Legal Business

The case against value – the virtue that can become vice

It’s the spirit of the age that law firms feel the need to not only deliver better value and efficiency but to be seen to do so by clients.

And what could be wrong with that? The northshoring trend has been increasingly apparent in recent years, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – the closest to a traditional partnership in the big four – now gearing up for a huge move to Manchester. Clifford Chance, meanwhile, has made much of its efficiency and push to align itself to clients, a stance clear under the leadership of David Childs and even more front-and-centre under Matthew Layton.