Guest post: ‘Chasing short term profits is the enemy of long-term success’ – A conversation with Freshfields’ Ted Burke

Guest post: ‘Chasing short term profits is the enemy of long-term success’ – A conversation with Freshfields’ Ted Burke

I recently had the chance to sit down with Ted Burke, outgoing managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. I’ve known Ted for years and with the recent announcement that he would be stepping down at Freshfields to join Arclight Capital Partners as COO and general counsel it was time to catch up. When we sat …

Guest post: Time to face the dangerous delusion of the entrepreneurial lawyer

Guest post: Time to face the dangerous delusion of the entrepreneurial lawyer

For years, I’ve been hearing law firms describe their cultures as ‘entrepreneurial’ and hardly the slightest attention. Like ‘collegial’ or ‘collaborative’, it just seemed like so much white noise. Then finally I heard it once too often and had to face cold reality: I had absolutely no idea what these people – a lot of …

Guest post: West Coast, left field and progressive – a conversation with Facebook’s law firm

Guest post: West Coast, left field and progressive – a conversation with Facebook’s law firm

One of the more unusual reactions I’ve gotten to my book Growth Is Dead came from Kate Fritz, managing partner of Fenwick & West, who I had the chance to talk to recently. Few lawyers will need an introduction to Fenwick, one of most respected practices in the West Coast of America and a leading adviser …