Specialist taxis show way to the Business Leadership Summit

“Taxi for business services stars, taxi for business services stars…”. From 15 June the sunny streets of central London will be graced by a vision of loveliness in the dramatically festooned form of Business Leadership taxis.

And here’s a heads up. You really, really want to look out for these taxis. Not only will they be parked near The Grange St Paul’s for the two days of the Business Leadership Summit and Awards in September, they’ll also be outside The Lawyer Awards on 23 June, offering free lifts to guests when they leave (strictly on a first come, first served basis).

Matt Byrne

As the build-up to the Summit continues, today’s the day that the survey for our annual Business Leadership report goes out to thousands of in-house lawyers. If you work in-house, this your chance to give us your views on whether or not there has there been a step change in terms of the delivery of legal services, including the alternatives clients (apparently) want and are (possibly) using.

Here’s another lovely giveaway. This year’s survey is giving in-house lawyers the chance to pick up £500 in Amazon vouchers for a 10-minute questionnaire. Not too shabby.

The results of the survey will be published on 22 June. This year it will be a particularly comprehensive report that will also include a series of features on business critical operational trends as well as the exclusive results of extensive research into legal market digital marketing courtesy of our sister brand Econsultancy (home to the largest community of marketing and ecommerce professionals in the world).

The report focuses on current digital marketing and business development activity and priorities in the sector, as well as challenges to best practice. Among other things it will highlight the importance of having mobile-friendly websites, something also touched on by The Lawyer recently after Google changed its algorithm in April, creating a risk that the likes of Clifford Chance, A&O and Slaughters would plummet in Google’s search rankings.

The wide-ranging report will also underline the importance of having top tier business services professionals in your organisation, a fact recently recognised by specialist consultancy Totum. The company has just expanded significantly, with hires including former Unilever lawyer Kerry Quinn, now responsible for leading Totum’s new team focusing on project and process management and risk; senior HR professional Harriet Brown, formerly of Wilmer Hale; ex Venn Group recruitment consultant Georgia Girling, who will work in Totum’s specialist finance recruitment team; and James Rosenthal, the former head of professional services marketing at Resources Group who will work in the company’s specialist BD and marketing recruitment team

Theses hires underline the extent to which senior operational business services professionals, notably those with specialist skill sets, are now front and centre in the legal market. Talking of which, don’t miss Totum’s briefing on pricing specialists which poses the question, does your firm need one?

If you want to know for sure, book your place at the Business Leadership Summit. And watch out for the taxis.


Matt Byrne
Deputy editor

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