The writing on the wall #4 – the commodity game

  It seems that whatever the practice area, lawyers talk in hushed tones about their work becoming a commodity. Corporate law, employment law, technology law are among the areas where there is much gnashing of teeth and squeezing of margins. Much of the debate focuses on whether to do the commoditized elements and if soContinue reading “The writing on the wall #4 – the commodity game”

The lawyer’s cafe

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to facilitate a group of around 250 lawyers and legal information professionals, in an exercise to discuss, debate and create action in four areas that were key to the future of their FTSE100 business – employees, competitors, customers and products & services. Regular readers (bonus marksContinue reading “The lawyer’s cafe”

Purple law firms

Not green law firms (sustainability is for another post), but purple law firms. The concept at the heart of Seth Godin’s excellent book “Purple Cow” is about being remarkable. I think that’s a great word, and today’s post is designed to make you think about how your firm, team or law department can be remarkable.Continue reading “Purple law firms”

When fear stops you going forward

Thinking about new product development in law firms, the word innovation pops up. That market is one that’s getting more and more competitive, and law firms need to be different to succeed. The problem (as I see it), is that for many firms, as innovation become increasingly important, firms will run up against the widelyContinue reading “When fear stops you going forward”