Is Your C-Suite Siloed or Collaborative?

06.12.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As law firms continue to strive to run themselves as businesses, more are hiring senior level business executives who do not have law degrees or who have joint JD/MBA degrees but who likely have more experience in business than practicing law. Most law firm CEOs in the US and UK, however, are lawyers, many of whom still Read More

Value Post 4: How Law Firms and In-House Counsel Can Co-Create Value

05.06.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As we proposed in our previous post Value Post 3: Like Law Firms, GCs Must Deliver More Value to Their Clients, general counsel face many of the same pressures that their outside lawyers do when it comes to demonstrating their value to their clients – the business side of their companies. Much of the legal press Read More

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

“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

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

Culture Part 1: Does Law Firm Culture Play a Role in Success or Failure?

08.23.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
You bet it does — perhaps now more than ever. Of course this depends on how you define “success.” With so much focus on the numbers – PPPs, RPL, revenues, de-equitizing, equity versus income partners, cutting expenses, discounts and billing rates, utilization, hours – it would be easy to assume that every corporate law firm Read More

What Rainmaker Traits and Skills are Required for Success?

07.31.12 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
For so many years, the term “rainmakers” has referred to partners in firms who bring in new clients and have “big books of business.”  Merriam-Webster defines a rainmaker as “A person (as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business.”  Fifty years ago, many firms relied on only one or two or just Read More