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WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Mike Giles Fieldfisher
Shirley Woolham
CEO
Minster Law

Interview:
Claims to change
p17

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

Comment
Priority productivity
p10

Andy Bevan Pulsant
Matthew Kay
Managing director
Vario at Pinsent Masons

Comment
Flexible fast forward
p8

Marc anderson
Marc Anderson
Managing counsel
Simply Business

Comment:
Offers of a new year?
p9

David Carter, NRF
Joanna Swash
CEO
Moneypenny

Industry interview:
Still the time to talk
p52

Tomy Williams Jomati
Tony Williams
Principal
Jomati Consultants

Comment:
2020 – a catalyst for change?
p7

Briefing Mar19 Stephen James SAG
Stephen James
Founder and group CEO
sa.global

Industry interview:
Time for transformation
p44

Mark Ford
Mark Ford
Chief knowledge officer
Baker McKenzie

Brain Training:
Legal creation conundrum
p36

Rachel Barnes
Rachel Barnes
Head of collaborations
Ashurst Advance

Brain Training:
Beyond the boundaries
p40

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ISSUE IN BRIEF

Briefing February/March 2021 cover image

The theme of Time To Talk day 2021 was the ‘power of small’ – which feels like something big law firms need to reflect on as they seek to keep their organisations pulling together, their cultures preserved, people engaged – and indeed that dispersed productivity humming – through these extraordinarily challenging times. Initiatives, change projects, commitments and communication drives are all undeniably important, but the barrier mass homeworking poses to finding that serendipitous ‘watercooler moment’ has been widely acknowledged. It’s when you’re queuing for the kettle you realise you need a catchup with somebody about something else – so something useful happens that otherwise may not. But points like this can also be a good opportunity to share how you’re feeling, or of course that you’re struggling. This needs thought, not just as we enter the second year of a terrible pandemic with choices restricted, but also as organisations consider how they want to work in the longer term.

ENGAGING SUCCESS

A recent Briefing roundtable, with Wilson Allen, considered the challenges for law firms when leveraging business development data to drive change. Richard Brent reports

LEGAL CREATION CONUNDRUM

In a two-part exploration of the state of legal business innovation, Mark Ford, chief knowledge officer, Baker McKenzie, first considers the persistent challenges in the traditional law firm ecosystem

TIME FOR TRANSFORMATION

Stephen James, founder and group CEO of leading Microsoft partner sa.global, says many law firms may have managed a relatively smooth transition to remote working, but the big winners will be those embracing true business transformation

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Support for agility

How is software supporting firms to change?
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Legal IT landscapes 2021

Has a year of Covid-19 transformed law firms' technology wants and needs?