Category: Law Practice Management

Legal Roles & Opportunities Across Asia in 2019

As global growth rates look sluggish in 2019 with the well-documented slowdown in growth brought about by the Sino-US trade war, leading executive search business Aquis Search has announced in its latest set of salary survey & guides published in January this year, that despite some […]

Lawyers are from Mars: Marketing People are from Mercury OR the importance of cognitive diversity in law firms

“We always did feel the same we just saw it from a different point of view. Tangled up in blue.” Bob Dylan In preparation for taking on a new marketing and business development role at an international law firm (this was after I accepted the position […]

Barriers to funding arbitration in Hong Kong dismantled

Hong Kong’s lawmakers kicked off the process of permitting the third-party funding of arbitration as far back as 2013, even then recognising the anachronistic nature of the prohibition. It has taken nearly six years for us to reach this point, but from February 1st the funding […]

Elevate Acquires Cognatio Law, Launching Operations in Hong Kong

Flexible lawyering provider Cognatio extends Elevate’s global capabilities in Asia Pacific market. Law company Elevate today announced it has acquired Cognatio Law, a Hong Kong-based flexible lawyering and legal consulting business serving in-house legal and compliance teams as well as law firms across Asia Pacific. Cognatio […]

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and the Asia-Pacific Legal Industry

The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report for the Asia-Pacific region substantiates a “sense of growing maturity among the region’s law firms”. It goes without saying that major projects in the corporate world, particularly projects including parties external to the Asia-Pacific, call for legal expertise. As a […]

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Law As A Process: How Process Design Defines Value, Delivers Efficiency, and Drives Business Strategy

KorumLegal’s proprietary Korum Process Methodology (KPM) focuses on helping law departments “do more with less” by applying the best practices of Lean, Six-Sigma, and Agile methods to the delivery of legal services in the APAC region. Legal process management approach in North America vs APAC Legal […]

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The significance of Artificial Intelligence in unlocking innovation for legal practice

Almost all over the world, scholars believe that future business growth will happen only if data is being used intelligently.  The handling of significant volumes of data, the requirement of extra resources and the need of speed to conduct business has all helped increased the demand […]

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Litigation Funding in Asia – Where are we now?

Last year saw a swathe of reforms and proposed reforms in Asia in relation to litigation and arbitration funding.  In January 2017, Singapore’s parliament passed the Civil Law Amendment Act and the Civil Law (Third Party Funding) Regulations 2017.  Hot on Singapore’s heels, in June 2017, […]

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Legal Procurement Conference APAC 2018 set for Sydney on 24 July 2018

Hosted by the Buying Legal Council and Lawcadia, the event is a powerful platform for buyers and sellers of legal services to network and learn, share best practices, launch new initiatives, get motivated, and inspire the legal industry as a whole. The conference encourages dialogue, discussion and formal and […]

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Driving innovation in the legal industry

Introduction Emerging technologies are creating significant waves of disruption impacting economies, industries and societies across the globe. Companies are struggling to keep pace with technological developments, whether maintaining agile business environments to leverage advanced technologies or creating the right risk and compliance strategies to plan and […]

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Why Legal Practices Should Embrace Technology

Technology has changed virtually every industry, including the legal profession. New technology, cutting edge apps and software, and automation have all helped reduce expenses and drastically increased productivity. However many people are still hesitant to completely embrace technology, including legal professionals. Here are a few reasons […]

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Reed Smith and Resource Law Managing Partners explain the strategy behind their Singapore alliance

Reed Smith formed an alliance with Singapore’s Resource Law in 2016 to strengthen its local expertise and client offering of a one-stop-shop service, and to help it stand out amid a highly competitive environment for both international and local firms in Singapore. The alliance has also allowed the firm […]

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Today’s Lawyers Need Technology Training

Introduction Back in November, a group of people gathered in Hong Kong to brainstorm on using block chain technology in legal transactions. They discussed ethereum and cybersecurity, before debating the benefits and dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI). These weren’t computer programmers looking to create a new […]

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Asian law firms prominent at Israel’s 4th Foreign Law Firms conference

