The Dynamics of Conflicts

"Wanted:  Law Firm to Sue the UK’s Big Five Banks" is the headline of this piece at The Lawyer.  They report that, per their "research," 26 of the top 30 UK firms in the "Lawyer 100" are conflicted out of acting against...

Headhunting Your Next Managing Partner?

A contested election for managing partner?!  If your reaction is quelle horreur, perhaps you should think of taking a page from corporate-land and imagining not only that the race for the top spot might be competitive, but imagining that an outsider with a track...

The CIO/CFO Lingua Franca

"Finance is the language of business decisions."  True, or merely the imperialistic mindset of the MBA at work?  Agree or disagree, without some common language, decisions will not be made, and finance is at least a language tied to relatively...

We’re Merging Because We Can

"You ain’t seen nothing yet?"  That’s our instinctive reaction to the news over the weekend that Boston’s Ropes & Gray may be about to acquire the venerable New York IP shop, Fish & Neave.  Fish & Neave would be only...

Elect Your Managing Partner? Not so Fast.

One of the themes I recur to here is the indispensable role of leadership, and the ineffability of what makes a great leader.  Occasionally a leader will simply "emerge" as the breathtakingly obvious choice, a sort of leader by acclamation (although...

One in Twelve of your Brethren at Risk?

Will 8% of all lawyer jobs be "outsourced" by 2015?  So Forrester Research would have it.  GE’s inhouse department claims to have already saved $2-million by putting eight lawyers and nine paralegals in Gurgaon, India.  So the...
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