Linklaters announces cross-practice sports sector group
The rapidly-evolving sports sector is the focus for a new cross-practice group at Linklaters.
The firm wants to build on its experience of acting for sports clubs, governing bodies, and investors throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.
“The increasing scale and complexity of transactions and matters within the sector provides us with a real opportunity to expand our client-base by leveraging our already extensive experience in the sector and utilising our global presence and multi-practice capabilities,” said corporate managing associate Tom Lambert. “It is our intention to become recognised within the sector as a market-leading firm which advises and provides a full end-to-end service on the most intricate and high-profile transactional, regulatory and contentious matters.”
Lambert is one of the new group’s co-leads alongside corporate partner Iain Wagstaff, finance partner Julian Davies, and dispute resolution partner Tom Cassels.
The team will advise on a range of corporate/M&A transactions, financings and securitisations and sports-related contentious, regulatory and commercial matters.
Senior hire for Pinsent Masons’ competition practice
Pinsent Masons has hired a former practice group head from Taylor Wessing for its Competition, EU and Trade Group in London.
Robert Vidal is a highly-respected expert in his field with significant experience advising on competition law across a variety of sectors, with specialist expertise in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors.
"Pinsent Masons has a large team of lawyers specialised in Life Sciences & Healthcare who advise across a range of IP, transactional and regulatory matters. Competition law is a strategically important area of focus in the sector and Robert's appointment brings a deep specialism and expertise that will help our clients to navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environment," said Clare Tunstall, Head of IP and Life Sciences.
Clients would happily ‘meet’ with you online to cut costs
Lawyers working with B2C clients should ensure they have technology in place to meet clients’ communication demands according to a new report.
Most consumers are open to dealing with their law firm using online technology and AI, especially if it will cut fees.
The research from mmadigital found that 83% of consumers would prefer to deal with lawyers online to keep costs down and most would be happy for artificial intelligence to be a part of that experience.
Online beat face-to-face (55%) and telephone contact (27%) with perceived costs and a fear of ‘appearing stupid’ in front of a lawyer among the key reasons.
“It’s understandable that consumers who are approaching a law firm for the first time are a little daunted or worried about costs; therefore, opt for forms of communication that they feel more comfortable with,” said mmadigital CEO Dez Derry.