. It has been incredibly encouraging to see the economy growing after many months of regression across a number of sectors. 

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London Partner Hires January – December 2020

2020 was a challenging year for all, and the legal sector was no exception. Although a lot of firms continued to work at a steady, or even accelerated rate, promotions and job changes plateaued.

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