The increase in consultant firms we are seeing is reshaping mid-market and high street operations, with existing business models at risk of being disrupted. As a result, SME law firms are under increased pressure to adopt and align with this strategy – investing in IT infrastructure and reducing back-office costs.


But when most firms are facing historic lows in available cash, with partners generally reluctant to commit additional capital, what are the options to survive and thrive in a shifting market?


Watch this webinar for a debate on whether the consultancy model is threatening the future of traditional operations and if SME law firms can remain competitive by optimising and prioritising the following tech initiatives:


  • Technology transformation as a strategic imperative
  • Evolving ways of addressing critical technology needs
  • The changing nature of work and its implications for talent and culture
  • Governance requirements for shifting risks and opportunities







WEBINAR in association with NetDocuments




Sarah Goulbourne, Partner and Co-founder, gunnercooke

As the co-founder of one of the UK’s fastest-growing challenger law firms, Sarah is extremely passionate about improving and evolving the way in which legal services are delivered to businesses. Using her pioneering forward way of thinking, Sarah teamed up with Darryl Cooke to create a business model with an innovative offering that gives lawyers the opportunity to use the best of their legal abilities.

Sarah is adamant that people should be able to practice law without sacrificing their personal life, something that many lawyers now find difficult in the more traditional environments, and so created a model that stands for flexibility, transparency and freedom.

David Turney, Managing Partner, Avery Law

David is an award-winning and recommended entrepreneurial lawyer. He started his career at Allen & Overy before moving in-house for an international group and subsequently founding Avery Law. He frequently provides corporate, commercial and finance English law advice to start-ups, investors, corporates and individuals from around the world. David is a co-founder and managing partner of Avery Law. David is responsible for the day-to-day management, direction and culture of the firm. David was awarded as Best Fundraising Lawyer at the Legal Awards 2021 and shortlisted for the Rising Star Innovation Award at the Legal Innovation Awards 2020.

Maurice Tunney, Director of Technology and Innovation, Keystone Law

Maurice drives the ongoing investment into the cutting-edge technology adopted by Keystone Law which facilitates the firm’s agile and collaborative business structure. He sits on the operations board and works with the business to understand what the priorities are before delivering the most effective, and at times innovative, solutions. Maurice is passionate about maintaining an environment that is both user-friendly and scalable while still being as secure and as flexible as possible. Prior to joining Keystone, he was responsible for developing the IT strategy and managing the portfolio of IT projects at Fieldfisher.


Mike Creffield, Business Manager EMEA, NetDocuments

Mike Creffield has 24 years of experience working within professional services and looks to maximise the return clients can expect from their investment and ensure a positive business outcome by keeping a close eye on the critical success factors from the first engagement.



Richard SImmonsRichard Simmons, Features Editor, The Lawyer

Richard is The Lawyer’s features editor. He was previously editor of The Lawyer’s student publication Lawyer 2B, and therefore covers everything to do with legal education, training contracts and pupillage, as well as lawyers’ ongoing career development. Also falling within his remit are topics including diversity in law, pro bono and access to justice.