Forget AI, EI could revolutionise the legal profession

by Steve Randall11 Sep 2017
Forget AI, EI could revolutionise the legal profession
With mental health and substance abuse a growing concern within the legal profession a new book says lawyers must understand their emotions.

Author Ronda Muir says lawyers and law firms should develop the four critical components of emotional intelligence (EI) and reap the rewards of healthier, more productive and smarter lawyers.

The keys to EI are recognising one's own and others' emotions; being emotionally empathic; understanding how emotions evolve and affect behaviour; and knowing the best strategies for managing emotions.

Muir, the founder of Law People Management, says the legal profession should follow business & the medical profession in recognising that emotional intelligence is more important than IQ in producing superior individual and organisational performance.

Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence is published by the American Bar Association.

Belt and Road disputes could surge says Herbert Smith Freehills
Asia could see a boom in disputes involving China’s Belt and Road initiative according to Herbert Smith Freehills global head of disputes.

Justin D'Agostino who is also the firm's Asia and Australia managing partner will join a panel discussion in Hong Kong today (11th Sept) to discuss the city’s role as a key location for dispute resolutions.

"Asia, in particular through Hong Kong and Singapore, has extensive connections with world-class arbitrators and legal professionals, giving companies the opportunity to effectively avoid and manage the legal risks arising from Belt and Road initiatives,” he says. “Furthermore, both cities have adopted disputes technology and data-driven decision-making capabilities making them the ideal centres in Asia for resolving disputes."

Global firm extends CEO term to 2020
Steve Immelt, global CEO of Hogan Lovells partnership will continue in the role for an extra two years.

The firm announced the extension of Immelt’s term along with that of deputy CEO David Hudd. Both took up their roles in July 2014.

“The Board and partnership felt that Steve, with the support of David, would continue to provide the strength and consistency of leadership needed to help us deliver a world-class business through a confident strategy,” said Nicholas Cheffings, Chair of Hogan Lovells.

Nordic expansion for international firm
Osborne Clarke has opened a new office in Sweden as part of the firm's strategy to grow its presence across Europe.

“Not only is Sweden the third most active M&A market in Europe and growing faster than most other European economies, it’s a key market for many of our core sector clients,” said international CEO Simon Beswick.

The Swedish office follows the opening of Osborne Clarke's mainland China office and the admitting of Zheng Yu & Partners to its international network.