Editor(s): Bill Knight, OBE

Publication date: Jun 2021

Format: A4 Softback

Pages: 108

Price: £85.00

ISBN: 9781787424623

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If you want to understand how to run a people business, the best starting point is the people who already perform that role. Bill Knight has produced an insightful and engaging snapshot of people who manage people. This book is a wise investment both for leaders and the people they lead.

- Guy Beringer CBE, Chair of the Legal Education Foundation and former Senior Partner, Allen & Overy

This short and well-constructed book is described by its publishers as a special report. It is a collection of 10 interviews with managing and senior partners from leading firms from Europe and beyond...The contributions are from a diverse group of lawyers, many of whom have been with their firms for their whole career. They seem approachable, committed and passionate about the law. Written in the shadow of Covid, the contributors share their experience of leadership.

- David Pickup, The Law Society Gazette

This Special Report contains candid interviews with managing and senior partners of law firms large and small, from Europe and the City to the high street and Africa.

We do not hear enough about running law firms from those who do the job. Here they talk frankly, free from jargon and management-speak, about their careers and what their role is really like. The interviews will cover everything from their first jobs to becoming a partner and reveal their key pieces of advice for all current and aspiring senior partners.

Most lawyers have to manage others at some point in their careers and anyone with management responsibilities in a law firm of any size will gain something from the hard-won experience of these leaders.

The report features interviews with, among others, Edward Braham (Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer), Kathleen Russ (Travers Smith), James Palmer (Herbert Smith Freehills), Rafael Fontana (Cuatrecasas), and Olayemi Anyanechi (Sefton Fross), providing readers with a variety of perspectives on running a law firm.

By lawyers, for lawyers, this report from senior members of the profession tells personal stories about their pathways to the law and gives their views on clients, management, the role of lawyers in society and the issues of the day. It will provide lasting and critical insights into the profession at this time of change and disruption.