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  • When women push back on stereotypes in marketing and advertising

    By Lisa Salazar (Lihsa) A UK study, Elastic Generation: The Female Edit, offers some refreshing insight into a woman’s perspective on advertising. Conducted by J Walter Thompson Intelligence, 248 UK women aged 53-72 were surveyed. For comparison,  276 UK men were surveyed, as well. Marketing to women Identifying this group of females as the “elastic generation”,...

  • Designing Lawyers

    This post originally appeared on the LexisNexis UK Future of Law Blog under the title Stealing the market: The degree that now has infinite value. Image [cc] – doozle On 17 October I saw Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean of the Northwestern University School of Law, speak at the ARK Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession...

  • Going Global – A Canadian Perspective

    Many believed that Canadian leverage was too high compared to US and UK firms, but the Canadian economy is stable, our lawyers are talented and the merger announcements keep coming. Until recently, the Canadian market has been relatively sheltered from major international mergers. Until Norton Rose merged with Ogilvy Renault as of June 1, 2011, and...

  • Mixed Economic Messages – From Across the Pond

    Image [cc] ell brown An article on a recent PWC survey of UK law firms caught my eye. So I dug into it. The title “Top 10 UK Firms Use Int’l Growth To Grab Huge Revenue Slice” gave me the impression these firms were doing well by growing in international markets. So the questions for me were:...

  • The Zero Scope Challenge

    Jeff Brandt shared a great video in a recent Pinhawk newsletter. The video was produced by Riverview Law, an innovative provider of legal services. The video, which I thoroughly enjoyed, is a conversation between lawyer and client about a fixed fee. As Riverview Law is based in the UK, so is the scenario. The client...

  • Elephant Post: If You Could Re-Brand Your Profession, What Would You Call It?

    Image [cc] James UK One of the questions that you may hear at a conference is “What would you do if you could start your department from scratch?” Well, this week’s Elephant Post question simply asks that same question. If you could re-brand your department or profession, what would you call it? Would it help...

  • Is Practice of Law Already Deregulated?

    Recently the Germans came out saying the Americans should align with them against the UK Legal Services Act (LSA) initiative. This caught my attention as I have been giving quite a bit of thought to the whole LSA issue based on a presentation I did at the ILTA conference. The presentation was actually not on...

  • NC Law Firms Becoming Businesses?

    On Monday I blogged about “UK Law Firms Becoming Businesses.” The thrust of that post was on how the UK is enabling their law firms to compete globally by removing the restrictions on non-lawyer ownership in law firms. Apparently North Carolina (NC) is considering a similar path. A Senate Bill introduced recently proposes they “Allow...

  • UK Law Firms Becoming Businesses?

    The Law Society Gazette reports that 30% of UK solicitor firms have already talked to potential investors about investing in their firms come October. Some additional stats from the article: “65% said they were ‘comfortable securing external investment from a non-legal investor” “Some 65% of solicitors said they would consider doing work with a non-legal...

  • PSLs in the UK – A Brief History

    [Note: This is part two of a three-part guest-series on Practice Support Lawyers (PSL) and the emergence of PSLs in the United States from our guest-blogger, Ian Nelson.] PSLs in the UK – A Brief History The PSL role first appeared in the largest UK firms in the early 1990s. These firms gradually built large teams of PSLs to...

  • Enter the Litigation Portfolio Broker

    In the UK, based on the Legal Services Act, investors can buy lawsuits from clients being sued. They then turn around and hire lawyers to handled the suit, typically on some sort of discount / success fee arrangement. This allows them to spread the risk of losing the law suit (and investment) partially to the...

  • Classics, The Kindle and DRM

    As a literature lover, I spied this story in the Financial Times: according to the latest news on the e-book front, HarperCollins UK is joining Random House in its protest over the deal between literary agent Andrew Wylie and Amazon.com to create electronic versions of 20 classics. Wylie’s classic collection includes Lolita, Invisible Man, Fear...

  • Capturing Knowledge: If You've Highlighted Everything, You've Learned Nothing

    Reading Patrick Lambe’s Green Chameleon post entitled “Memory and Infantilism” reminded me of a saying I heard in law school about identifying what is, and what is not important. Lambe discusses the total screw-up that NASA did with the Lunar tapes, and the UK police did in losing important files related to a horrific child-rape...

  • Censoring Social Networking: Can You Program Justice?

    We are watching the beginnings of the media giants taking over social networking. I got an inkling of this when I heard that LexisNexis, an online research service, bought Martindale Hubbell, an online legal directory, who in turn partnered with LinkedIn, an online networking site. Lexis has partnered with Chambers Global, a UK business that...

  • PSL SaaS

    Knowledge Management (KM) in the UK has meant something different than here in the US until recently. My top-line assessment has been that the UK gets the human aspect of KM and the US gets the technology part. We’ve both been working towards the middle with varying degrees of success. In the UK, the human...

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