Commercial News Round-up: Competition, Carbon & ChatGPT
In our latest Commercial News Round-Up, our squad of commercial gurus, James, Aman and Lizzie, run through the latest news from across the legal industry. They cover CMA blocking the Microsoft purchase of Activision Blizzard, ESG and disclosure, and the increasing prevalence of AI.
November 16 2022
How to navigate hybrid working as a junior lawyer
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic was a huge catalyst for change. Two years later and hybrid working has become an established part of the ‘new normal’. In our latest virtual lunch event, we explored how junior lawyers can best navigate this new way of working. Take a read for our top takeaways.
September 14 2022
ESG: How can junior lawyers make a difference?
For our latest Junior Lawyer Lunch, we were joined by ESG experts, Simone Davidson, Head of LexisPSL Environment, and Simon Colvin, Partner at Weightmans. Here's a summary of their valuable insight into why ESG should be important to junior lawyers and how you can make a real difference.
June 8 2022
What is a legal hackathon?
Legal hackathons are growing in popularity, and more and more legal groups are exploring the problem-solving middleground between law and technology. We wanted to know more about "legal hackathons" so put your questions to the Manchester Legal Hackers. Read what they had to say!
May 11 2022
Here comes the Next-Gen: Flex Legal's Future Lawyers Report
Flex Legal, in association with the O Shaped Lawyer, are excited to release the findings of our Future Lawyers Survey. Conducted with 418 next-gen lawyers, this report records how they feel about the legal industry, and what change they want to see. Read the full report here.
March 22 2022
5 reasons for Junior Lawyers to join Flex Legal
Are you a junior lawyer who dreams about having a better life/work balance? A career which allows you to do the work you love, your way? Then moving to interim working could be the change you need. Here are our top 5 reasons to take that leap today!
December 23 2021
Our Top 10 Legal Films & TV Series
If you're isolating, recovering or relaxing this winter, Flex Legal is here to help. We’ve rounded up our top 10 legal films and TV series to keep you entertained, motivated and inspired.
November 8 2021
How can legal technology future-proof your law career?
As more and more technology roles enter the legal profession, the industry and its expectations are evolving. Tech skills are now essential, which means future-proofing your career is now essential. Read how you can future-proof your career now!
August 10 2021
How are in-house and private practice different?
There's a lot of key differences to working and training in-house or in private practice. There's a number of cultural differences between both, which affects what it's like to work in those environments. Read this article to learn which one is right for you.
February 25 2021
How Anthi works as a remote legal consultant in Greece
Anthi is a Flex lawyer taking full advantage of the remote working situation. Read how she gets the most out of the Flex lawyer lifestyle and works remotely in Greece!
July 13 2020
5 ways to empower junior lawyers
An accomplished leader of legal teams, Joanne has a wealth of experience spanning city firms, start-ups, charities and global companies, and a passion for inclusion and mental health. Sophie Gould, Head of Learning and Development at F-LEX, asks Joanne to share her wisdom and advice. In part one of this interview Joanne explains how she gives junior lawyers a voice to discuss risks and problems.
Inclusivity in the legal profession: practical advice for your team
In the legal workplace, inclusion is everything. Greater inclusion directly results in increased productivity, wellbeing, and staff retention. Our new report outlines practical steps to make your legal workplace more inclusive and effective.
October 11 2022
What does legal ops mean?
Legal ops is the latest buzz word on every lawyers' lips, but what does it actually mean? And why is it so important? We were lucky enough to recently be joined by Beejal Patel, Legal Systems Manager at Diageo, at our latest Junior Lawyer Lunch. Take a read of this blog summary to learn all about the rise in legal ops!
August 8 2022
Commercial News Round-up: Banks, Bonds and Busts
In our latest Commercial News Round-Up, our resident commercial king Jacob Darcy runs through the latest commercial news from across the legal industry. He covers the looming recession, the surge in the dollar, JD's sale of Footasylum and the effect of inflation on the bond market.
June 3 2022
How to hone your commercial awareness, with Peter Watson
For the last instalment of our Junior Lawyer Lunches, we were joined by the notorious Peter Watson, CEO of Watson's Daily. Here are his top tips on how to effectively improve and hone your commercial awareness.
April 13 2022
How to be commercial as a lawyer
There's a lot of theories about how to best be commercial as a lawyer, but no uniform agreement. In this Junior Lawyer Lunch follow-up blog post, we cover four of the best theories on how to drive positive commercial outcomes for your organisation.
