Hasta la vista baby – the termination of the legal profession

Later this week I’m running a session for a group of leading technology lawyers which will explore the future of the profession. Why I think this will be particularly interesting topic for this group is that I believe technology will be the  single biggest driver of change  for the legal sector in the long term.Continue reading “Hasta la vista baby – the termination of the legal profession”

The legal market place – carnage or opportunity?

When you look at the legal marketplace, what do you see? With the implementation of the far reaching Legal Services Act finally happening in the UK (albeit with some fairly significant delays in related regulation), it seems the right time to step back and assess the state of the market. Talking to people in the profession about this,Continue reading “The legal market place – carnage or opportunity?”

Super Mario Lawyer – How to gamify a legal career

There’s a lot of buzz at the moment about “gamification”. Now before you choke on your cornflakes and wonder what anything that has the word “game” in it has to do with a serious business like the law, let me first explain what it is. The best definition I found was in a white paperContinue reading “Super Mario Lawyer – How to gamify a legal career”

The five skills of highly effective in-house lawyers

I spent some time this week with a group of in-house lawyers facilitating a discussion around the skills and capabilities that corporate counsel need to be a success, particularly if they are just making the transition from private practice. The group itself was very diverse, ranging from a FTSE100 GC to a very recent convertContinue reading “The five skills of highly effective in-house lawyers”

So you’re an equity partner – big deal!

Last week I was given a business card by a lawyer I was talking to. On the card, underneath their name, was written “Equity Partner” in a fairly bold, not-to-be-missed font. It struck me, that were I ever to hit those heights in a law firm (I bailed out of private practice before putting thoseContinue reading “So you’re an equity partner – big deal!”

Presentation Shock and Awe

Ever sat through a truly awesome presentation? Seen one on TED?   What about during a law firm pitch?   As a reader of this blog, you’ve probably had some experience of pitches. Been on the receiving end? Starred in one? Orchestrated one? Been shoved in one at the last minute as a “subject matterContinue reading “Presentation Shock and Awe”

Dude, your collateral sucks!

Off the back of attending a seminar for corporate counsel and risk professionals on the Bribery Act, and having previously worked with a law firm developing some anti-bribery products for their clients, I decided to see how law firms were marketing their services in this area. My methodology was scientific and rigorous. (not really) AContinue reading “Dude, your collateral sucks!”

What’s your career ROI (return on investment)?

A couple of interesting articles on the Careerist recently about law schools and their responsibility to law students. In particular there is a debate about the responsibility schools have to accept students (and their fees) when, in the current climate, job prospects can be slim. Here in the UK, there is another dynamic that hasContinue reading “What’s your career ROI (return on investment)?”

The Specialist Generalist

Participating in a panel event for in-house lawyers last week, I was struck by the versatility of the corporate counsel that were taking part.     In-house lawyers are so much more accessible to their clients than lawyers in law firms, and this, coupled with the incredible range of business (and personal!) questions that can come acrossContinue reading “The Specialist Generalist”

Top 5 sales FAILS (for lawyers)

In a fit of New Year’s good intentions (see last week’s post on resolutions) I’ve been scouring the Internet to find out how to be a better blogger. All for your benefit my friendly reader… Anyway, one of the suggestions I found (which I liked), was “write a list post”. I wondered what an earthContinue reading “Top 5 sales FAILS (for lawyers)”