Case studies

Work Better: DWF’s Ethnic Minority Access Scheme

In summer 2020, the #BlackLivesMatter movement created an opportunity for DWF to accelerate its progress on improving Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation within its workforce. DWF partner and head of the firm’s diversity and inclusion leadership group Seema Bains led the initiative. She says: “The Black Lives Matter movement had raised a lot […]

Work Better: How an alternative board flattened Shakespeare Martineau’s hierarchy

Introducing a shadow board and the Connectors reverse mentoring programme was not about addressing a specific problem, according to Shakespeare Martineau chief marketing and people officer Ben Buckton. Rather, it was responding to an opportunity to flatten the hierarchy and offer a platform for a greater proportion of the firm to influence its direction. “If […]

Work Better: Inside Slaughter and May’s Business Development Academy

Slaughter and May’s Business Development Academy sought to address a problem shared across the industry. How to attract, develop and retain the best junior business development population. The firm had found it was consistently recruiting from a very narrow pool of individuals, experiencing high turnover, and needed to improve resilience and job satisfaction. “Our team […]

Innovating for growth: Designing a digital services strategy

Matheson’s head of digital services Tom Connor shares his insights into working as part of the senior management team to design, execute and lead the evolving digital transformation strategy at Ireland’s largest law firm.    The events of the past year have significantly altered the way in which many people and businesses think about how […]