The Lawyer Management: A Guide to Change 2013

Cloud Computing

The art of the possible

With ever greater importance being placed on IT, the technology of tomorrow has never been more important By Nathan Hayes, IT director, and Mark Webber, partner and head of technology, Osborne Clarke In today’s ever-changing legal market, the demands being made on a firm’s IT arrangements are changing at a similar rate. Providing an appropriate, ubiquitous and uniform service at […]

Simon Callander

Keeping in step with regulation

The culture of compliance that pervaded regulation in the past is giving way to a fresh principles-based approach  By Simon Callander, general counsel and partnership secretary, Olswang The arrival of outcomes-focused regulation in October 2011 was greeted with howls of concern by the solicitors’ profession as a whole. A new and uncertain regulatory landscape lay ahead of a […]

Matthew Whalley

The game changer

Knowledge management played a pivotal role in creating ‘Big Law’, but it must now be used as an agent of change By Matthew Whalley client knowledge manager and head of legal risk services Berwin Leighton Paisner Faced with cost-reduction drives from clients and a migration of talent into in-house teams, the legal services model is under […]


Fresh routes to funding growth

Traditionally law firms have relied on internal funding to drive ambitions of growth, but since the Legal Services Act 2012 partners can access external finance through public share offerings or private equity investors  By Matt Jackson, corporate development manager, Slater & Gordon With the recent introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) under the Legal Services Act allowing for […]


Making space for success

K&L Gates’ move to London’s One New Change development was key to a wider inclusive strategy  By Debra Lehman-Smith and Janet Rankin, Lehman Smith McLeish K&L Gates’ move to London’s One New Change in May 2011 has done far more than just provide the firm with bright, open space and unsurpassed views of Sir Christopher Wren’s […]

David Edwards

The new normal

Change is inevitable but how we as individuals and firms react to it will determine future success or failure By David Edwards, head of marketing & communications, Baker & McKenzie The thing about change is, it is constant. It happens all the time in business, in our personal lives, and most of the time we do not even […]

Management survey Q5

When change is inevitable…

All-encompassing change is now a reality for the UK’s top 200 firms. How are they coping with the unprecedented upheaval? The Lawyer finds out If there is one word that neatly sums up the current UK legal market it is change. But rarely has a single  wordhad to work so hard to cover such upheaval. From […]

Carolann Edwards

Developing an edge

Competitive advantage is just one of the benefits of getting your learning and development programme right By Carolann Edwards, director of learning and development, Norton Rose Fulbright A group of newly appointed partners is making its way noisily along the red carpet leading to the glass-fronted offices on London’s South Bank riverside. The lawyers, who come from as far […]

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