David Fraser (@privacylawyer) is not just
a lawyer online; he's a Canadian privacy lawyer-online.
Participating on a panel with David last Friday, it was immediately obvious
that he "gets social media" when he flat out told a Canadian Bar Association
group of Intellectual Property...
These days, your knowledge is not
enough to stand out from the crowd. But before I explain why that's the case,
and what you can do about it, let me quickly explain how this post came to be...
Charlotte, the senior partner in the
Family law team spent hours gazing at the clouds trying...
The other day, I added a "new"
Friend to my Facebook network, someone I see maybe once a year at a
professional gathering. I thought: This is great. Can it get any easier to stay
in touch and up to speed on what's going on in her life so that the next time
we meet we can immediately...
Are you the law's international man
of mystery? The answer to the prayers of corporate counsel in global companies?
Can you leap jurisdictions with a single bound? Effortlessly unravel
the tangle of law, culture and procedure? Wrap your arms around a wriggling
mass of seemingly conflicting regulations...
Last week I was given a business
card by a lawyer I was talking to. On the card, underneath their name, was
written "Equity Partner" in a fairly bold, not-to-be-missed font.
Tony showed the proof of his
"Legal Jedi Master" card to the managing partner more in hope than
With deregulation of the market
looming here in the UK, opinion varies wildly over what the likely impact will
Some speak of decimation of the high street, and the
end of the traditional law firm as we know it.
Others are more conservative and see a simple
acceleration of the move...
I spent some time this week with a
group of in-house lawyers facilitating a discussion around the skills and
capabilities that corporate counsel need to be a success, particularly if they
are just making the transition from private practice.
The group itself was very diverse,
ranging from a...
Differentiation is getting harder
for law firms. We all know that.
Clients constantly state that they
want their lawyers to have deeper knowledge of their business and environment.
As the market changes, more and more
firms are re-examining their
business model and questioning how they are...
Listening to a law firm
administrator explain how he handles internally sensitive issues at his law
firm over a business dinner one evening, I remarked, "You're a benevolent
dictator! Sounds like it's working for you! Management by consensus may be an
easier path, but it is a sure path...
I had a very interesting
conversation with a colleague yesterday around a workshop he was facilitating
for a fairly sizeable group of lawyers. As part of the discussion he asked the
question "how many of you have ever been the subject of a client complaint".
Our subsequent discussion...
I've been hanging out with a lot of
in-house counsel recently, and one thing's clear.
They love their secondees.
Really love them.
Whether it's a GC who is relying on
a specialist skill set that he or she can't quite find the budget to recruit, a
mid-level corporate counsel...
Later this week I'm running a
session for a group of leading technology
lawyers which will explore the future of the profession.
Why I think this will be
particularly interesting topic for this group is that I believe technology will
be the single biggest driver of change for the legal sector...
I was pleased to read the post on 3 geeks about
value billing as this is definitely a topic that needs exploring
further, not least because I'm astonished by the number of law firm partners
who continually tell me that it's for clients to find a pricing model that
works for the firm's...
The "last mile" is a
supply chain management term (and a single released by hard rock/glam band,
Cinderella, in 1989, and also a play and movie from the 1930s) that refers to a
product's last mile before it gets to market and on store
shelves. Apparently, it's the hardest and most...