The Lawyer Management conference highlights the future

A huge thanks to everyone who made it down to The Lawyer Management Conference yesterday, which focused on all things disaggregated. It was simply a cracking day, with some of the market’s leading thinkers and trailblazers providing practical and indispensable insights into the future of the legal market.

Matt Byrne

Baker & Mckenzie’s London managing partner Paul Rawlinson set the tone in a keynote speech that went straight to the core of the profession’s difficult relationship with change and overcoming it.

“It’s all about the client proposition,” he said. “We are all capable, but it requires a different mindset.”

One firm that has that in spades is DWF, which scooped the top prize at The Lawyer Management Awards in the evening. The firm picked up The Lawyer’s Management Team of the Year award for its sharp focus on improving the efficiency of its legal services delivery over the past couple of years.

DWF scored top points for its futuristic agile working approach in which fee-earners can rent space, or ‘sheds’ at the firm, market-busting financial management and making light work of a series of mergers and their associated integration.

It has also risen up the UK200 rankings, a fact that was underlined at a preview of this year’s report at the conference. The full report, released on Monday, is now available to be pre-ordered here.

Next year’s conference promises to be even bigger and better, but for now I’d like to thank all of the delegates, speakers, organisers and sponsors for what was one of the most stimulating days of the year.

Roll on 2015.

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