Last year beaton published one of the first reports on how corporate clients view innovation as a strategy for themselves and what they seek from their outside BigLaw firms. The extracts from the findings are illuminating and are worth contrasting with Gartner‘s report on digital transformation of law departments. beatoncompass report on client-led innovation  When asked ‘What makes law firms innovative’ only 15% gave answers related to any kind of technology. To beaton, this is not…
Legal innovation is pyrexial, the tempo fever is at fever pitch. Ron Friedmann provides evidence and explains why he thinks it’s happening. My views here will be tested and perhaps changed by the ILTACON 2019 conference workshop on 20 August 2019 in Orlando, FL. I will co-lead, with Cheryl Disch (Duane Morris) and Joshua Fireman (Fireman & Company), an interactive workshop focused on practical innovation and how organizations can better develop and vet ideas, and then move…
Legal innovation is pyrexial, the tempo fever is at fever pitch. Ron Friedmann provides evidence and explains why he thinks it’s happening. My views here will be tested and perhaps changed by the ILTACON 2019 conference workshop on 20 August 2019 in Orlando, FL. I will co-lead, with Cheryl Disch (Duane Morris) and Joshua Fireman (Fireman & Company), an interactive workshop focused on practical innovation and how organizations can better develop and vet ideas, and then move…
I published a shorter version of Stop trying to differentiate your firm in The Australian Financial Review on 3 May 2019 and later the full text as on my blog, Relationship Capital. Editor: Joel provocative opening paragraph struck a nerve: “99% of Australia’s full-service law firms have a strategy based on seeking clear market differentiation. In my view, they’re largely wasting their time and money.” So it’s a pleasure to bring the full text to readers…
In Remaking News of the Week: Why Breakaways and Boutiques are Flourishing I feature a piece from LAW.COM titled Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques. Why These Young Lawyers Are Sold on Smaller Firms. I commend the read and, if you’re inclined, podcast because it cogently reminds larger BigLaw business model firms that they are no longer the talent magnet they’ve been accustomed to for all of living memory.   Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques was…
In Remaking News of the Week: Why Breakaways and Boutiques are Flourishing I feature a piece from LAW.COM titled Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques. Why These Young Lawyers Are Sold on Smaller Firms. I commend the read and, if you’re inclined, podcast because it cogently reminds larger BigLaw business model firms that they are no longer the talent magnet they’ve been accustomed to for all of living memory.   Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques was…
Remaking News of the Week: 4 BIG Legal Tech themes in 2019 is a long – and very worthwhile – piece published in Artifical Lawyer on 2 August. It’s tech journalism at its best; I commend readers to invest the time to study 4 BIG Legal Tech themes in 2019 and, as always, form your own views. Please do share your comments. “Loads is happening, the market is evolving rapidly, the world of legal tech…
Law schools’ lost opportunities by regular Dialogue contributor  extends our discourse of legal education and the need to modernise law schools in the face of rapidly changing needs and the technological revolution.       Law schools have ceded an opportunity to shore up their balance sheets and to do right by grads, the legal industry, and the broader society. How? They have failed to transition from three-year degree stopovers to learning centers…
Law schools’ lost opportunities by regular Dialogue contributor  extends our discourse of legal education and the need to modernise law schools in the face of rapidly changing needs and the technological revolution.   Law schools have ceded an opportunity to shore up their balance sheets and to do right by grads, the legal industry, and the broader society. How? They have failed to transition from three-year degree stopovers to learning centers for…
Continuing Heather Suttie’s Analysis of the Big Four: Next Big Bite is an insightful look at just how far and fast the Big Four are likely to encroach on BigLaw’s patch. Heather’s post is well-timed! In the last two months two Australian-based former managing partners of King & Wood Mallesons, a premier BigLaw firm, have been named global heads of PwC Legal and KPMG Legal. A certain sign of the times      …