In March last year – as the Covid-19 crisis gathered pace – I wrote in Legal Business that if you’re a leader when an emergency happens, you need to act like one. I added that, as the leader, you are also communicator-in-chief.
Talking to leaders over the last few months, it’s striking how acting like a leader has meant adapting their style as this crisis has rolled on. A more approachable, informal and open approach that connects more personally with their people has become key. Continue reading “Talking sheds – A&O’s former chief on why the personal touch is critical in a crisis”
To be a leader as an in-house lawyer today is to be faced with a bewildering array of ideas, strategies and influences. Reports are written with grim regularity, it is impossible to read them all. Conferences are organised with grim regularity, it is impossible to attend them all. Consultants always have the next great idea with grim regularity, it is impossible to take a sharp stick and poke them all.
The quality of leadership in-house is nothing like as strong as the quality of the legal work our in-house lawyers do or the quality of the people who are the in-house counsel. Collectively we need to get better at leadership. Continue reading “Guest post: How should in-house counsel lead? It’s all about purpose”
There are some interesting comments highlighted in a story on Legal Futures this month by the president of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) regarding a BSB consultation.
‘The SDT will remain the master of its own destiny in this debate. Its membership will do what it believes to be right in a rational, informed, evidence-based manner. Continue reading “Guest post: You’re masterful, Mr President: Standards of proof debate takes odd turn”
Totum’s Deborah Gray on achieving a global presence.
The vision of a truly global legal business offering a seamless service to multinational clients is an alluring one for law firm leaders. But achieving a global presence and making it work in practice is a challenge. According to PwC’s annual survey 2015, the UK continues to subsidise international offices with UK profit per partners far outweighing those in international offices. Continue reading “Harnessing business talent for global growth”
Kate McMahon of Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon on EMM’s unique offering to victims.
Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon (EMM) was set up in 2012 as a boutique firm specialising solely in private prosecutions, the first and only specialist private prosecution firm in the country. The three founding partners are all experienced prosecutors, with Tamlyn Edmonds previously heading up the prosecution team for the Department of Health, Kate McMahon prosecuting for the bribery and corruption team at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), and Andrew Marshall being a Grade 4 Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Standing Counsel for the Attorney General’s list of prosecuting counsel.
Continue reading “The importance of getting early advice”
CC’s David Bickerton says the profession is yet to master training the lawyers of the future
New entrants to the legal profession will be competing head on against Kim, the virtual assistant from Riverview Law, and Ross, IBM Watson’s ‘super-intelligent’ attorney, in delivering services to clients. Ross, unlike most of us, has the ability to research every resource of legal knowledge in seconds, and, even more impressive to the older ones among us, remember it.
Continue reading “Keeping up with Ross and Kim – the work to do on shaping the legal stars of tomorrow”
I have on a few occasions blogged on the High Court’s (and indeed the now Lord Chief Justice’s) exasperation, justified or not, with the conduct of some immigration solicitors.
Continue reading “Guest Post: It’s all in the Game: Immigration Lawyers vs the High Court?”
Students of the relationship between business and society will, of late, have encountered a new discourse, that around corporate welfare.
Continue reading “Guest post: The truth about corporate welfare”
RBS’s James Tsolakis on why law firms must adapt
On so many levels, the business of law is changing and the velocity of change has never been greater. These changes are creating unforeseen tensions within law firms and they challenge some of the fundamental principles that have historically defined the legal profession in the UK, a profession characterised by a tradition of conservatism and consistency, which are both foundations on which the enduring stability of the profession was founded. Continue reading “Survival of the fittest”
I find the psychology of professional ethics endlessly fascinating. Take this piece by Elaine Doyle, Jane Frecknall Hughes and Barbara Summers (2013) An Empirical Analysis of the Ethical Reasoning of Tax Practitioners, (access here), which I thank Iain Campbell for mentioning to me.
Continue reading “Guest post: What makes tax lawyers morally limited?”