Marketing expertise – recruit an in-house person or commission an external agency?

Posted on: May 12, 2012

I have just published a short article on this topic for Delia Venables’ Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. They key points covered include: Recruiting your own marketing person Existing active programme of activities? Level of involvement of partners/lawyers? Generalist or specialist? Tactical or strategist? Detailed job description? How will you measure their effectiveness? What sort of […]

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Do you fear the future? Futurologists speak out at LawTech Futures 2012

Posted on: March 16, 2012

One of the most thought provoking questions I think I was ever asked was “Do you fear the future?”. And it must have been running through the minds of the 530 or so delegates at the LawTech Futures conference in Victoria yesterday as we listened to two leading futurologists. Charles Christian made a short introduction […]

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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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