Strategy development insights: Curiosity, challenge, creativity, co-creation, culture and change

Posted on: March 6, 2017 Strategy development insights

While many people think strategy development in professional service firms as akin to “herding cats”, I think it’s more like trying to pick up mercury. There are all those shiny spots of precious (noxious?) metal which break off and join up in a seemingly random manner. It’s hard to put your finger on mercury. At […]

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Law Society legal market research 2016 – The future of legal services

Posted on: April 1, 2016 legal market research 2016

This legal market research report was published in January and is a cracking example of comprehensive SLEPT (or PEST) and market attractiveness analyses that will be valuable to any law firm strategic planning process. It’s a whopping 64 pages and it’s worth its weight in gold. It identifies five clusters of interacting key drivers of […]

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Grown-up corporate social responsibility and the regulatory environment – Strategy book on “Aligning for advantage” by Professor Thomas Lawton

Posted on: March 7, 2014

I’ve always been a bit dubious about the role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the business world and the professions and, at an event at the Open Business School in London last night to launch a new strategy book Professor Lawton reminded us of the quote by Milton Friedman “The business of business is […]

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Economic update from David Smith (Sunday Times) at the BCO President’s Lunch

Posted on: September 18, 2013

I was delighted to be invited by a property lawyer former colleague and Non-Executive Chairman of Irwin Mitchell solicitor’s Business Legal Services, London to the British Council for Offices (BCO) President’s Lunch at The Dorchester yesterday. It was a great opportunity to catch up briefly with some real estate “old friends” – such as Peter […]

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Half year review of law firm strategy and finance

Posted on: August 8, 2013

As I absorb most of my news through social media these days, I occasionally go through “the great reading pile” that accumulates in my office.  What’s interesting about this approach is that it is much easier to spot the general trends in law firm strategy and financial performance: Cost cutting – Redundancies of both legal and support […]

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