Does your firm have the attributes of a world class sales organization?

10.09.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
The Heiman Research Institute conducts an annual survey of worldwide organizations to determine what differentiates those that are the best in sales from all the others. While all types of companies were included in the survey, the report breaks out professional service firms from the rest. Relative to other types of businesses, professional service firms, a category Read More

Gender Bias and the Compensation Gap

09.15.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our last post Why Aren’t There More Women Leaders and Why Should Firms Care? addressed many of the reasons that women are not advancing to top levels in their firms.  Many of the impediments and biases we summarized also can be found in the discrepancies between male and female compensation for equity partners. According to “Closing the Gap,” a Read More

Succession Part 2: Transitioning to Tomorrow’s Leaders

08.06.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As noted in our previous post Succession Part 1: Holding onto Clients When Senior Rainmakers Retire, over the next ten years over 65% of baby-boomer, equity partners are expected to retire. (Since we focused on Transitioning Clients in that post, we will not address it again in this one.) Many of these partners likely also are Read More

Succession Part 1: Holding onto Clients When Senior Rainmakers Retire

07.28.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As if law firms don’t have enough to worry about in this era of more discerning and demanding clients, pressures on rates and profitability and more stringent competition, it is estimated that over the next ten years sixty-five percent of baby boomer equity partners will retire. While some firms are using early retirement and de-equitization Read More

The Future is Here: 10 Trends and What Your Firm Should be Asking Itself

07.11.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Two things are clear right now. First, dramatic changes have already occurred and will continue to occur in the legal profession (actually, most are affecting all sectors of the economy.) Second, these and other new changes will be permanent, i.e., this is not a pendulum swing that will swing back. The marketplace is driving these Read More

Is Your C-Suite Siloed or Collaborative?

06.12.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As law firms continue to strive to run themselves as businesses, more are hiring senior level business executives who do not have law degrees or who have joint JD/MBA degrees but who likely have more experience in business than practicing law. Most law firm CEOs in the US and UK, however, are lawyers, many of whom still Read More

Are Project Management and Process Improvement Just Fads?

05.30.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Like many things occurring in the profession right now, this is a trend that is here to stay. Clients want their legal work done faster, cheaper and smarter and they know that there are good practices in place in other professions and businesses that can be adapted to the practice of law.  Companies like GE Read More

Value Post 4: How Law Firms and In-House Counsel Can Co-Create Value

05.06.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
As we proposed in our previous post Value Post 3: Like Law Firms, GCs Must Deliver More Value to Their Clients, general counsel face many of the same pressures that their outside lawyers do when it comes to demonstrating their value to their clients – the business side of their companies. Much of the legal press Read More

Value Post 3: Like Law Firms, GCs Must Deliver More Value to Their Clients

05.05.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Law firms have been so wrapped up in their own challenges that they often neglect to think about the fact that legal departments are also under substantial pressure to deliver value to the business. General Counsel may consider their outside lawyers a “necessary evil,” but many company executives and boards consider their in-house lawyers a Read More

Value Post 2: Your Value Proposition Should be a Differentiator

04.15.13 | Posted By: Susan Duncan
Our last post Value Post 1: What Does Value Mean in Law Firms? discussed the meaning of value in the law firm/client context including the ways that clients define and measure the value they receive from their lawyers. This second post explores how firms can articulate value to help them differentiate and excel in attracting, satisfying and Read More