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WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Mike Giles Fieldfisher
Mike Giles
Finance director
Fieldfisher

Case study:
Power to reprocess
p29

Moira Slape, HRD, Travers Smith
Christopher Young
Principal consultant and head of risk and BD practices
Pinnacle

Comment
Get risk-ready for 2021
p8

Andy Bevan Pulsant
Sarah Walker-Smith
Chief executive
Shakespeare Martineau

Big interview:
Brand promises
p15

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Mike Madden
Senior business consultant
Wilson Allen

Comment:
Processing the case for change
p9

David Carter, NRF
David Aird
IT director
DAC Beachcroft

Feature:
At home with risk
p11

Karen Jacks, CTO Bird Bird
Graham Thomson
Chief information security officer
Irwin Mitchell

Comment:
Reach for the hero
p6

Mike Giles Fieldfisher
Vincent Giolito
Professor of strategy
Emlyon Business School

Opinion:
A lesson in servant leadership
p7

Darren Mitchell, Hogan Lovells
Darren Mitchell
Global chief operating officer
Hogan Lovells

Feature:
At home with risk
p11

Sid Welham, headshot
Ben Bruton
Litigation partner
Winston & Strawn

Last words:
Response times
p52

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ISSUE IN BRIEF

Briefing November 2020: Alert to change

In the final Briefing of 2019, we rather stated the obvious: the law firm of 2020 – a staple talking point at industry events for so many years before – was just around the corner. Would all those 2020 visions that pundits and firms alike had talked up now come to pass? Smarter resourcing that puts the efficiency of process, plus fairness, first? Significantly reduced need for piles of paper to tackle both legal and admin workloads? Greater investment in research and development of new products and channels that make it simpler for clients to access the services they want? Action on corporate carbon footprint, alongside greater uptake of videoconferencing perhaps? More pressure to take agile working to another level?

BRAND PROMISES

The national law firm Shakespeare Martineau has just become a group of individual LLPs and brands. Sarah Walker-Smith tells Richard Brent why 2020 is the year for strategic and structural transformation

PROBLEMS WITH SOLUTIONS

Tom Bedford, partner in the solicitors’ risk team at DAC Beachcroft, considers the challenges of conducting client due diligence and executing documents during Covid-19

AT HOME WITH RISK

What could the increased threat and uncertainty offered up by the year 2020 mean for the world of law firm risk management in future? Briefing deputy editor Kayli Olson reports

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