Posts Categorized: Big Firms

The blind side

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Competition, Innovation.

My newest column has been posted at Canada’s best legal website, which regular readers will know is Slaw.ca. Even though the article is also posted here for posterity, take the opportunity to absorb all of Slaw’s great information by going to read it there.

The platform is changing

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Competition, Innovation.

Seth Godin calls it the WordPerfect Axiom, and he’s exactly right: When the platform changes, the leaders change. WordPerfect had a virtual monopoly on word processing in big firms that used DOS. Then Windows arrived and the folks at WordPerfect didn’t feel the need to hurry in porting themselves to the new platform. They had… Read more »

The boutique exodus

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Solo & Small Firm.

I was talking the other day with a partner in a large national firm. For a variety of reasons, including the nature of his practice area, his annual billings have been declining for a couple of years now, and he’s been contacted about it by some of the senior people in the firm. He’s been… Read more »

The lamp and the laser

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Marketing, Solo & Small Firm.

When you set up a home office, as I’ve recently been doing, you begin to notice lighting in a way you hadn’t before. It quickly becomes apparent that fixed overhead lights and large floor lamps, no matter how bright they might be, don’t illuminate desks and laptops very well. For close-range work, helping you navigate… Read more »

Law firms on demand

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Clients, Talent.

What if you could take a law firm, carve away all the parts of it you don’t like, and keep all the parts you did? What if, from the client perspective, you could get rid of high and rising prices, time-based bills, gratuitous overhead costs and unfamiliarity with your business? What if, from the lawyer… Read more »

Hands across the water

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Innovation.

I don’t normally focus on very large law firms and mergers thereof, but I’ll make an exception for this one. As you might have heard, US-based Hogan & Hartson and UK-based Lovells have apparently reached an agreement to merge their respective firms by May 2010. The combined entity (Hogan Lovells, provisionally) would crack the top… Read more »

Breaking the big firm

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Billing, Diversity, Talent.

My strongest, greatest fear by far, if it’s not too soon to look to the “other side” of this financial system meltdown and general economic interregnum, is not that things in law-land will look overly different when we emerge, but that they won’t look different enough. That observation comes from Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith… Read more »

The firms of the future

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Innovation, Solo & Small Firm.

“Does the future belong to virtual law firms?” That question was posed by an American Lawyer article earlier this week that focused on Virtual Law Partners, a growing firm nominally based in Silicon Valley but in fact operating, well, wherever its lawyers are. Virtual firms — two others, FSB Legal Counsel and Rimon Law Group,… Read more »

The best and the brightest?

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Law School, Talent.

It’s a small thing, but it’s been bothering me disproportionately, so I want to say a few words about one of my least favourite current phrases in the law:  “the best and the brightest.” It’s normally used in a talent recruitment or institutional marketing capacity to describe the very small group of the very best… Read more »

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