March 15 2022
The legal industry's blame culture: what needs to change?
With 'blame culture', unreasonable pressure and impossible deadlines being seen across the legal industry, change is needed now more than ever. But what changes need to be made? For the latest instalment of our Junior Lawyer Lunches we tried to answer this very question.
December 13 2021
How Nathalie works as a remote lawyer from Mauritius
Nathalie came to Flex Legal keen to find a role which would allow her to travel and work remotely. After two weeks on our platform, we found her the perfect position as a Commercial Lawyer at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. We chatted to Nathalie to hear about her experience of working as an interim lawyer.
September 8 2021
How do law firms work as a business?
Law firms aren't just places where the rule of law is argued for, they are also businesses. Each law firm needs to operate profitably, and everyone in the firm plays their part in this. Learn how law firms work as a business here!
July 13 2021
How to use an athlete's mindset to achieve your goals
Athletes have mindsets that allow them to excel at high levels. Thanks to cutting edge research, we now know how to harness that mindset, and use it excel in non-athletic fields. Read the secret to harnessing an athletic mindset here!
October 14 2020
Key Skills Junior Lawyers Need To Succeed
We were delighted to welcome Sarah Hunt, Neil Campbell and Emma O’Connor as guest speakers at our latest Virtual Lunch in collaboration with LexisNexis and Crafty Counsel. Sarah is Head of People Development at Osborne Clarke; Neil is Managing Legal Counsel at RBS; and Emma is a Talent Development Manager at Dentons. The topic for the call centred around the key skills that junior lawyers need to succeed, with the speakers drawing on their own experiences to offer excellent insights to attendees.
The Junior Lawyer Lunch 2022 Digest
At Flex Legal, we absolutely love bringing communities of legal professionals together. Our Junior Lawyer Lunches are a great example of this, and this year we’re proud to have had over 1,000 attendees throughout our events. For anyone looking for a quick recap, here’s a rundown of all our sessions throughout 2022!
September 23 2022
The interim lawyer market: top skills in-demand
Thinking about making the move to interim? Or simply on the lookout for a new challenge? At Flex Legal, we have hundreds of interim opportunities with top legal teams all across the UK. To help you decide if going interim is the right move for you, we've pulled together this handy summary of our latest roles and skills in demand!
June 22 2022
Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunch Event: July '22
Book a place at July's Junior Lawyer Lunch Event. This is a continuation of our Junior Lawyer Virtual Lunches, which offer industry insights, professional tips and networking opportunities.
May 23 2022
Commercial News Round-up: Surges, Slumps, and Stagflation
In our latest Commercial News Round-Up, our resident commercial king Jacob Darcy runs through the latest commercial news from across the legal industry. He covers the private equity surge, the battle for McColls, "stagflation", and the recent rise in interest rates!
March 28 2022
Commercial News Roundup: Prices Pandemonium
Welcome to our first ever weekly commercial news roundup. Designed for busy aspiring or qualified lawyers who want to quickly get up to speed with all the latest commercial headlines, without having to search far and wide across a myriad of sources!
January 17 2022
Top 10 LinkedIn tips for Lawyers
LinkedIn is now synonymous with professional life in the legal industry. If you optimise your profile well, you can use it to attract new opportunities, roles, and connections without needing to search for them. Here's our top tips for LinkedIn Lawyers!
November 12 2021
Will the SQE affect diversity in the legal profession?
The legal industry is at its best when it reflects the people it serves. This is why law firms are being pressured to attract more diverse legal professionals, and the SQE will hopefully help solve that problem. But can the SQE meaningfully affect diversity in the industry? Find out here.
September 7 2021
How are UK law firms structured?
When you're a junior in the legal industry, it can be daunting to make sense of the hierarchies at work within them. Fortunately, we've broken law firm structures down into an easily digestible guide. Have a read!
April 21 2021
Mental Health and Wellbeing in Law
Managing your mental health is often an afterthought in the legal industry, but it's something that affects us all. On World Health Day, we invited LawCare champion Gemma Farina to tell us about mental health and wellbeing in law. Read what she had to say here.
July 16 2020
My advice for junior lawyers
Joanne Theodoulou is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Simply Business, the largest online business insurance provider in the UK. As an experienced leader of legal teams, we ask Joanne in part two of this interview, what tips to do have for junior lawyers starting their career in-house?