Member Spotlight: Legal Luminaries

A series of video interviews with leaders and innovators from the legal industry by Connected member Richard Parnham

Internationally, it's long been known that black students are less likely than their white counterparts to apply to work for commercial law firms. It's also known that women lawyers are far less likely to become partners at law firms than men.
But are these two problems inevitable, or can positive actions taken by law firm rectify them? Today, we're speaking to Lorna Gavin, whose job it is to tackle diversity challenges head on.
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The offshoring of legal services has been described as "the next big thing" for several years, but it is now, slowly, becoming a reality.
Gary Senior, London managing partner of the global law firm Baker & McKenzie, talks about legal offshoring within his own firm - how it works, who benefits - and how the concept is rapidly evolving.
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You might have heard of AIJA - otherwise known as the International Association of Young Lawyers. But what does AIJA actually do, and why is it a good idea for lawyers - and law firms - to get involved? AIJA Executive Director, Christoph Raudonat, tells us a little more about the organisation.
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Where English law firms lead, law firms in other countries tend to follow. To discuss some radical changes taking place in the English legal market is David McIntosh, chairman of the City of London Law Society.
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In England, if you're an ethnic minority lawyer, you're less likely to work for a prestigious law firm than if you are white. If you're a woman lawyer, you're less likely than your male peers to be made a partner at a firm, and are more likely to leave the legal profession entirely.
Dr. Lisa Webley, one of the authors of a 2010 report which lifts the lid on the complex and difficult issue of diversity in the legal profession, and what steps the legal profession can take to address them.
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For years, in-house lawyers have complained about the billable hour, and charge out rates demanded by law firms. But now, finally, one European law firm has tackled this issue head on.
CMS Cameron McKenna's initiative has received a lot of publicity, and has even been recognised by the Financial Times in an award for innovation in legal services.
But how does the scheme work in practice, and what are the benefits of the new approach - for both the clients AND the law firm?
CMS Cameron McKenna's James Stringer is here to explain.
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