working to the beat of your own drum

Working to the beat of your own drum

A moment captured in time. 1990. Guildford Law School Rugby team. Proud winners of the South-East England Colleges Cup final. Training contracts and legal careers a road waiting to be travelled. Continue reading…

Turn and face the strain ch-ch changes

The 20th century philosopher, Alan Watts, said “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” and in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, I think it’s fair to say that most law firms have been alive to this necessity. Continue reading…

Brexit

A leaky defence or leaky borders? What are the implications of a European exit?

I write this blog in the knowledge that in a week’s time there is every possibility we will no longer be at the same table as the elite of Europe and I talk in respect of both the European Football Championships and the European Referendum. Continue reading…

Carpe Diem

Last week I attended the memorial service of a school friend.

Pete had spent the majority of his professional life working in industry but for much of that time had harboured a desire to do something else; something worthwhile. Finally, a few years ago, he turned his back on the corporate world and went off to Tajikistan with VSO, eventually securing a paid job with GIZ, an award winning German NGO, fighting poverty. Shortly after, he was cruelly diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Continue reading…

Back to the future

A couple of weekends ago, while clearing out the attic, I came across a 2003 edition of Legal Business with a cover declaring “SPEAK YOUR MIND – the partner survey: inside the heads of the UK’s legal Elite.”

Intrigued, I sat down to see what was on the minds of partners in 2003. Post Sarbanes-Oxley and pre-Lehman Brothers; Ashurst still had its Morris and Crisp and the moniker “silver circle” had yet to be penned. Continue reading…