Mapping the future

It is all about the ’A’s in this week’s edition of The Lawyer Management.

Addleshaw Goddard looks to have planned a route for itself to the head of the disaggregation leader board by process mapping 46 aspects of its business, a project that kicked off a spate of indignant comments on www.thelawyer.com, notably “What a load of old rubbish.” Others disagreed. Read what the man behind the project, Addleshaws’ head of client delivery Andrew Chamberlain, has to say about his firm’s 18-month initiative, here.

Meanwhile Ashurst has been busy breaking down the constituent parts of its own particular Silver Circle mould by transferring a large proportion of its London support staff to a new low-cost office in Glasgow. Like the Addleshaws story, Ashurst’s move kicked off a still-ongoing torrent of comment on the web, with one reader claiming, “Effectively the whole of Scotland’s top end of the market, not just City back-office functions, could act as an outsourced function for City firms if they chose to”. Moving into the ’B’s, the likes of Burness and Brodies might have a thing or two to say about that.

And it’s back to the ’A’s, where in Asia, The Lawyer this week unveiled simply the most detailed analysis on that market ever produced. In case you hadn’t realised, this is the Asian century, and all aspects of the business infrastructure of any international firm present in the region is going to have to rise to the challenge. The Lawyer’s Asia Pacific 150 will tell you why.

If you wanted any more pointers to the shape of the future by the way, then on Monday check out The Lawyer Management: A Guide to Change, where you’ll find operational tips a-plenty from the likes of Norton Rose, Slater & Gordon and K&L Gates.

In addition to these stories, check out the Legal Eye briefing on minimising risk and maximising compliance and allow Informance to reveal how how lawyers can view, analyse and interact with data and monitor their firm’s financial performance more effectively.

Matt Byrne
Feature editor
matt.byrne@thelawyer.com