SEMINAR: INTRANETS THAT WORK, 13 JUNE 2018, KNOWLEDGE NETWORK UK, BRISTOL

The next session called ‘Intranets that work’ is by Duncan Ogilvy and Sally Roberts of 3Kites Consulting and will cover technical/design aspects but focus mainly on practical tips to generate firm-wide interest and participation, secure appropriate resource, governance and...

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Fixed Fees: Here Be Dragons! (first published on Validatum)

Let us say at the outset that we are strong proponents of fixed fees, even in areas of work where they have not been particularly prevalent such as dispute resolution. We believe that they should be used much more...

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Supporting free legal services – members of the Law Consultancy Network complete the 2018 London Legal Walk

In support of access to justice, members of the Law Consultancy Network completed the 2018 London Legal Walk, alongside over 13,000 friends and colleagues from the law profession. Andrew Otterburn, Vicky Ling, Simon Tupman and Chris Denington, joined up with…

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New Zealand legal services and lawyers — what might happen?

LawTalk, the journal of the New Zealand Law Society, asked five innovative New Zealanders working in the legal services industry – including our own Simon Tupman – about the changes needed today and what they think could happen over...

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Developing future leaders (first published on Legal Futures)

“If we were running real businesses, we would be identifying future leaders in their 20s and 30s and fast-tracking them – whereas in most law firms people first have to prove themselves as a lawyer, and earn high fees,...

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Pricing Self-Assessment Health Check

Most firms now recognise that pricing strategy and execution requires considerably more focus and effort than has historically been the case. But as with any initiative, the starting point should be a critical appraisal of how we are doing...

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Borrowings, partner capital and profitability (first published in The Journal)

Using illustrative examples, this article explains three key ratios that banks use to assess the profitability of their law firm clients Some firms are doing well; however most firms in Scotland have seen relatively flat profits over the last four…

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The perfect legal business? (First published on Legal Futures)

Some people think it is easy to run – and to grow – a law firm. I feel like I have had a lifetime in lawyer and team management and in law firm ownership and leadership. Taking all of that…

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Learning from failure: even unsuccessful legal innovations have payoffs (first published in The Law Society Gazette)

‘Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm’ – said Winston Churchill, although not in the recent film Darkest Hour. The legal profession has seen more than a few failures in recent years.  Some were due…

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‘Yes, we can do it for that price; ‘What would you like me to leave out?’

  “I am sick and tired of asking my external law firms for a garden shed and getting a bloody office tower and a bill to match!” So opined [verbatim] a very frustrated FTSE 100 GC in a casual conversation…

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