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  • 30 January, 2015

    Origins of the modern law firm: Insights and omens

    . Law. Other professional services. Strategy

    Beaton Capital is delighted to publish ‘Origins of the modern law firm: Insights and omens’, the first post from Ed Reeser on our blog. We are all privileged to have this access to Ed’s encyclopaedic knowledge and incisive interpretation of the industry. You are invited to welcome Ed and join this important conversation. 

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  • 28 January, 2015

    Clients and Firms of the Future: How to Compete – a new format conference from Beaton Capital and Future Exploration Network

    . Accounting. beatonlive. Consulting engineering. Disruption. Engineering. Health. Law. LPO. Management consulting. Other professional services. Strategy

      Don’t miss this serious conversation for senior leaders in professional services about why and how firms will have to change to compete profitably for clients in the future.  The major themes explored on the day will include: Why and how clients are changing the way they buy professional and other B2B services The strategic […]

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  • 20 January, 2015

    How much is my firm worth?

    . Accounting. Consulting engineering. Engineering. Law. Management consulting. Mergers & Acquisitions. Other professional services. Strategy

    Late last year Spruson & Ferguson, an IP professional services firm, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange at a valuation of 13.9 times its profit on revenue of $82.8m. From what I can glean from the prospectus $160m was raised for the 19 partners, with none of this capital remaining in the business.  The expression […]

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  • 15 January, 2015

    Fresh thinking on the evolving BigLaw–NewLaw taxonomy

    . Law. Strategy

    January 22, 2015 revision. Based on public and private feedback from many sources, I have revised the title of this post by changing the notion of a ‘continuum’ to one of a ‘taxonomy’. No other changes have been made to the original post. As the conversation develops, I will add Comments to reflect the prevailing thinking where I […]

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  • 13 January, 2015

    To grow profitably, what was on your firm’s Christmas wish list?

    . Law. Strategy

    As the managing partners of mid-tier law firms settled down for a well earned break during the festive season, they might have stopped to consider how their firms are going to grow profitably in 2015? I suspect many will have had laterals on their firm’s Christmas wish list. A recent survey of Australian law firms, published recently […]

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  • 12 January, 2015

    Applying Clayton Christensen’s theories to BigLaw vs NewLaw

    . Law. Strategy

    Harvard’s Clayton Christensen introduced his theory of disruptive innovation in The Innovator’s Dilemma, published in 1997. While challenged earlier last year in an article in The New Yorker, Christensen’s work on the origins and consequences of disruptive innovation continues to be held as gospel in management thinking. In 2013 he applied his theory to the management […]

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  • 8 January, 2015

    2015 outlook for legal services in Singapore

    . Asia. Law

    I’m off to the Lion City next week and wonder what I will find as I assess the 2015 outlook for legal services in Singapore.   At the beginning of last year the market seemed to echo the opening words of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities – “It was the best of times, it was […]

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