Category Archives: Blogs

The silence is deafening: India’s Awakening

We are surprised not to have seen more of the news arising from India recently in our legal press. Although this lack of interest may be understandable, due to the number of ‘false dawns’ of the liberalisation of the Indian legal market, if news from India is to be believed (and our sources on the […]

GUEST BLOG: Lawyers and Mental Health Problems – are too many heads in the sand?

This week we feature a blog by guest commentator Richard Martin, head of mental health awareness training at Byrne Dean. Following a 20 year employment law career, Richard discusses the mental health risks associated with the sector, and how this can be better understood and addressed by individuals and firms. Please share to further the […]

Being Bold for Change: The clients tackling gender inequality

With International Women’s Day celebrated across the globe on Wednesday, the legal press has been awash with articles, interviews and opinion pieces about how gender equality can be increased in law. The majority of these profiled the women who had made it to the top, as practice area leaders or managing partners, but did not […]

Career Progression within Law Firms

Law firms traditionally operated a simple quid pro quo dynamic whereby young lawyers were expected to devote years of their professional life in exchange for the estimable carrot of partnership. Trainees joined prestigious firms following a rigorous selection process which conditioned their mind-set from the very beginning – “I am and will continue to be […]

Partner Promotions – Insights into 2016 Legal Market Trends

I’m almost at the end of my work experience at Fides Search, and after a week I have developed a detailed insight into the UK legal market. Currently in the process of applying to university to study Law, naturally I had to look into the trends associated with this year’s partner promotion rounds to have […]

The Secret to Gaining Business-Side Support as a Compliance Professional

Support. We all need it, one way or another, but within Compliance it is one of the key requirements we hear most often. Sometimes there is a lack of it, but in recent times and especially now as we face an uncertain “de-coupling” from the European Union the benefits of support hold great significance and […]

Collaboration: The Vital Ingredient to Law Firm Success

‘‘Cooperative arrangement in which two or more parties work jointly towards a common goal.” – Definition of collaboration, Business Dictionary website The need for successful collaboration in the delivery of legal services is crucial. Whether this is relating to collaboration between peers, within differing layers of a firm’s hierarchy or between lawyers and non-lawyers, those who […]

Too Fast to Fail: A Snapshot of High Frequency Trading

High Frequency Traders (HFT) have largely lived in the underbelly of Financial Services, operating in a rare and often complicated world performing trades at speeds the human brain will never match. Regulators and governing bodies have not had the capability or the resource to fully understand and grasp these complex business models, which includes Hedge […]

The Evolution of Law as Business

Adapt to survive. Adapting and embracing change is essential to remain competitive and survive in the legal services provider marketplace. With greater expectation from clients for ‘value added services’, alternative pricing structures and wider competition in the market from other law firms, the Big four and agile legal service providers, law firms must adapt to […]