Making News of the Week: Perth-based BigLaw firm announces JacMac+

It’s fast and furious as Jackson McDonald, an establishment, Perth-based BigLaw firm announces JacMac +. 

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There’s one wearing sheep skins in the back row

Yesterday, Karl Chapman reminded me of a black humour incident when we first met. The occasion was an October 2012 law firm leaders conference in London at which I was speaking. I referred to the emergence of alternative legal service providers – ‘NewLaw’ was yet to be applied to these new business models. I likened the threat they posed to ‘the barbarians at the gate’ and the plundering of Rome, i.e. traditional BigLaw firms.

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Who coined NewLaw?

I am often asked, ‘Who coined NewLaw?‘. For the record, here are the facts set out in a non-revisionist account of the circumstances from 2009 to 2016.

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Launch of ConRad, new US law company

Earlier this week I was delighted to learn that two members of The Dialogue community have teamed to launch ConRad, a new US law company. Congratulations Peter Carayiannis (the Con) and Alex Hamilton (the Rad)!

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Remaking news of the week: LOD takes PE

UK private equity firm Bowmark Capital has bought out law firm BCLP’s controlling stake in innovative contract lawyer business Lawyers On Demand.

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Update: NewLaw firm combo intends to halve corporates’ legal spend

For the first time, three luminaries who appear on The Dialogue are featured in the same story by legendary Bob Ambrogi on the equally renowned Above the Law website.

Bob reports on the formation of ElevateNext, an innovative partnership designed to comply with the US’s ethical rules and enable those who are not lawyers to invest in the provision of technology-based and process-related services bundled with legal services to corporate law departments.

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