Legal analytics is driving business and better lawyers…

NRF global antitrust head takes regional leadership role… Global firm ensures nothing is overlooked in viewing platform case…

Legal analytics is driving business and better lawyers…

Legal analytics is driving business and better lawyers
Law firms and individuals are adopting legal analytics to become better at law and business.

A survey by LexisNexis found that 70% of large law firms are using legal analytics tools - to mine available data from past cases for example - to help improve their knowledge, drive efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage.

Of the firms that are using analytics, 90% say the technology makes them better lawyers, and 92% plan to increase use over the next year.

But among those firms that are not using the technology, there is still strong sentiment with almost three quarters saying it would help them gain competitive insights and around 7 in 10 saying it would help them to pursue new business, and the same share believing it would help them make pricing decisions.

Among other findings:

  • 81% of users say legal analytics use is encouraged or looked upon favorably by clients
  • 57% of all respondents believe it’s important for their firm to provide access to legal analytics
  • 79% of users say legal analytics will foster new skillsets and create new roles for legal professionals
  • 74% of users feel legal analytics should be taught in law school
  • Among firms that do not utilize legal analytics, respondents cite a lack of training/understanding of how the technologies work (58%), economic pressures (47%) and a lack of leadership sponsorship (36%) as some of the top challenges for adoption

NRF global antitrust head takes regional leadership role
Peter Scott will be Norton Rose Fulbright’s new managing partner for Europe, Middle East, and Asia from April 1, 2020.

Currently global head of the antitrust and competition, as well as leading the litigation and disputes practice in EMEA, he has been with the firm since 2005 and a partner since 2007.

He will succeed Martin Scott who has held the regional leadership role for the past 5 years.

“Peter is a highly experienced business leader,” said Peter Martyr, global chief executive. “Having operated at both a global and regional level, he is superbly equipped to drive the firm’s business transformation strategy across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.”

Global firm ensures nothing is overlooked in viewing platform case
A team from Herbert Smith Freehills has successfully defeated an appeal by residents of four homes that claimed their properties were overlooked by museum visitors.

The case involved London’s iconic Tate Gallery and a viewing platform which residents of the Neo Bankside development said caused a private nuisance. The High Court had rejected a claim for an injunction.

The firm’s London team was led by Matthew Bonye, head of real estate dispute resolution, supported by senior associate real estate disputes specialist Frances Edwards.

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