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Monday, 16 June 2014 07:11

Law firm management by the numbers

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgOn May 8, the Managing Partner Forum 2014 Leadership Conference was held in Atlanta, Ga. The conference was hosted by John Remsen Jr., president and CEO of The Managing Partner Forum.
Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal and I were fortunate enough to be part of the faculty. Approximately 85 participants from more than 75 law firms (one Canadian firm attended) participated in the day-long session that began with an address by Timothy Corcoran, president of Legal Marketing Association and Principal of Corcoran Consulting Group. While Corcoran’s presentation was well done, the three memorable quotes for me were:
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgIn last month’s article, I outlined the important elements of online project and task organizing platforms as a means of managing file tasks and communications.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgLawyers are trained to be the voice of authority. Personal development means asking for feedback.
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Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Is your data an asset or a liability?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_May_DataStream.jpgThe proliferation of data and how it is being managed — or in most cases mismanaged — is causing more organizations to question whether they have information assets or liabilities.
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Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Keep your eye on the prize

Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
A shifting legal landscape is testing the resilience of large and small firms alike as they face the challenges of a post-recession world. The dissolution of Canadian legal giant Heenan Blaikie is a dramatic example of how things can quickly go wrong when partners losing confidence pull out in droves, taking their capital investment with them. Across North America and into the United Kingdom, there is increasing concern over the flow of money as large and mid-sized law firms report sharp revenue decreases as a result of increased competition for a shrinking pool of high-end work.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_April_MakingRain50.jpgPinstripe and Canadian Lawyer are delighted to have reached a major milestone in our fifth year of partnership: episode 50 of Making Rain! We are pleased to continue to work together to provide Canadian lawyers with monthly tips on enriching your practices and championing your business development efforts. To commemorate the big 50, this month’s episode is dedicated to the golden rules for your success.
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Monday, 21 April 2014 10:10

Saving your files: cloud or network?

The cloud allows the latest version of my legal work to be synced, saved, and secured but not every cloud provider can be trusted with confidential information.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgAt last count there were over 25 issues/reasons identified by the legal press (blogs, newspapers, magazines, etc.) that led to the unfortunate demise of Heenan Blaikie. To be clear, the misfortune I speak of is not the disappearance of the law firm itself, but of those who were affected as a result through no fault of their own but rather because of the seeming ineptness of others.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgE-mail will gradually diminish as a primary online communication tool in the coming decade.
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NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw, New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry
, by its very nature, shows how much the practice of law has changed. It is dubbed “a conversation about the future of the legal services industry,” and while Australian consultant George Beaton is billed as the author, it’s really a collaboration between dozens of lawyers, professors, and analysts from around the English-speaking world (including several Canadians, most notably Jordan Furlong).
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