Former ABN legal chief launches consultancy

The former head of legal at ABN Amro, Laurie Adams, has resurfaced at a coaching and mentoring consultancy alongside former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Jeremy Thomas.

Outside Insight, which opened its doors for business today, is offering a “lawyers for lawyers” service by providing confidential mentoring to focus on a lawyer’s career aspects, and coaching, which will deal with a lawyer’s daily working life issues.

Adams said: “We’ve been doing market research, speaking to firms and lawyers, and felt that while lawyers have good technical skills, other areas have room for improvement.”

He added that lawyers who are close to becoming partners or in the first few years of partnership are particular targets for the service.

Thomas, who was with A&O for 25 years, and a partner for 16, and Adams, a noted in-house counsel, who also started his career at A&O, decided to combine their legal skills with their coaching skills last year.

Adams, who has spent his time since retirement from ABN Amro as director of French holiday park operator Sea Blue Holdings said that while he still holds various directorships, he had enough free time to set up the new business.