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James Joyce And The Legal Sector Myth

As the industry faces cost pressures and business interjections from outside – from the C-suite, from new technology and new legal service providers, from data and automation – we may yet see a new and greater symbiosis between these communities around what unites us, not what divides us. In my various conversations with leaders, I see a shared passion for “better” – not just for cost reduction though that is a consideration for every business. I see a genuine “fire” in the eyes for advancement in how we do things, the purpose it serves and the value it creates or adds to our clients. The future will come soon enough, as they say, and it will bring mighty change. Of that there can be no mistake. But on both sides of this discussion – and looking further afield into the growing array of participants – I see encouraging evidence of great innovative and forward-thinking individuals that will carry the torch and take the opportunity to champion “better”.

BULLET POINTS: FOLLOW THE MONEY

Just over a month ago, we raised a glass on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange to a full day of discussions and presentations on Cybersecurity. It was a suitably sparkly end to an otherwise very serious day. While Cybersecurity conjures up images of...

#CyberSecurity: Recent Attacks Demonstrate The Urgent Need For C-Suite Cybersecurity Expertise

On BULLET POINTS we feature a guest post by HPC Contributor on Cybersecurity, Chuck Brooks. This week the mainstream headlines have been brimming with news of cyber attacks impacting society and industry at every level. The legal industry could not escape the headlines and was dragged onto the front page – not as adviser but instead as victim. One of the largest, highest profile law firms in the world was snared by a broad-based cyber attack with severe consequences for day-to-day operations. Those who have questioned the relevance of cyber in the legal industry must surely now be coming around to the reality that no-one and nothing is exempt from attack. Only the right strategy, technology, awareness and people training may stand between attack and devastating consequences. Chuck knows what he’s talking about. We commend reading his article.

IT STARTS NOW. READY? A NEW SERIES ON LEGAL INNOVATION

We’re delighted to launch a new, exclusive series written by two leading minds in legal innovation, Lisa Culbert and Jason Moyse of Law Made. They’ll be looking at the road ahead for the modern legal practitioner and other participants in the legal industry. What does it look like? What are the new skills? Will yesterday’s niche career in tech and innovation become tomorrow’s mainstream career? All these questions – and more. We think you won’t want to miss this.

HIGH PERFORMANCE COUNSEL MEDIA GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS REFLECTING DEEP LEGAL INDUSTRY EXPERTISE

Each of the new Advisory Board members brings unique insights and experiences of the legal industry in their various capacities as clients, practitioners, founders, analysts, commentators, technology advisers, investors and media. They join world-class colleagues who have supported HPC since its inception – the resulting combination of intellect and experience is second to none.

ON BULLET POINTS: CYBERSECURITY – A LIGHTNING STRIKE IN THE LEGAL SECTOR

This week HIGH PERFORMANCE COUNSEL will be covering the 5th Annual Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute in Washington D.C.. In the immediate aftermath of a vast, damaging global cyber attack, it seems especially timely to be attending this most distinguished event. On any view, recent events are a wake-up call – a lightning strike that can’t be ignored.

CLOC WRAPS UP IN VEGAS. BUT THIS STORY WILL RUN AND RUN.

As the CLOC ’17 Institute wraps up here in Vegas today, many will reflect for years to come on how this was a turning point in people’s estimation of what this group is – and what it can do. This is happening. You couldn’t mistake the sense of momentum in the air and in the conversation around the halls of the Bellagio this week. The sense of opportunity and conviction drowning out even the twinkling slot machines on the floor.

Kinnear: A Decade Of Change In Law Getting Underway

The legal industry is embarked upon a decade of truly unprecedented change. Contrary to popular belief, it's only just beginning. The level of disruption we will see - driven by a combination of data, finance and a shift in consumer perception - will be substantial....

Nancy May: What is Diversity and Do Boards Really Care?

With this post, I'm probably jumping into a boiling cauldron of trouble with some people.  As most involved in some way with governance already know, there is a huge push, domestic and international, to recruit women to boards.  The topic of diversity on boards (and...

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