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Group Therapy for Managing Partners – session A

Time: 2:15 pm - 12:00 am

Date: Day 1 Monday 30 September 2019


This series of hosted round table discussions will focus entirely on how other firms deal with the challenges you face.  Led by your peers, the interactive and informal discussions follow Chatham House rules – giving you the freedom to speak your mind.  Small groups allow everyone to participate.  Restricted to managing partners, these information-sharing sessions will give insight into your peers’ challenges and provide solutions to your own.

There will be two 35-minute sessions.

A2  Strategies to engage and communicate internally
Which strategies are successful in engaging our employees and gathering ideas?  What’s the best way to communicate internally?  What will get people’s attention? How can we make sure our teams feel a part of things?  What are the tools that will help us improve engagement?
Richard Hill, Managing Director & Head of Operations, Gregg Latchams

A3 How law firms are deriving value from data analytics
We’ll look at how a mid-market firm is using data analytics in the practice – discussing not only the benefits, but also practical solutions to the typical  challenges facing law firms such as getting buy-in from partners and encouraging adoption.
Martin Hopkins, Managing Partner, Birkett Long

A4 The challenges of growth faced by regional practices
Organic growth is difficult to achieve in established markets.  Alternative options are to grow by acquisition, merger, by bolting on or through new service line provision.  All are costly and usually funded by the equity partners.  We’ll talk about our recent transaction, why we chose the course we did and how it’s working in practice.
Duncan Nicholson, Managing Partner, Tollers

A5  Partner performance and reward structures
How can we measure partner productivity? Then how can we reward them?  What are other firms doing?
Edward O’Rourke, CEO (Partner), Ashtons Legal

A6 Substance over form – putting people first
If you put people ahead of structure, the substance over the form, policy and productivity will follow. 
Joanna Kingston-Davies, Group Chief Operating Officer, Jackson Lees Group

A7  Innovation – knowing what this means and how your firm benchmarks
Reviewing recent innovation benchmarking findings from 80 firms and the key themes that emerged
Simon Drane, Managing Director, Earlsferry Advisory
Ben Kent, Founder, Spiranti


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