Jersey, December 2, 2016
Janders Dean’s leading off-shore experts based in Jersey are pleased to announce that the firm has been engaged by Bedell Cristin to provide professional advice in a number of legal service transformation and legal process innovation areas. This engagement represents the beginning of on a new relationship for Janders Dean, and we are honoured to be working with this dynamic and leading law firm.
Legal project management is spreading to the ordinarily highly conservative Channel Islands legal market as the top four firm looks to these areas of transformation to increase its competitive edge.
Bedell Cristin, which has offices in BVI, Singapore, Guernsey and London, follows a number of other Channel Island firms such as Ogier, Appleby and Mourant Ozannes in splitting its legal and fiduciary businesses.
Managing Partner David Cadin, who is a leading private client litigator, said: “For the first time in 40 years we’re a standalone law firm. It’s an exciting opportunity and the amount of energy in the law firm has grown exponentially. But the question now is, do we carry on the usual turf war and hope to maintain our market share or do we look to position the firm to clearly differentiate ourselves from our competitors.”
Offshore firms are typically instructed by onshore law firms on a transaction or case and have traditionally been cushioned from the commoditisation affecting much of the wider legal sector. However, at a Janders Dean transformation conference in Jersey in November 2016, which looked at developments in automation, AI and billing, it was notable that the main area of interest and concern among large Jersey firms was the rise in legal of the Big Four accounting firms – all of which have a presence in the Channel Islands – and their short and long term impact on legal practice.
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