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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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  • 31 March, 2014

    Let’s face it, big professional services firms are difficult to tell apart

    . Accounting. Asia. Consulting engineering. Law. Other professional services. Strategy

    My colleague George Beaton recently blogged on the subject of “Crofting” as a metaphor for how to differentiate a professional services firm. Patrick McKenna of Canada commented and included a link to his Six Elements of Meaningful Differentiation article. This all got me thinking. As the former head of two international law firms in the […]

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  • 20 February, 2014

    What’s happening in China? Implications for professional services firms

    . Accounting. Asia. Consulting engineering. Law. Strategy

    The streets of Beijing no longer appear to be paved with gold, so one has to ask What’s happening in China? Not so long ago professional service firms seemed to regard China as the panacea for all their Western-centric financial difficulties. Now look. The Big Four’s local PRC offices have, subject to appeal, been banned […]

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  • 28 January, 2014

    How relevant are NewLaw firms in Asia?

    . Asia. Law. Strategy

    It’s timely to ask how relevant the NewLaw business model is in Asia. To date the emergence and proliferation of NewLaw firms have been largely confined to developed economies. Will the trend come to Asia? Or is the better question when will the NewLaw trend come to Asia?

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