This month’s round-up of best practice management comment, features, and news from across the web includes articles on leadership at law firms, the launch of a new online legal service, phishing attacks, legal design, robot lawyers and more.

Why do so few law firm heads take leadership roles at rivals?

DWF’s hire of former DLA Piper chief Nigel Knowles is a rare example of a law firm leader taking a management role at another frim – but why are such moves so uncommon?

Legal Week 

Legal advice for £4.99? New online service launches with input from Macfarlanes, Withers and Farrers

A new online service offering legal advice for as little as £4.99 has been launched, with contributions from lawyers from UK top 50 firms including Macfarlanes, Withers and Shoosmiths. 

Legal Week

UK law firms continue to remain vulnerable to phishing attacks

In March 2016, research by AXELOS revealed that despite processing a lot of sensitive data, law firms in the UK were highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to lack of appropriate cyber resilience strategies.


Survive or thrive – promoting mental health across the legal profession

Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, says there is still significant stigma about mental health in the legal profession which stops people seeking help.

Lexis Nexis – Future of law 

Building a successful law firm – why being a good lawyer isn’t enough

To be successful at running your own law firm, you need to not only know how to practice law, but you need to know how to run a business – something that isn’t taught in law school and which lawyers rarely get much training on whilst practising.

Business of Law Blog (LexisNexis) 

‘Legal design’ aims to put humans at the centre of a tech-based future

Legal clients of all stripes need a human or human-like experience rather than technology alone and there is a key role for design to make the law work on a human scale, according to a leading academic. 

Legal Futures

Blockchain: How pizza can change the world

On Saturday 22 May 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, Laszlo Hanyecz made a revolutionary transaction: he bought two Domino’ pizzas for the equivalent of $41. This was the first ever purchase made using the digital currency Bitcoin.

The Law Society

Law firms fail to engage with BD and marketing

Law firms are still not getting to grips with business development and marketing despite pressure to improve profits.

The Global Legal Post 

 The robot lawyers are here – and they’re winning

It’s the rise of the robots and lawyers are doomed.


How fraudsters almost extorted €500,000, using only emails and phone calls 

Hijacking emails is part of CEO fraud in the legal sector. 

The Law Society