A tale of two Berwins

Closer to home finance teams are still pulling out all the stops as the financial reporting season continues, with more firms reporting their 2012/13 year-end results. Some back room teams however look like they have more on their plate than others, with Berwin Leighton Paisner in particular delaying the release of profit information until it has, “completed and fully reconciled accounting processes for the year” and the firm’s managing partner Neville Eisenberg admitting he is “in the dark” over the number. It’s never a bad idea to make sure the Is have been dotted and the Ts crossed, but delaying the announcement of PEP and profit until September doesn’t look good, with sources claiming BLP’s PEP could be down by up to 40 per cent.

Which probably means it’ll soon be time for BLP’s marketing team to pull out all the stops sending out positive messages about the firm. They could do worse than read the opinion piece by Court Clarkson, managing director of Magis Partners, on how best to motivate those at the sharp end of a firm’s marketing and business development activity.

Elsewhere a good number of firms’ HR teams also have their work cut out for them as the UK legal market layoffs continue at the likes of Taylor Wessing, Hill Dickinson and DWF.

In addition to these stories, check out HP Autonomy’s briefing on information governance and forensic investigation and IntApp’s insights into the risk management issues surrounding new business intake.

Also a quick reminder that the inaugural The Lawyer Management conference and awards are rapidly approaching. Confirmed attendees for the former are already eagerly looking forward to the day’s events on 24 September and equally eagerly scanning the shortlist.

Matt Byrne
Feature editor
matt.byrne@thelawyer.com