Big news in the alternative legal service provider and legal tech markets:
Here’s what’s trending in the legal industry: (1) law firms struggle to compete with alternative legal service providers, (2) 6 skills to get an in-house position, (3) law department workloads are increasing, (4) how not to piss off clients, (5) take advantage of any opportunity to grow, and much more!
Last month, Axiom, an alternative legal service provider, filed a draft registration statement with the SEC to hold an initial public offering of shares of stock. This is a big deal in the legal industry. Law firms are not able to be publicly traded in the U.S. as ethical rules prohibit ownership of a law firm by non-lawyers. This limits the ability of law firms to raise capital. The ability of an alternative legal service provider to raise capital by selling its shares of stock on stock exchange is a real competitive advantage.
Innovation in the legal industry isn’t limited to just technology. It takes many forms. A recent post by Roy Strom in the American Lawyer titled “Are Lawyers Ready to be Managed by Metrics?” and our April 3rd Nimble Legal Innovation Forum in Cleveland got me thinking about all the different ways innovation is taking hold in the legal industry. There will always be detractors because as Roy Strom wrote the “Legal Industry is painfully slow to adopt major changes, and lawyers often say work can’t be easily categorized or simplified.” The reality is major change is happening right in front of us and if you’re not paying attention you’ll get passed by. Here are 5 forms of Legal Innovation:
Law firms are increasingly turning to alternative legal service providers (or law companies) for strategic business reasons according to a new report by Thomson Reuters “Alternative Legal Service Providers 2019: Fast Growth, Expanding Use and Increasing Opportunity”.
Here’s what’s trending in the Legal Industry: (1) Best Legal Blog Posts of 2018, (2) Hot Market for Legal Operations, (3) Leveraging Artificial Intelligence, (4) Smart Contracts, (5) 2019 Legal Market Outlook, (6) Underpaying Associates, (7) 20 Most Important Legal Tech Developments of 2018, and more!
With 2018 winding down we are reflecting on what a great year 2018 was! We’ll have a bigger announcement soon but our Blog recently won The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog for the Legal Tech category! We’ve heard the “12 Days of Christmas” repeatedly this month so as 2018 comes to a close here are Nimble’s Top 12 Blog Posts from 2018:
Why law firms have left consulting to accounting firms over the last few decades is a mystery. Accounting firms quickly moved up the value chain and are viewed by clients as strategic partners leaving law firms behind. But Law Firms really should get into the consulting business as evidenced by the fact this morning’s news from thelawyer.com that Eversheds Sunderland’s consulting business brought in over GBP 26 million ($33 million) in 2017.
On September 26th at TalentLaunch in suburban Clevelad, we gathered 9 legal industry thought leaders (in-house counsel, law firm partners, law firm CFOs, and Plante Moran’s law firm practice partner) to discuss the pressures law departments and law firms face and how they can work together better. In attendance were various General Counsels, in-house counsels, Managing Partners of law firms, law firm pricing analysts, and members of various alternative legal service providers and legal technology companies.
Here are the highlights:
Today's announcement that EY acquired Riverview Law has been bouncing around my head all day and I've finally figured out why. This acquisition along with 3 other 2018 New Law transactions have legitimized New Law.