Author(s): Chris Bull, Patrick J McKenna, Blane R. Prescott, James G. Perkins, Alastair Mitchell, Rod Harrington, Sherry Gini, Michael L. DeLargy

Publication date: Jan 2017

Format: Softback

Pages: 114

Price: £235.00

ISBN: 9781783582747

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For law firms considering restructuring their business to meet the demands of a highly competitive market, hiring an experienced chief operations officer (COO) is sure to be a consideration.

However, the reassignment of duties and shift in perspective this appointment will require may prove challenging for some firms. Finding the perfect match for a firm’s unique culture and requirements is a difficult yet essential task.

With input from a number of current law firm COOs and executive directors, alongside some of the most respected and sought-after consultants working in the legal space, Rise of the Legal COO examines the scope and variety of the legal COO role and how the challenges and demands of the position have altered as law firms have evolved over the last two decades.

Heavily backed up by the first-hand experience of the contributors, the book also covers key topics such as how the COO fits into and supports the firm’s leadership and  what happens when leaders transition, factors that influence success (or not) as a legal COO, and key considerations for law firms thinking about introducing or developing the role. 

This book features:

  • A number of current COOs at large and midsize law firms share first-hand experience of the role at one or more firms.
  • In exclusive interviews, current COOs talk about how they relate to and support other leadership positions, get buy-in for change, and how they add value in the role.
  • Insight is provided from sought-after consultants who regularly advise the leaders of big name law firms.
  • Key topics covered include the most popular COO models used in the legal sector and reasons for the adoption of each model, what makes a COO-MP relationship successful, and how to deal with leadership transitions.