Managing partners go back to the drawing board

This week’s feature offers managing partners a dream scenario. No, not a return to leisurely lunches and sky’s-the-limit hourly rates but the chance to rebuild their firms: from scratch.

In case you missed it, here’s how to build the perfect law firm of the future.

Questions posed included whether partnership is the right structure for the future, what they’d do with their London offices and whether business services professionals will ever be on a par with partners.

While the responses acknowledged “fear, innate conservatism and vested interest in the status quo” were at the heart of the sector’s greatest challenges, there was clear evidence of a good measure of courage and innovative ambition too.

It’s not all doom and gloom out there, you know.

PS. We’re looking for the brightest and best of the legal profession to feature in our Hot 100 2015. Please send any nominations to us by 15 September.

Also on

  • Hogan Lovells has hired two senior managers from Berwin Leighton Paisner and Accenture as part of a firm-wide project management pilot set to conclude at the end of the year
  • Bevan Brittan has appointed the former chief executive of Birmingham Council as a consultant to advise public sector clients on non-legal issues
  • Osborne Clarke’s former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners has set out a new growth strategy, with plans to expand its work in Africa as well as Europe