Morning Briefing: Flexible lawyer services to come to APAC

International firm to bring consulting & flexible lawyer services to Asia-Pac… Revenue up 8 per cent at Clyde & Co as Asia-Pac soars… UK justice secretary calls for systemic reform and more pro bono…

International firm to bring consulting & flexible lawyer services to Asia-Pac
The consulting and flexible lawyer services of international law firm Eversheds is being rolled out in Asia-Pac this year. The firm has announced that its flexible Eversheds Agile solution will arrive in Hong Kong and Singapore during the next few months with a view to being fully operational by September. The expansion of the Agile service brings Eversheds Consulting to the region. The firm says it is now the only global law firm with a fully integrated international consulting practice.
Revenue up 8 per cent at Clyde & Co as Asia-Pac soars
Clyde & Co has announced its financial results for 2014/15 with an 8 per cent increase in revenue and average PEP up 10 per cent. Revenue topped AU$803 million with profit per equity partner at $1.342 million. The firm’s UK, North America and Europe practices performed well with steady growth and the Middle East and Africa also showed strong growth. Asia-Pacific saw revenue soar by more than 30 per cent for the second consecutive year with exceptional performances from the insurance and disputes resolution practices in Australia, and strong performances from Hong Kong, Singapore and China.
UK justice secretary calls for systemic reform and more pro bono
The new UK justice secretary Michael Gove has spoken about reforming the “creaking” system of justice in the country and how it might be reformed. At a speech at the Legatum Institute on Tuesday Mr Gove talked of using online innovations to cut down on formal hearings in a bid to save costs rather than make further cuts to legal aid. He also said that he believes it is fair to expect successful members of the legal profession to do more pro bono work. In response the president of the Law Society, Andrew Caplan, said that the justice system should be properly funded and that recent court and tribunal fees have restricted the ability of ordinary people to access the justice they deserve. On the issue of pro bono he said: “The legal profession is committed to pro bono and nearly half of solicitors in private practice average more than 50 hours per year. But pro bono is never a substitute for a properly funded system of legal aid, which needs skilled and experienced solicitors to provide expert legal advice to those who need it.”

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