Watson Farley gets its teeth into a new growth strategy

Super-sleek hunting machines with serious bite – maybe law firms have more in common with the ocean’s greatest predators than we previously thought.

That’s certainly the case put forward by Watson Farley & Williams’ (WFW) new co-managing partners who reckon, “law firms are like sharks – you have to move to breathe”.

If that’s the case, WFW has certainly picked up pace in recent months, as its longstanding managing partner of 12 years Michael Greville passed the management baton onto the firm’s new big fish Chris Lowe and Lothar Wegener.

The pair have some sharp ideas for WFW’s City office, including headcount growth and bolstering its corporate practice so that it is on a par with the firm’s renowned finance offering. So far, it seems, things are going swimmingly. Following a slight increase in revenue last year, the firm is now on course for double-digit revenue growth.

Lowe and Wegener agree, insisting “we’re not afraid of doing things differently”.

We’ll leave it to you to decide whether the approach is more great white than goldfish.

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