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Browne Jacobson goes O Shaped
Browne Jacobson has become the first law firm to join the O Shaped movement. Founded by PSMG annual summit keynote Dan Kayne, O Shaped was formed to make the legal profession better and to create a greater emphasis on a more rounded approach to it and to provide customers with a better service in a more diverse, inclusive and healthier environment.
Burges Salmon crowned best law firm to work at 2022
RollOnFriday - the leading provider of news and views on the UK legal sector - has named Burges Salmon the best law firm to work at 2022. Respondents within the business had the opportunity to rate how satisfied they were with their career development, pay, management, work/life balance and the firm’s culture.
Rickard Luckin named one of the best places to work in the country
Rickard Luckin has been recognised by Best Companies - the industry-leading employee engagement specialist - as one of the best medium-sized businesses to work for in the UK. The latest results showed that as well as retaining its high employee engagement ranking, the firm featured in three Q2 2022 categories, including being named seventh best accountancy firm.
Confidence returns but challenges remain
LexisNexis UK has released its 10th anniversary edition of the Bellwether Report. Titled Transformation troubles: responding to a new era of change, it covers areas including business confidence, financial expectations, practice growth, operational costs, hybrid working, and challenges and threats.
Rickard Luckin strengthens marketing team
Rickard Luckin has announced the appointment of Matthew Rowe as head of marketing and Jasmin Bice as marketing manager. Matthew, who was previously at Birketts, brings more than 20 years' experience to the firm and is an award-winning senior marketing manager, while Jasmin joins Rickard Luckin from law firm Nockolds.
Fred Banning launches Fifth Day
Fred Banning, former head of communications at Pinsent Masons, has launched an initiative to provide volunteering opportunities for legal business operations staff equivalent to those already available to lawyers. A not-for-profit venture, Fifth Day sets out to connect professionals in areas including IT services, finance, human resources, and business development, marketing and communications with charities and community groups.
DLA Piper's WIN Insights Survey
Nearly 300 in-house lawyers responded to DLA Piper's WIN Insights survey designed to help them better understand the challenges in their roles. From budgets and strategy to flexible working, the results of the survey can be seen by visiting the DLA Piper website or, for PSMG members, they can be viewed in our Knowledge Bank.
Weightmans kicks-off education programme
Weightmans has partnered with Everton in the Community to launch a new education programme. The award-winning law firm is working with the charity to launch a pilot programme with young children to help bridge the education gap exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The role of the law firm CMO in a crisis…and beyond
The role of the chief marketing officer in the global pandemic has, like much else, been required to adapt, be nimble and think more creatively than ever. In a fascinating podcast Patrick Dransfield of In-House Community looks at the threats, the opportunities, the need to step-up and listen carefully to all stakeholders, and to demonstrate true leadership.