Israel’s 4th annual foreign law firms conference took place on February 26 in Tel Aviv. Organized by Robus Legal Marketing in association with the Tel-Aviv District of the Israel Bar Association, the conference brought together over 400 attorneys, with over 130 representatives from law firms around […]

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Stefanie Yuen Thio of Singapore’s TSMP Law explains how to build a successful boutique legal practice

Stefanie Yuen Thio is Joint Managing Director of TSMP Law Corporation in Singapore, leads the firm’s M&A and corporate practice and co-manages the firm. TSMP is regarded as one of Singapore’s handful of “go to” independent firms for cutting edge Wall Street work and was named SE Asia’s […]

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Innovating in-house legal in Asia Pacific

Peter Connor is Founder and CEO of AlternativelyLegal.  The Australia-based former in-house counsel conducts ‘Everything But The Law’TM innovation sessions for in house lawyers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  He recently delivered the keynote speech at the InHouse Community Annual Congress in Hong Kong to over 600 attendees on the evolution of the […]

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What makes Sports Law unique? An interview with Richard Wee

Richard Wee joined Kuala Lumpur-based MahWengKwai & Associates in 2016, where he  established the firms Sports Law Practice Group. Now head of Richard Wee Chambers, Wee is recognized locally and regionally for pioneering this niche, in this Q&A with Asia Law Portal he describes what makes […]

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5 Ways Big Data is Changing Legal Practice

Innovation buzz words like “analytics” “AI” and “big data” have been getting a lot of coverage recently, but how are they affecting the bottom line for law firms? Below are 5 ways that big data can build law firm value: Business Development Everyone wants to know what […]

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Key takeaways from the 2nd Singapore Law Firm Management Forum

The Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum took place Friday November 3, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore.  This year’s Forum focused on how non-legal professional in law firms can become critical contributors to firm strategies.  Andrew Barnes, President of Forum sponsor Australasian Legal Practice […]

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The Great Legal Reformation: Notes from the Field

The beginning of the Great Legal Reformation lacks the precision of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church, but upheaval in legal services delivery most certainly accelerated and gained strength with the financial crisis of 2008. Since that time, legal […]

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Lawyers: 5 Steps to Overcome Procrastination

Many lawyers admit that procrastination is a problem. If one can begin by admitting that it is difficult to manage time — this is a good beginning. Ben confessed. “Sure, I admit that I procrastinate in my law practice. When I am working on something difficult, […]

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Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum set for Singapore, Nov 3, 2017

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), along with the Law Council’s Australian Law Management Group, held its inaugural Regional Law Firm Management Forum in Singapore late last year.  The Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum is now set to take place Friday November 3, 2017, […]

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An Entity-Driven Approach to Legal Services

A crowded legal marketplace requires law firms to do more than just provide quality legal services If the propriators of Asian businesses from 1917 were to board a time machine (likely built by Elon Musk) and travel to 2017 they would be astounded by the massive […]

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): A new-frontier in legal services competition in Asia

In a news release issued last week – leading international NewLaw firm Axiom announced “the market launch of AxiomAI – a program that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the efficiency and quality of contracts work. As part of AxiomAI, Axiom will accelerate the use of […]

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What is Driving Change in Asia’s Legal Profession?

The famous American jurist Clarence Darrow once said, “The trouble with law is lawyers.” And, when it comes to changing the way lawyers and law firms operate, some of the speakers and panellists at the Legal Inno’ Tech Forum, which took place in Hong Kong in […]

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When will the legal industry have its Napster moment?

