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How Law Firms Should Prepare for the Future of Legal Services (HighQ SmartLaw Book Contribution)

HighQ, a UK-based software company serving the legal market, recently initiated  a conversation about SmarltLaw. It started with a website earlier this year. This month, the company released a short e-book that asked 15 experts to answer the question “What do you believe lawyers and l

The Coming Changes in How Lawyers Practice

In this century we have seen dramatic changes in the legal market. From a period of plenty, we moved to one of seeming scarcity. Many commentators suggest that the legal market has been, is being, or will be disrupted. I have a different point of view: if the 2007-10 economic crisis d

What are the Managing Partner, Practice Group Leader and COO Thinking? (Live from P3)

This is a live post from P3, the Practice Innovation Conference. This session is What are the Managing Partner, Practice Group Leader and COO Thinking?.  I have appended the session description and speaker bio at the end of this post.  [I post this as a session ends so please forgive

The Science of Data in Support of Pricing (Live from P3)

This is a live post from P3, the Practice Innovation Conference. This session is The Science of Data in Support of Pricing.  I have appended the session description and speaker bio at the end of this post.  [I post this as a session ends so please forgive any typos or of my misunderst

Is Legal Ripe for an Uber-like Disruption?

Is legal ripe for an Uber-like disruption? That is the question my friends at Logikcull posed to me when they invited me to an audio interview. My short answer: no! In October 2015, I spoke with Logikcull on innovation and disruption in the legal market. The audio is at the Logikcull 

Top Three Legal Tech Trends in 2015

Earlier this year, Aderant, via its Think Tank, asked several legal market experts “What are the top legal technology trends so far in 2015?”. Aderant published its synthesis of the answers here on 24 July 2015. The detailed answers of each expert about legal tech appear here (see end

Do Large Law Firms Work Differently from Each Other?

I wonder if lawyers at large law firms practice differently. With all the discussions about strategy and competitive differentiation, I rarely read about how lawyers do their work. And I believe this matters more than the market thinks. What do I mean by how lawyers work? Examples inc

Disruption is Dead but Change Lives – What Big Law Needs to Do to Succeed

I will start the new year with thoughts about the future. I see continued evolution of the Big Law market. That evolution is nicely captured in the  Citi Private Bank – Hildebrandt Consulting LLC 2015 Client Advisory (PDF), which I summarize and comment on here. I especially lik

Legal Market and Large Law Firm Trends from TRI COO – CFO Conference

This is a live blog post from the Law Firm COO & CFO Forum by Thomson Reuters. The opening session is The Market Setting – Trends Driving New Approaches to Legal Practice, which covers large law firm trends and the legal market.. The presenters are James Jones, Senior Fellow

Big Law Changing or Being Disrupted?

The legal market has seen a running debate since the economic crash: is Big Law being disrupted?  My short answer is no, it’s only changing. It’s not the three conferences in February alone on this question that prompt me to write today.  Rather, it’s the appearance