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Practical Steps for Undertaking Change in Legal

Change can be intimidating. Whether you find it exciting or not, even those of us who are the most adept at it can find it daunting and exhausting. In the legal industry, where change is historically slow, when it happens at all, it can be even more overwhelming. We hear an awful lot about it, … Continue Reading

What’s Holding us Back from Real Change in Legal?

“Change or die.” How many times have you heard that over the last eight years? A friend of mine in the legal industry pointed that out to me recently, along with commenting that it always sounds so dire. And it does sound dire. But after the statistics that we covered in a recent post (1/3 of clients are openly … Continue Reading

CLOC: Change is a Drumbeat

Any time you pick your head up from the daily work you’re doing in the legal industry, “change” is the drumbeat that you hear. Nowhere was that more apparent to me than at last week’s CLOC Institute – for those of you who aren’t familiar with CLOC, it’s the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium. They’re a … Continue Reading

Change: What’s Holding Us Back?

“Change or die.” How many times have you heard that over the last eight years? A friend of mine in the legal industry pointed that out to me yesterday, along with commenting that it always sounds so dire. And it does sound dire. But after the statistics that we covered in last week’s post (1/3 … Continue Reading

Law Firms: The Future is NOW

The “law firm of the future.” We’ve spent a lot of time talking about this in recent months, not because I find it to be interesting (which I do), but because other than my “Instagram for Lawyers” post, this has been the hottest topic on Zen this year. I had a conversation with a senior … Continue Reading

Law Firm of the Future: Are You Ready?

We’ve spent several weeks addressing the potential characteristics that the lawyers and law firms of the future will require in order to be successful. Today, we look at the last two contributors to High Q’s book on Smart Law and the Law Firm of the Future, but I invite all of you to continue to … Continue Reading

Law Firm of the Future: Get Ready to Change

Up until this point, as we’ve looked at the “law firm of the future,” we’ve mostly focused on the idea that we can take what we’ve been doing and adapt or tweak it in some way, so that we can continue on our paths and just improve ourselves. We’ve talked about embracing technology, making things … Continue Reading

Law Firm of the Future: It’s About the People

The law firm of the future continues to be a hot topic of discussion, not just here on Zen, but among lawyers around the world. Both at our recent ILN European Regional Conference and the Association of International Law Firm Network’s (AILFN) Inaugural Summit, the questions of “what comes next?” and “how do we prepare … Continue Reading

Law Firm of the Future: Move it or Lose It

“What they really need is leadership willing to make decisions.”  That’s what one reader feels is going to be required of the law firm of the future. And that’s true, isn’t it? Although it’s inherent in some of the responses we’ve seen from the authors included in HighQ’s book on Smart Law – in order … Continue Reading

The Law Firm of the Future Will Need a Perfect Storm

We continue to delve into the characteristics that will make up the most successful lawyers of the future. Last week, it was curiosity, innovation, open-mindedness, and a willingness to learn, which all really overlap. Today, we’ll look at what two more of the leaders in HighQ’s book on SmartLaw had  to say in answer to … Continue Reading

The Right Way to be a Lawyer of the Future

A couple of weeks ago, I shared HighQ’s eBook on Smart Law, addressing the question “What do you believe lawyers and law firms need to do to prepare for the future of legal services?” My response to their question is that firms need flexibility, and today and over the next few months, I want to … Continue Reading

Are You Ready for the Future of Legal Services?

A few months ago, I was contacted about SmartLaw. SmartLaw is the idea that there are three keys to a law firm’s success – their clients, their culture and the intelligent use of technology (this is per HighQ, a technology company who provides enterprise collaboration, file sharing & content publishing solutions to leading law firms, … Continue Reading
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