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Allen & Overy’s Peerpoint, a signpost to a happier clients and contractors?

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WHAT'S INSIDE?

WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Andy Wansell - OJK
Pal Gillete
Co-founder,
Opt-in project

Our view:
Meeting match
p6

Andy Wansell - OJK
Michael Chissick
Managing partner,
Fieldfisher

Our view:
Meeting match
p6

Andy Wansell - OJK
Deborah Dalgleish
Head of diversity,
Ashurst

Reading list:
Ways to better days
p8

Andy Wansell - OJK
Matt Howells
Managing director,
Co-operative legal services

Upfront:
What's on your radar
p11

Stephen Allen
Stephen Allen
Former director of service delivery and quality,
DLA Piper

Speak up:
Swimming lessons
p12

Stephen Allen
Damien Behan
IT director,
Brodies

Opinion:
Fighting on the breaches
p14

Stephen Allen
Richard Punt
CEO,
Peerpoint

The big idea:
Contract skillers
p16

Stephen Allen
Richard Punt
Managing director for Asia Pacific,
Peerpoint

The big idea:
Contract skillers
p16

Stephen Allen
Louise Edwards
Marketing director,
Michelmores

Firm profile:
Silk-smooth support
p22

Stephen Allen
Andrew Maynard
Client services director,
Michelmores

Firm profile:
Silk-smooth support
p22

Stephen Allen
Mariella Miraglia
Lecturer in organisational behaviour,
Norwich Business School

Best practice:
Painfully present?
p26

Stephen Allen
Eric Sugden
Chief technology officer,
Thomson Reuters Elite

Industry analysis:
Cloud judgement
p30

Stephen Allen
David Espley
Chief technology officer,
LexisNexis

Industry interview:
One for all
p36

Stephen Allen
Jonathan Harris
Chief technology officer,
G3 Comms

Industry interview:
All about the journey
p38

Stephen Allen
Daniel Ibrahim
Director, strategic accounts EMEA,
NetDocuments

Industry interview:
Vanishing act
p40

Stephen Allen
Cathy Mattis
Head of legal project management,
Herbert Smith Freehills

Leaders at work:
Work in progress
p42

Stephen Allen
Joe Zoghbi
Managing director,
Minisoft

Industry interview:
Ruling the chase
p34

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ISSUE IN BRIEF

In this issue we wanted to talk about the idea of law firms setting targets for diversity in legal business management or leadership – but not as many people wanted to talk to us about it as we’d have liked. We thought that was a bit odd, and so – as I hope you’d expect – we’re going to talk about it anyway.

In this issue, Briefing meets the leaders of Allen & Overy’s flexible resourcing model Peerpoint, and hears, among other things, how exploring alternative career paths, possibly involving less traditional work patterns, could have a part to play in the diversity battle. But, of course, that’s just for the lawyers – what about all the others who make up a client-facing team?

 

CONTRACT SKILLERS

Allen & Overy’s Peerpoint prides itself on offering clients an enticingly efficient model of doing business – but is it also a vision of every firm’s future?

SILK-SMOOTH SUPPORT

Rare is the UK law firm uninterested in China’s advances – but only Michelmores has helped a Chinese firm to open here

CLOUD JUDGEMENT

Eric Sugden, chief technology officer at Thomson Reuters Elite, says cloud technology isn’t just perfectly safe – it’s a competitive advantage

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Richard Brent, editor-in-chief
Briefing

David Fazakerley, in-house legal CIO
CTS
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Virtual event: Burn your rule books, with NetDocuments


Richard Brent, editor-in-chief
Briefing