The writing on the wall #7 – location, location, location

Let’s for a moment put aside the discussion as to whether an investment by a law firm into premium real estate makes sense. Let’s assume that clients don’t object to funding acres of marble and an atrium full of lush vegetation. This question is about where your firm’s offices are, not what they are. TheContinue reading “The writing on the wall #7 – location, location, location”

The writing on the wall #5 management complexity

Firms are getting bigger. Mergers and International expansion may be the main culprits in recent years, bit add the economy slowly returns to growth, plenty of other law firms face the challenges associated with getting bigger. Some, like the competition for talent are frequently mentioned, but there is another that is less talked about andContinue reading “The writing on the wall #5 management complexity”

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 writing’s on the wall #2 – scale back your offices?

Given property is often the second biggest cost of a law firm behind head count, I wonder what the impact would be of scaling back prestigious offices and reinvesting some of the capital in technology that would make a real difference for clients.  

How to find an extra 1,000 hours a year

I have a confession to make. I’m an information junkie. All my life I’ve been a voracious consumer of books, magazines and newspapers. From burying my nose in novels as a child, through reading 3-4 books a week when commuting as a lawyer, to teaching myself to speed-read early in my legal career to keepContinue reading “How to find an extra 1,000 hours a year”

Why law firms need a CLO (chief listening officer)

When I started my legal career in the mid/late 90s, no-one ever talked of the CEO or the CFO. There was a Managing Partner, probably a Senior Partner, and a Finance Director. While looking at job titles may seem simplistic, it actually throws up some interesting trends (and I’m not repeating my rant about puttingContinue reading “Why law firms need a CLO (chief listening officer)”

The epic failure of the world’s best presenter

Over the past few weeks I’ve been out and about in the legal community and seen a number of presentations from eminent QCs. Now for those of you outside the UK, Queen’s Counsel (QCs) are the creme de la creme of that part of our legal profession that performs in court. As a result, they needContinue reading “The epic failure of the world’s best presenter”

Why your lawyer’s not a social media ninja

Let me start with a confession. It took me a while to “get” Twitter. The first time I tried it (which I think was 2008), I just used it to consume information. It wasn’t great for a number of reasons – firstly, I didn’t put a lot of time in to work out who toContinue reading “Why your lawyer’s not a social media ninja”

The Balanced Law Firm

Living in the corporate world, it’s easy to take scorecards, dashboards and metrics for granted. For those that recoil at management speak, they can become a one way ticket to snoozeville. For those who like to get down and dirty with data, browsing a realtime display of information can be the highlight of their week.Continue reading “The Balanced Law Firm”

What lawyers can learn from the U.S. Navy SEALs

The politics, morality and socio-economic consequences of Osama Bin Laden’s death will undoubtedly be discussed for years to come, and this blog is certainly not the place for that debate. I would however like to stake my claim to being the first commentator to raise the issue of what lawyers can learn from the incident,Continue reading “What lawyers can learn from the U.S. Navy SEALs”