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WHAT'S INSIDE?

WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Andy Wansell - OJK
Mandy Reynolds
Director of marketing,
Stephens Scown

Reading list:
Promised brand,
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Andy Wansell - OJK
Derek Southall
Head of innovation and digital,
Gowling WLG

Upfront:
Whats on your whiteboard?
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Andy Wansell - OJK
Andrew Woolfson
Director of knowledge management and capability,
RPC

Speak up:
Story times,
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Andy Wansell - OJK
William Robins
Operations director,
Keystone Law

Opinion:
New model law,
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Andy Wansell - OJK
Andrew Telling
Head of knowledge management,
Taylor Wessing

Team profile:
Innovative linkers
p20

Andy Wansell - OJK
Debbie Cloake
Corporate senior professional support lawyer,
Taylor Wessing

Team profile:
Innovative linkers
p20

Andy Wansell - OJK
Saleh Abukmeil
Innovation hub product manager,
Taylor Wessing

Team profile:
Innovative linkers
p20

Andy Wansell - OJK
Colin Godfrey
Senior associate,
Taylor Wessing

Team profile:
Innovative linkers
p20

Andy Wansell - OJK
Dr George Beaton
Founder and author,
Beaton

Essay:
Are you worth it?
p24

Andy Wansell - OJK
Ben Farrow
Analyst,
Beaton

Essay:
Are you worth it?
p24

Andy Wansell - OJK
Mark Garnish
Development director,
Tikit

Industry interview:
Ahead in the cloud,
p28

Andy Wansell - OJK
James Gilding
Managing director,
Mitie

Industry interview:
Make the connection,
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Owen Bishop
Head of transformation,
Bevan Brittan

Leader at work:
Transform the day,
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ISSUE IN BRIEF

At our last Briefing editorial breakfast in December, we discussed how much time firms spend considering
whether popular management approaches and initiatives are really right for them. This issue’s feature topic of
agile working has rather a lot of followers. And it sounds good – including to me. You can’t deny these people are taking up less-pricey office space. But be honest – how much of this is copying competitors?

And as French employees win a new ‘right to disconnect’ from
digital life to combat national ‘info-obesity’, is the risk of  remote working burnout on the agile agenda? If you can’t manage what you can’t measure, hard management data must surely hold the key to an agile kingdom, too – however popular your policy.

LOCATING ADVANTAGE

Lots of law firms have launched agile working initiatives, stressing that it simply doesn’t matter where employees are located to get legal business done productively. But what’s the reality of agility? Briefing’s Kayli Olson investigates

INNOVATIVE LINKERS

Anyone at Taylor Wessing is welcome to invest their valuable time in innovation – but the knowledge management team is well placed to demonstrate exactly what’s involved

AHEAD IN THE CLOUD

Firms are failing to grasp the reality of agile working, but accessing more systems that contribute directly to productivity via the cloud is a clear direction of travel, says Tikit development director Mark Garnish

supplements

Support for agility

How is software supporting firms to change?
reports

Briefing special report: New model legal

How are firms preparing for the future office and workforce after lockdown?