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Law Firm of the Future: Are You Ready?

photo-1468645547353-56d325bb57ffWe’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 consider these issues and discuss them – particularly give some thought to whether the contributors missed anything you see as essential to law firms in the future and where you see our profession headed.

And what’s next? We’ve been looking at sort of where we’ll be in five or ten years, but not what the incremental steps will be to get there. So what is the first thing that firms and lawyers need to be doing in order to prepare themselves to be an effective law firm of the future? Is it embracing new technologies? Is it a shift in mindset at the leadership levels of the firm (or is that already happening)? Is it bringing in strong teams of professionals, not just lawyers? Are all of those things already taking place to some extent at many firms, and we just need to accelerate them?

What’s next?

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Week of November 7, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe are excited to be announcing our newest ILN member today – Salaberren y López Sansón (SyLS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina! The firm is a leading legal and tax boutique in Argentina, whose partners are recognized as industry leaders. You can read more about them in our press release about the membership announcement, and help to welcome them to ILN membership.

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Law Firm of the Future: Deeper Discussions Sought Here

photo-1470093309323-be5043d91fa6 (1)Last week, we considered the idea that maybe the law firm of the future was going to have to start from scratch in order to really generate change that matters. On LinkedIn, one commenter saw this as an opportunity for smaller firms to grab marketshare from BigLaw, as they are able to be more nimble and agile in a changing market, while one of the ILN’s members wondered how mid-sized firms, particularly in emerging markets, are able to properly prioritize the changes that clients want and need.

I tend to agree that where some may see change as a challenge, it does present a huge opportunity, especially for some smaller and mid-sized firms, but it not only requires us to ask some tough questions and take a critical internal look, it also means that we need to work collaboratively. When we work together – not just within our firms and organizations, but within the industry – we’re able to better identify both the questions and challenges AND the answers and solutions to these issues. We’ve talked before about how the law firm of the future will embrace a more collaborative approach, but I see the industry overall as taking on a more collaborative tone – without giving away any trade secrets, we can all work together to make the industry stronger and more client-centric. 

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Week of October 31, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’re welcoming a new face to the roundup this week, with a contribution from our Maltese firm on Brexit! Before you head out into the first November weekend, take a look through this week’s roundup of top posts from ILNToday:

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Law Firm of the Future: Get Ready to Change

photo-1477414348463-c0eb7f1359b6Up 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 better, using all of our people instead of just lawyers to be innovative and remain curious. And of course, none of these things are wrong. But are they too comfortable?

Are we just putting duct tape over a hole in our tire, instead of taking the tire off and putting on a new one?

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Week of October 24, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s hard to believe that we’re already at the end of October, but that is indeed the case with Halloween on Monday and the need to start planning for 2017 in earnest looming large. But before you rush back into your day, take a few moments to check out the top posts from this week on ILNToday!

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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 for it?” were on the tips of everyone’s tongues.

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Week of October 17, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’re here with another roundup for you this week, and excited to welcome into the fold one of our newest member firms, Hall & Wilcox. You may remember that we announced their membership last week, and so now you’ll get the benefit of their expertise in the weekly roundup as well, including an article looking at some new tax incentives for early stage investors. So grab a cup of coffee and take a look through our top posts from this week on ILNToday!

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Most Important Question the Candidates aren’t Answering

Not to fear! The title of this post doesn’t reflect a post that has anything to do with politics (whew!). Instead, it’s focusing on a question that you, as lawyers, should be answering for your clients, and it’s one that might surprise you.


This is not a commentary on the candidates for President this year.  I will not be telling you how to vote or for whom I am casting my ballot.

When I was in college and in law school, to make extra money, I would bartend.  The very first thing I was taught when I learned to bartend is there are three subjects which you never talk about to customers – sex, religion or politics.

So I am not here to discuss the issues, or even the candidates themselves.  Only to address the one question that, in my humble opinion, all candidates for office, including on the local, state or federal level seem never to answer: 

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Week of October 10, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupBefore we get into the roundup, we’re thrilled to announce the that ILN is officially welcoming a new member in Australia, Hall & Wilcox! For the full release, and to welcome our newest member, please take a look at the full article. We look forward to many years of fruitful cooperation with this excellent firm.

Now, on to the roundup!

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