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Is resourcing the key to unlocking an efficient future?

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WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Axel Koelsh
Russ Martin
Resource planning lead, Ashurst

Featured insight
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Lena Kearney
Lena Kearney
Strategy manager, Mishcon de Reya

Featured insight
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Michelle Ainsworth
Resource manager, strategic planning, Reed
Smith

Featured insight
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LSD team
Nick Hull
Head of IT development, Mishcon de Reya

Featured insight
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Stuart Whittle - Weightmans
Stuart Whittle
Innovation director, Weightmans

Featured insight
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Dave Cook
Founder and CEO of Mason & Cook

Industry interview:
Guard work
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Chris Laws
Catherine Walker
Inward investment director, Invest Newcastle

Industry analysis:
Time for technology
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Darrell Mervau
Karen Skillman
Head of business support services, Mitie Document Management

Industry analysis:
Capacity complex
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ISSUE IN BRIEF

In its 25th anniversary law firms survey report, PwC pointed to the growing challenge of “spare capacity” in the legal ranks. Although firms had successfully kept control of their partner numbers, some other aspects of business management needed close attention.

But there’s also the question of how work is handled on a far more micro level. Historically, it was down to many partners to pick and choose who they wanted on a particular job in the pipeline – and of course, they’d probably be mentoring the chosen ones alongside such management, developing close and trusted relationships (a bit like they like to have with their clients). As firms have expanded through ever more complex strategies, however, the potential for inefficiency in purely one-on-one relationships becomes that much more of a problem.

 

GUARD WORK

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Legal work has traditionally been dished out to hungry associates by partners – but firms are (trialling) putting a stop to that. Richard Brent speaks to Dave Cook, founder and CEO of Mason & Cook, about introducing work allocation

TIME FOR TECHNOLOGY

Newcastle has one of the fastest-growing tech communities outside London and law firms are using this to their advantage when it comes to optimising resources says Catherine Walker, inward investment director at Invest Newcastle

CAPACITY COMPLEX

Karen Skillman, head of business support services at Mitie Document Management, explains how best to maximise utilitisation and reduce spare capacity at your firm

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