“I like to think (it has to be!), Of a cybemetric ecology, Where we are free of our labors, And joined back to nature, Returned to our mammal brothers and sisters, And all watched over By machines of loving grace.” Thus wrote the beat poet Richard Brautigan in 1967.  He was definitely […]

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The Impact of third party funding on Hong Kong as a centre for International Arbitration

As recently as 14th June 2017, Hong Kong became the latest jurisdiction to permit third-party funding in international arbitration by passing legislation to amend the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609). The amendment is likely to take effect later this year, giving time for a code of conduct […]

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NewLaw shows progress in Association of Corporate Counsel Australia 2017 Benchmarks and Leading Practices Report

The Association of Corporate Counsel Australia recently launched the 2017 Benchmarks and Leading Practices Report, an in-depth and extensive study of trends in the Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) in-house legal profession. The report also features 13 general counsels as best practice case studies and 4 […]

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Legal Innovation and Tech Forum to take place in Hong Kong, June 8, 2017

Leaders in legal technology from around the world are poised to gather in Hong Kong for the Legal Inno’ Tech Forum.  The Forum will take place at ESPACE in Central Hong Kong on Thursday, June 8, 2017 between 2 pm and 5:30 pm. The backdrop for this […]

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The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia

The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia.  Notably, the conference takes place as the IBA celebrates its’ 70th anniversary. Widely regarded as the central event of the international legal community’s calendar — IBA’s Annual Conference — as the […]

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Legal services disruption in India: Risks and opportunities

For those lawyers and legal services sector professionals about to gather in Mumbai for IDEX Legal’s Asia Law Firm Management Congress (ALFMC) April 20th – thoughts of legal market liberalization and change hastened by technology are taking center-stage. But what do these things mean?  And what […]

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First ever Asia Law Firm Management Congress to take place in Mumbai, April 20, 2017

The first ever Asia Law Firm Management Congress (ALFMC) will take place in Mumbai, April 20, 2017.  Presented by ThomsonReuters and curated by IDEX Legal.  The St Regis Hotel will be the conference venue. As LegallyIndia has detailed — the event will bring together lawyers from leading […]

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Malaysia’s Chief Justice and Bar President express support for NewLaw

Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said allowing more tasks to be done online – from online filing for criminal matters and appeals to online bidding on auctions – would improve accessibility and better serve the public. “The E-bidding system will make the process more transparent and […]

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How LOD – Lawyers on Demand is changing the dynamics of NewLaw in Asia

In the first multi-continent merger of its kind, NewLaw leading firms LOD – Lawyers on Demand and AdventBalance joined together in October, 2016 under the joint name and brand LOD – Lawyers on Demand.  As LOD – Lawyers on Demand detailed at the time, “the deal…saw the creation […]

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4 takeaways from the recent Singapore Law Firm Management Forum

The Regional Law Firm Management Forum took place September 29, 2016 in Singapore.  The Australasian Law Practice Management Association (ALPMA) and the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group jointly conducted the conference themed: “Change: Technology Enables, People Deliver”.   As Andrew Barnes, President of ALPMA, […]

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Regional Law Firm Management Forum set for Singapore, November 29, 2016

The Regional Law Firm Management Forum is set to take place at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore, November 29, 2016. Conducted jointly by The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association and the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group, the event is entitled: Change: Technology […]

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Why the future looks bright for online legal services in Asia

“Legal services utilising the internet and online technologies are here to stay”, according to a recent article by Peter Frankl in Legal Practice Intelligence. Frankl explains how categories referred to as “Online Legal Services, Online Law Firms and Online Lawyers are still nascent” — and that […]

AsiaLawNetwork.com launches online legal consultation service “Quick Consult” in Singapore

Singapore based legal startup AsiaLawNetwork.com has launched ‘Quick Consult’, a service which provides individuals and small businesses with easier and more affordable access to lawyers for S$49.  The service covers a broad range of legal issues both individuals and small businesses might encounter, including “divorce and commercial […]

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Janders Dean to stage unique #LegalServiceDesign Jam in Sydney on 27/28 July

Janders Dean will be running a #LegalServiceDesign Jam in parallel to the Janders Dean Legal Transformation Conference in Sydney this coming Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28.  First conducted in London last May, LegalServicesDesign Jam adds a new dimension to the Legal Transformation Conference by, […]

NewLaw expands in Asia with the addition of Hong Kong’s Korum Legal

As Australian legal commentator and analyist Eric Chin recently detailed, NewLaw in the Asia-Pacific is growing and its’ definition expanding to include alternative business models utilizing technology as a prime focus – above and beyond the traditional NewLaw secondment offer.  Too, a number of large international […]