ACCC report finds Google tech-ad monopoly costs business
The market power of Google is being taken to task by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in a new report that singles out the tech giant’s dominance in the $3.4 billion digital advertising sector.
Hot on the heels of moves by the government to force a mandatory code of conduct on the likes of Facebook and Instagram to pay for news shared on their platforms, the ACCC report has called for new measures to improve transparency and competition in the digital advertising market which in some instances is monopoly controlled by Google. Read More.
Law group urges federal government to sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has called on the federal government to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which came into force on 22 January.
So far, 86 countries have signed the treaty, which prohibits participation in any nuclear weapons activities. These activities include “developing, testing, producing, acquiring, having control of, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or assisting other nations in doing so.” Read More.
Gartner says more than half of legal transformation projects underperform expectations
General Counsel Must Create Climate Conducive to Successful Transformation Projects. Most legal transformation projects fail to meet the expectations of general counsel (GC), according to new research from Gartner, Inc.
The research also shows that most projects fail due to a lack of prioritization or insufficient support, both of which the GC can exert direct control over. In the fall of 2020, Gartner surveyed 200 GCs and legal operations managers to measure their satisfaction with legal transformation outcomes in their departments.
Only 49% agreed that the projects met GC expectations for quality, 47% said that the projects were “usually” or “always” completed within budget, and 43% said that the projects met with the overall satisfaction of legal leadership. Read More.
1 in 3 law departments looking to add more lawyers this year
According to new research, one in three legal departments expect to hire more lawyers and other professionals in 2021, including departments that are intent on sending more work to law firms.
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has released its 2021 Chief Legal Officers Survey, which received responses from 947 participants across 44 countries and 21 industries. On the question of whether or not staffing levels in the law department will increase, decrease or remain the same over the course of 2021, most respondents do not anticipate major changes – a surprising result in itself, in the wake of the age of coronavirus.
Three in five (62 per cent) said the staffing of lawyers will remain the same, while one in three (32 per cent) said they will hire more lawyers. Read More.