We all know the adorable adage about lawyers that they don’t want to be first, but they want to be first to be second.

Having worked in legal for almost 18 years, I’ve seen this proven to be true over and over again. And as a result, it means that we can learn a lot from what our competitors are doing. It doesn’t mean that we copy them, by any means, but it does mean that when we ask ourselves some challenging questions in the context of our own firm or business activities, we can improve our own goals and focus.

I’ve found there are four key questions that we can ask about our competitors that help us identify what we could be strengthening in our own firms and businesses, and when we review these regularly, we can stay ahead of the marketplace. As a note, when you’re reviewing your competitors, you want to limit this to 3-5 of them, since these are in-depth tactics.
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It’s the dregs of August. It’s hot and humid. You may be in the office or you may not be. But if you are, this may be the time of year when you start to feel…stuck.

August is like the 4 pm of the day, the Sunday of the week, and while there are beautiful descriptions of how to languish in a porch rocker, listening to the crickets and cicadas while sipping a cool drink as you watch the condensation slowly make its way down the glass…I am not an August person.

Also, some of us may be stuck in the frozen tundra of an air-conditioned office and not sitting languorously anywhere and so the need to feel “unstuck” is a very real one – alas, for me, my home office is the hottest room in my house, so that’s not me either. I’m more like an office hobbit, hunched in front of my laptop, dreaming of crisp fall days and pumpkin-spiced lattes (only a week away!).

But, I digress.
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We are delighted to welcome a new member firm, Akerman, in Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio). The firm will also represent the ILN in New Orleans, Louisiana, Atlanta, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado.

Akerman is a full-service firm known for delivering results across the full scope of their practice areas, including Litigation and Arbitration, Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Consumer Financial Services, Construction, Data and Technology (CFS+); Corporate; Government Affairs and Public Policy; Healthcare; Intellectual Property; Labor and Employment; Real Estate; and Tax.
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Tiago Dias José is a partner at MGRA & Associados in Lisbon, Portugal, where he focuses on public law. In this episode, Lindsay and Tiago delve into the ways in which the pandemic and the war in Ukraine continue to impact the legal profession and how lawyers can equally impact these global crises, and managing a law firm in modern times.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.
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Yadira Flores is a partner in Fogler Rubinoff‘s Business Law department and is a member of the firm’s Indigenous Business Law practice group. Myriah Graves is the firm’s Director of Professional Development and formerly a litigator with the firm, who began as an articling student there. In this episode, Lindsay speaks with Yadira and Myriah about the impact of the pandemic on women, both generally and in the legal profession, how the return to work and continuing of hybrid working may continue to disproportionately affect women and their opportunities for advancement, and the ways in which young lawyers have also been impacted. This was a fun and fascinating conversation.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.


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Now. Before you freak out and imagine that I’m suggesting that you become either a bard or a liar, just bear with me for a little bit to understand what I mean by “storytelling.” (Hopefully, you’ve also read last week’s post as well.)

Daily, we interact with lots of people – this happens in person, at our offices, in the coffee shop, at our kids’ sporting events, or in art classes. It happens online, through our group chats, text messages with friends, Facebook shares, LinkedIn comments, etc. We interact so much and so frequently, that we’ve reached a real saturation point with these interactions, and even with our professional messages, we can see a lack of care that a lot of us are giving to the details over the tools and the shiny new thing. Instead, we’re just blindly producing more and more and more and more, adding more noise (as Adrian Lurssen would say).
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We are pleased to announce the addition of C. Mputhia Advocates, Kenya.

C. Mputhia Advocates is an award-winning, Nairobi-based law firm, whose main vision is to be a change agent in the legal and business environment. C.Mputhia advocates recently launched its strategic plan with a theme of pioneering, globalization, and innovation. C.Mputhia advocates offers advice to international businesses seeking to establish a presence in Africa. The firm has provided policy and legislative advisory services for various international bodies including the World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO) in drafting the Copyright and Collective Management Organization Regulations for the Kingdom Of Eswatini.
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Michael Tinkler is an experienced commercial and real estate lawyer at Burton Partners, the ILN’s member for New Zealand. In this episode, Lindsay and Michael discuss the hot property market in New Zealand, the challenges of finding good talent, and the things that unite us.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.

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The short answer? Both!

After two-plus years of being limited to almost entirely virtual meetings, we’ve learned that there are huge benefits to doing things online. But many people were also chomping at the bit to get back to seeing each other in the flesh. So that begs the question – which is better? It turns out that we need both and for different reasons. So while you may be tempted to toss your ring light forever in favor of jumping back onto planes…not so fast. Let’s look at the pros of both types of meetings and see why you need to keep them all in your diary.
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We are thrilled to welcome a new member firm, BNM Advocates, Kampala, Uganda.

BNM Advocates is a full-service firm, positioned in the market to provide corporate legal advisory services to businesses. They guarantee that their clients will save money, grow revenues, protect and grow their assets, minimize legal and business risk exposure. The firm values