What are today’s lawyers thinking about?


At Modern Lawyer, we believe it’s not just about lawyer moves, or promotions, who is on your legal panel or who isn’t, or even what you were paid last year.


It’s about a broader debate and the bigger picture of where the legal profession is going and all the ideas driving this.


Modern Lawyer brings together ideas, opinions, learning and creativity about the future of the legal profession from everyone who is making it happen.


Previously Modern Legal Practice, the journal is in an exciting and dynamic new format. It focuses on law firm leadership strategy and is broadening its scope to consider more expansively the future of law and how to shape that in practice.


Articles in the first all-new issue include discussions on current topics such as how lawyers can use artificial intelligence, how to navigate the ‘new normal’ working environment and how perfectionism can stifle an innovative culture.


Modern Lawyer also discusses in-house counsel, alternative law companies and legal tech as well as traditional law firms (who are not always as traditional as they once were).


The team, columnists and contributors:

Modern Lawyer

Launch date: 19th October 2020

Modern Lawyer (Print) ISSN 2634-548X

Modern Lawyer (Online) ISSN 2634-5498

Frequency: Quarterly

Introducing...

  • Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Hogan Lovells, will have a regular column. Bendita’s column, First Things First, will look at a range of topics including culture, inclusion, change and generally humanity in the profession.
  • Herman Stewart, 'The Mentor’s Mentor', will write about mentoring but also all its constituent parts such as leadership, influence and community.
  • The Modern Lawyer Roundtable is a regular salon of diverse ideas and discussion - where a group of people with different experiences speak about an idea or a topic which is pertinent to the future or potential futures of the profession. For the first issue this was ‘Facing the Future’; for the second issue, we will be looking at Change.
  • The editor, Catherine McGregor has engaged with the in-house legal market for many years as a journalist, consultant and commentator. She is the author of Business Thinking in Practice for In-house Counsel: Taking Your Seat at the Table.

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Contents

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The avant-garde: the future diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging professional
Bendita Cynthia Malakia

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Facing the future, Shaping the present In discussion with Catherine McGregor

17

Learning from lockdown: a space for choice
Alison Nolan

24

Failure camp – the importance of psychological safety for lawyers
Richard Danks & Mark Cruickshank

30

Breaking down barriers in the purpose pathway
Helen Foord

38

Retirement needs a complete rethink

Victoria Tomlinson

44

The show must go on: creativity and thinking differently in law

Catherine McGregor

51

The pandemic’s psychological price
Helena Boschi

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Inherent tension in-house: defusing the law department time bomb at a time of pandemic

Ciarán Fenton

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Mentoring – it’s not what you think
Herman Stewart

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Catherine McGregor

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Catherine works as an independent adviser to law firms and legal departments around the world. Her work focuses on the practical challenges for modern legal departments, in-house lawyers and their companies and the related challenges and opportunities for their advisors that understanding their clients can bring.


In addition to her role as editor of Modern Lawyer, Catherine is author of Business Thinking in Practice for In-house Counsel: Taking Your Seat at the Table, Editor-in Chief of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity and The Bar Magazine.

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