Why Finding Lawyers That Match Your Values Is So Hard


Only when you know what matters to you will you be able to look out and see if your values are reflected in the individual lawyers and law firms you are considering working with. Last week, Sean wrote about the importance of values and ethics of the law firms providing services for corporate counsel, noting that, “97%

97% Of General Counsels Agree: #Winning Isn’t Everything


The last thing an enterprise wants is to wind up in the news for using business partners who themselves are making headlines due to unaligned ethical choice. I’ve written previously about the rising importance of ethics in the selection of external counsel. Now I’ve got fresh proprietary data to back it up. I’m continuously hearing that law

The 4 Reasons Every Law Firm Wants To Do Geopolitics — And How To Know Who To Trust

World Globe

The political context of everything matters. Why are law firms increasingly getting involved in geopolitics? As Joe Andrew, the founding global chairman of Dentons quipped in our recent sit down: “A good lawyer knows the law but a great lawyer knows the judge.” One could interpret that adage as implying a personal relationship between the attorney and the

The Commonwealth – an engine for Legal Innovation?

In the past decade, the Commonwealth has evolved from a way for the U.K. to create its own economic and soft-power spheres of influence with former colonies into a larger organization focused on trade among its members. Where on your passport would stamps from the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting originate? If you

From Russia — With Lawyer Sanctions


What’s most interesting is that lawyers from Jones Day, Morgan Lewis, DLA Piper, Cooley, and other major firms are now forbidden from entering Russia — for life. In a little-noticed act, Russia indefinitely banned over 1,000 U.S. citizens from entering the country a couple weeks ago. In a big departure from traditional sanctions tit-for-tats, many of them were lawyers. Why did

With Palantir Foundry Hence Aims to Improve Legal Buying

Hence’s co-founders are not your average legal techies. Sean West was in a senior role at famed geopolitical risk consultancy, the Eurasia Group, and Steve Heitkamp, who used to work at ‘Big Data’ analysis pioneer Palantir, has spent years focused on security and political risk, including for the US Department of Defense. Moreover, as tech news site Vox noted in 2020,

Hence secures $1.8M seed to grow its legal services sourcing technology

Team Hence

Hence Technologies, a Kigali- and London-based startup that uses data and AI to match companies with external legal service providers is set to scale its precision-matching engine after raising $1.8 million in seed funding from various institutions and angel investors. This brings the total amount raised by the startup, so far, to $2.6 million. The

Startups — it’s time to ditch your CEO


Startup founders face an existential paradox. They are encouraged to ignore the experts, abandon best practices and disrupt the status quo. At the same time, they’re told to inherit the rigid leadership structures of the boring and staid corporations they purport to disrupt.  This includes an implicit assumption that there is or will be a

Hence fuels growth with strategic hire

Hence Technologies Ltd. has today announced the appointment of Boko Inyundo as Director, Strategic Relations. In this new role, Boko will fuel Hence’s growth as the premier software platform for selecting and managing external lawyers and law firm relationships in the US$800bn global annual market for legal services. Hence is a London- and Kigali-based technology

Hence Technologies to Leverage Palantir Foundry

Hence announced today that it is now among the first start-ups globally to leverage the Palantir Foundry platform. This bolsters Hence’s already considerable capabilities in revolutionizing the relationships companies have with their external lawyers. Hence uses data and AI to help global corporations manage relationships with lawyers in real-time. This levels the playing field between