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!”

Why timesheets rule but chargeable hours suck

There was something deliciously ironic about me trying some new time recording software this week. It’s many years after I left life as a private practice lawyer but I can still remember that huge sense of freedom at escaping the tyranny of the timesheet. The feeling of being able to work on what mattered mostContinue reading “Why timesheets rule but chargeable hours suck”

The International Man Of Mystery?

Are you the law’s international man of mystery? The answer to the prayers of corporate counsel in global companies? Can you leap jurisdictions with a single bound? Effortlessly unravel the tangle of law, culture and procedure? Wrap your arms around a wriggling mass of seemingly conflicting regulations, and fearlessly work with them to make compliance a reality?Continue reading “The International Man Of Mystery?”

Beware – Psycho Lawyers!

One of the defining characteristics of a psychopath is apparently a lack of empathy. Now I’m not saying all lawyers are psychos (although I’ve certainly met some I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley!), or even that lawyers lack empathy, but I’ve got an interesting idea for you to play with, that mightContinue reading “Beware – Psycho Lawyers!”

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)?”

Are lawyers impossible to coach?

Having been in the corporate world for the majority of the last seven years, I’ve been exposed to some great examples of coaching to improve individual and team performance. I’ve seen first-hand how a twice-a-year coaching index that operates as part of the performance management system really works (read it hits your pay packet!) andContinue reading “Are lawyers impossible to coach?”

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”

The price is right?

For a number of reasons, I’ve been thinking about price a lot this week. Firstly, the Holden Group’s excellent newsletter plopped through my virtual letter box with a leader on righting the wrongs of panic pricing. Next the Harvard Business Review had a very thought provoking article on adaptive pricing strategies, and finally, I wentContinue reading “The price is right?”

Can you quit your job?

I got an email from Linkedin last week, letting me know that 80+ people in my network had changed jobs last year. Now aside from the fact I love these type of analytics, the email made me stop and pause for a number of reasons, not least because I myself shifted jobs. The trend thatContinue reading “Can you quit your job?”

You are wrong. I am right.

I read a great book recently called “The World Cafe; Shaping The Future Through Conversations That Matter” (by Brown and Isaacs). It’s all about a new form of dialogue that allows people to access a group’s collective intelligence, and was a fascinating read. If it all sounds a bit woolly, the principles are all heavilyContinue reading “You are wrong. I am right.”