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As law firms begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them are considering or reconsidering whether membership in a network should be part of their strategy for the 2020s.

Our clients have told us that four blog articles, first published seven years ago, have given them a good intellectual framework for their discussions and decision making. They remain among our most frequently-accessed items at Walker Clark World View.

Casper David Friedrich, "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog"

Things will never be the same. They might be a lot better eventually, but there's no going back to 2019.

Nor should we want to.

-- managing partner of a Walker Clark client law firm in Europe.

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Over the past 12 months, we have observed an unusually high degree of "churn" in associate and partner movements in legal markets worldwide. In most instances, compensation has been a significant factor in these departures, although not the only one. Remote working during the pandemic has opened new opportunities for discrete lateral recruiting, with the "losing" law firm not finding out about someone's decision to leave until it is too late.

Walker Clark LLC announces a series of four complementary webinars to introduce quality management concepts, tools, and methods to law firms and corporate law departments worldwide.

As the legal services industry moves through the disruptive and increasingly competitive professional and market environments of the 2020s, quality has emerged as a critical condition for sustainable success.

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After more than eight years of negotiation and agreement in principle late last year, ratification of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment is stalled in the European Parliament due to the diplomatic deterioration that has occurred between China the the EU this year. At the moment, the prospects for ratification are not good.

It might be many months or years before the CAI is revived, but law firms with clients with investments in China, especially in the  automotive and chemical sectors, need to continue to pay attention.

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One of the great challenges to busy lawyers in law firms, corporate and government law departments, and other legal services organizations is to work better together as a team and to promote teamwork throughout the organization.

Unfortunately, many lawyers waste large amounts of money and fee earner time every year attending “teamwork” workshops and seminars.

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Two reports this week suggest that a robust economic recovery could be as close as six months away.

Is your law firm ready?

How do you know for sure?

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What are  the management issues that the pandemic has raised in cross-border enforcement in recent months, and how are they likely to have lasting impacts on the way that we manage our dispute resolution practices?

You should.

A new report published by Bloomberg says that ice melting has already reached "worst case" levels. This should be required reading for every law firm.

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“We are pleased that the worst outcome – no deal – has been averted,” said David Greene, president of the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW), in an article on 4 January 2021 in the Global Legal Post..