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Lawyers' Management Program


Doomed to mediocrity or equipped for success - the crucial importance of a forward thinking people strategy


This forum is designed for all those with an interest in and/or strategic responsibility for acquiring, keeping and making best use of key talent in a firm or legal department - including the talent of the partners and leaders themselves. It will be a self-standing discussion which will provide some preliminary thoughts from the panel on some of the key themes to be explored in depth during the Lawyers' Management Program 2014 and for which we have formulated some ‘provocative propositions’ to help stimulate the debate as follows:

  • The legal resourcing model is unsustainable. It is delivering too little return on investment for private practice, too high costs for in -house teams and not enough career flexibility for the lawyers of tomorrow.
  • People are now the only sustainable source of competitive advantage in most if not all legal businesses.
  • Lawyers will fail to compete successfully if they don't strike the right balance between the need to be entrepreneurial, agile and innovative and the need for robust risk management.

Whether or not you can ‘attend’ either of these forums [and we hope you will] you can find further details of the Lawyers' Management Program 2014 on


Monday 25 November 2013, 19.00 Continental European Time [18.00 GMT].


This is an online event, Register below and get connected.


Click on this link and leave your personal information. You will be receiving an email a few days before the beginning of the seminar with all the details on how to log in.


Please also make a note for your diary of a follow up complementary event to be held on 2 December, 2013 at 19.00 Continental European time [18.00 GMT] on the topic of

Strategy during changing times: Turning competitive challenges into competitive advantages?

Where Moray McLaren will be joined by a panel comprising:

  • Reena Sengupta, Founder at RSG Consulting.
  • Charles Martin, Senior Partner at Macfarlanes.
  • Stephen Blundell, Principal at KermaPartners.

Faculty for this Event

The following members of the LMP faculty have prepared the session and will develop the topic with participants.

Please see their details below:

Stephen Denyer

Stephen is Allen & Overy’s Global Markets Partner, with overall responsibility for leading and co-ordinating the approach to markets in which the firm does not yet have an established presence. In addition, he is Allen & Overy’s global representative with regulatory and professional bodies such as the IBA. His professional work has included M&A, privatisations, flotations and takeover bids in many parts of Europe.

Jill King

Jill King has over 30 years HR experience, including 20 years contributing to the success of three of the world’s largest professional services firms: For seven years until 2012 she was Global HR Director of Linklaters, implementing a global people strategy with practice leaders across the world to achieve their business goals; before that she was Global Director of HR and Knowledge Management at Hogan Lovells, during a period of rapid international growth and integration; and in the 1990s Jill spent eight years as HR Director at KPMG, responsible for a team supporting all practice disciplines in London and the South of England. Jill is a member of the Professional Services Think Tank and of the advisory board to Managing Partner magazine.

Sally Woodward

Sally has thirty years’ experience working with lawyers first as an academic, and a practising solicitor; then in a senior management role in a law firm, and more recently as a consultant and leadership coach specialising in supporting lawyers through organisational and personal change. She spent twelve years at Freshfields using the learning from her MBA studies at London Business School to help support its rapid growth and development into a leading international firm; and her current client base as an external consultant and coach includes many international law firms. She joined with Moray McLaren, Stephen Mayson and others to create the international Lawyers' Management Program at IE Law School.

Moray McLaren

Moray is a Senior Consultant at Kerma Partners. He has been working with professional service firms and particularly law firms since 1995 gaining experience across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA. Moray continues to write widely on law firm management, chairs a successful series of master classes for law firm leadrs, and is a regular conference speaker. Moray is the Co-Program Director of the Lawyers' Management Program and will be moderator of the online session.

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