Managing Partners Forum (MPF) European Leadership Awards 2012

Posted on: March 5, 2012

I’ve been a judge on these awards for many years and it’s always great to go along to the dinner and ceremony to see the lucky winners hear the news of their success and receive their gongs. So I glammed up as best I could and travelled to the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square to […]

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Musical chairs for legal leaders

Posted on: February 14, 2012

With ABS on the horizon and firms facing huge change management programmes, it’s not surprising that there’s lots of comings and goings with regards to leadership. And it’s interesting to note an increase in non-legal appointments in senior positions. Here’s a few that caught my attention: 750 lawyer Taylor Wessing appointed a COO who was previously chief of […]

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Strategic drift – a risk for partnerships

Posted on: December 29, 2011

In most of the courses I teach and the coaching provided to senior lawyers, accountants and surveyors I talk about the importance of having a firm-wide strategy. Even if it is merely an “umbrella strategy” of some overall parameters about how the equity partners hope that the firm will develop and grow in the future. […]

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Blue Ocean Strategy for professional firms seeking new services?

Posted on: September 14, 2011

Obviously the legal market is in a state of flux with the recession, deregulation and the threat of new business models and new entrants as the result of the Legal Services Act. Many accountants are scratching around for a response to the commoditisation of audit services and surveyors and agents are familiar with the erosion […]

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Accountancy Age Best Practice Conference – June 2011

Posted on: June 27, 2011

Having recently attended Netlaw’s Key strategies for law firms conference I was keen to see whether the accountants were concerned with the same issues. Chatham House rules were in place for this event so it is not possible to attribute the comments to particular individuals but amongst the speakers were: Gavin Hinks (Editor of Accountancy […]

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