Legal profession needs sweeping changes says report

by Steve Randall10 Aug 2016
Legal profession needs sweeping changes says report
The legal profession needs to innovate, embrace technology and partner with other disciplines according to a new report.

Following a 2-year study, the American Bar Association is calling for sweeping changes of the profession and courts. There are recommendations for both the civil and criminal justice systems.

Fairness in litigation should be ensured through courts and there is also calls for alternative business structures to be considered in the US, opening up the provision of legal services.

“We must open our minds to innovative approaches and to leveraging technology in order to identify new models to deliver legal services. Those who seek legal assistance expect us to deliver legal services differently. It is our duty to serve the public, and it is our duty to deliver justice, not just to some, but to all,” commented William C. Hubbard, ABA chairman.

The report highlights the legal profession’s reluctance for change but also speaks of the “unmet need for legal services” which exists despite many lawyers, especially new graduates being unemployed or underemployed.
PwC Australia reports revenue growth, legal division strong
Revenue at services firm PwC Australia grew 11 per cent in the year to 30 June 2016. The $1.92 billion total was driven by growth in a number of the firm’s practices with the legal division increasing by 54 per cent.

CEO Luke Sayers said that the firm is investing in technology to deliver sustainable growth over the long-term. He noted that there are challenges ahead for the Australian economy but that PwC is in step with corporate Australia’s understanding of the need for innovation.
Global firm arrives in Singapore
Another global law firm has entered the Singapore legal market, expanding its presence in Asia Pacific as part of its expansion plan.

US-headquartered Nixon Peabody has offices throughout the US, some in the UK and two in Asia Pacific – in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The opening of its representative office in Singapore reflects the demands of the firm’s clients in China.

The office will be within the offices, and associated with, local firm Angeline Suparto Law Corporation.
Boost for energy & resources practice at Clifford Chance in Perth
Jessica Davies has joined the Perth office of Clifford Chance as a counsel in the corporate, energy & resources practice. She returns to the city after a decade in New York, London and Sydney.

She is an expert in the mining, oil and gas sectors, with particular focus on acquisitions, disposals, new projects, joint ventures, supply, transport, infrastructure and operational arrangements.