Collaboration: The Next Frontier. Are Law Firms Up to it?

02.21.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines col•lab•o•ra•tion [kuh-lab-uh-rey-shuh n] as: (1) the state of having shared interests or efforts (as in social or business matters;) (2) the work and activity of a number of persons who individually contribute toward the efficiency of the whole.  In today’s business environment, technology tools and platforms facilitate effective collaboration. So there Read More

In 2013, Will More Firms Finally Understand that Client Feedback = Better Revenue and Profitability?

01.03.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
According to a recent ALM Legal Intelligence Survey, 68% of law firms put “Growing the Firm’s Revenue” as their top business strategy priority and 54% listed “Improving Firm Profitability” as their number three priority. “Client Performance Management and Client Satisfaction Measurement” was a fourth priority, however, only 56% of law firms said they plan to track Read More

Will Law Schools Finally Make Changes the Profession Needs?

12.30.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
2012 brought a great deal of attention to many challenges facing and created by our current legal education system. As recently as early December, Jordan Furlong weighed in with his post “How to kill (or save) a law school.” Brian Tamanaha’s extremely well-written and researched book “Failing Law Schools,” published in 2012, describes in great detail why the system Read More

Warning: Read This Before You Send that Billing Rate Increase Letter!

11.25.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
This is the time of year law firms get ready to send out their annual letter to clients citing their new billing rates for 2013. Despite all of the recent coverage about legal departments cutting their budgets and forcing law firms to reduce their rates, two recent surveys find that law firms still plan to Read More

“Effective Client-Adviser Relationships” Part 3: Added Value

10.15.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
This post is one of four that discusses the findings of a survey conducted jointly by the Financial Times (FT), the Managing Partners’ Forum’ (MPF) and Meridian West. The survey results were pre-viewed at a one day conference hosted by PM Forum in London on September 27. The posts reflect findings from the survey, sessions Read More

“Effective Client-Adviser Relationships” Part 2: Commerciality

10.08.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
This post is one of four that discusses the findings of a survey conducted jointly by the Financial Times (FT), the Managing Partners’ Forum’ (MPF) and Meridian West. The survey results were pre-viewed at a one day conference hosted by PM Forum in London on September 27. The posts reflect findings from the survey, sessions Read More

“Effective Client-Adviser Relationships 2012” Part 1: Role of Management

10.01.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
This post is one of four that discusses the findings of a survey conducted jointly by the Financial Times (FT), the Managing Partners’ Forum’ (MPF) and Meridian West. The survey results were pre-viewed at a one day conference hosted by PM Forum in London on September 27. The posts reflect findings from the survey, sessions Read More

How Can We Help Practice Group Leaders to be Successful?

09.11.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
The role of the Practice Group Leader (PGL) has become extremely demanding and complex. As firms have grown, they have developed additional ways to organize and manage themselves through industry groups, client teams and practice groups. Most firms now use PGs as their primary business units through which revenue is generated and measured, work is Read More

Culture Part 2: How to Use or Adapt Culture to Succeed in the “New Normal”

08.28.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Last week, our post entitled Culture Part 1: Does Law Firm Culture Play a Role in Success or Failure? discussed the components that comprise organizational culture. Every law firm has a unique set of interwoven values and characteristics that make up its culture. As firms address the substantial disruptions posed by the economy, technology and supply and Read More