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Are You [A] Lawyer Online?

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...

The crowd in the cloud

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...

Facebook for Lawyers: Don’t overlook the efficiency and power of a network on Facebook

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...

The International Man Of Mystery?

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...

So you’re an equity partner – big deal!

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 expectation...

A shiny new law firm

With deregulation of the market looming here in the UK, opinion varies wildly over what the likely impact will be. 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...

The five skills of highly effective in-house lawyers

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...

The Tao Of Law Firm Strategy

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...

Law Firm Management Ideas | The Benevolent Dictator

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...

Why sorry is the hardest word

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...

The Joy Of Secs (secondments)

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...

Hasta la vista baby – the termination of the legal profession

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...

Excuse me, I think your pricing is broken

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...

How does the "last mile" relate to lawyers' website biographies?

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...