Morning Briefing: Rapid change creating a more dynamic legal profession

by NZ Lawyer04 Mar 2015
Rapid change is creating a more dynamic legal profession
Rapid change is creating a “more dynamic and commoditised” legal profession which will bring in new players but also see some leave. That’s according to a new study by legal process automation firm Zylpha. Its report on the legal landscape suggests that innovation and technology are becoming essential parts of the profession. Eighty-nine per cent of respondents cite cost control as the main concern for 2015 and although revenue is predicted to increase, so is competition. Investment in technology (78 per cent) and marketing to win new clients (74 per cent) are also high on the list of priorities. The report also concludes that lock-step is one of a number of practices that are becoming unsustainable in a changing landscape.
Are law firms ready for increased competition from non-legal services?
With more non-legal entities providing legal services a new poll has found that many law firms are ill-prepared to deal with the competition. Two thirds of respondents to a poll by InfoTrack/Chilli IQ say they are concerned by non-legal firms providing legal services and 25 per cent say they have lost work to such entities. However, two thirds also say they would not consider merging with a non-legal sector partner. The largest proportion of respondents (37.5 per cent) say they don’t know why law firms may be losing work to other entities, 26 per cent believe it could be due to better client management and 16 per cent suggest it is pricing.
Pinsent Masons hires financial regulation head from Addleshaws
Pinsent Masons has announced that it has hired the head of the financial regulation team at Addleshaw Goddard. David Heffron leaves Addleshaws after 16 years and will be tasked with growing the financial regulation practice at Pinsents. His replacement will be Amanda Hulme.
A&O named top law firm in Dubai awards
Allen & Overy has retained its position as ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the Islamic Finance News Awards. It’s the fourth year that the firm has won the accolade with the awarding body stating that the firm has “held its ground to retain the top spot by a comfortable margin.” Overall the firm won 17 awards at the ceremony in Dubai on Monday.