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Shakespeares’ chief executive Paul Wilson has a sideline in publicly debating the merits of non-lawyers running law firms. His turn involves him going head-to-head with a managing partner in front of a crowded room and arguing that legal practices should be run as businesses.
Lawyers flock to watch the show, apparently, and naturally this gives him a penchant for natty one-liners.
Wilson may be the frontman with the quotable soundbites, but he is savvy enough to recognise that he needs a pair of experienced hands holding the ladder as he continues to climb the rungs. Brown has been brought in from being a “critical friend” to running the day-to-day business of the fast-expanding Midlands firm as managing director.
By appointing another non-lawyer as a “second me”, Wilson will hope that Shakespeares’ continued success will prove his point.