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Expert, Insightful Guidance for Law Firms

I founded and for over 25 years led a multi-award-winning law firm. Today, I am a consultant and non-exec, acting as a trusted adviser to law firm leaders throughout the UK and internationally.

Am I Any Good?

It's a very fair question. You can judge by the testimonials from senior lawyers above and in full here. Clients say they find I am knowledgeable, pragmatic, enjoyable to work with and deliver results.

What I Think

I write and speak extensively - you can see all my articles here.

If you think we could be a fit, do call me on 0044 7968 484232, or email me at stephen@stephengold.co.uk. I am always delighted to talk confidentially, and completely without obligation.


I provide expert, practical guidance on: Leadership and Strategy, Making Rainmakers, Mergers and Acquisition, Tenders and Pitches, Coaching and Mentoring Key People.


Great rainmakers come in many shapes and sizes. There is no secret formula. Creating the right sales and marketing strategy, pricing well, communicating effectively and avoiding the bear traps are the vital skills, and they can all be acquired.

Leadership & Strategy

Successful strategy relies on two elements: the original conception and effective implementation. No two firms are the same, but the challenges are similar: Where do we play? How do we win?


The greatest demands often have little to do with client work, but with creating the right strategies for the business and ourselves, making successful relationships with colleagues, managing conflict, dealing with personal stress and managing the balance between our business and personal lives.

Tenders, Pitches and Pricing

Tendering and pitching are both art and science. The nuts and bolts of the proposition need to be right: people, price, sector experience, location, structural and financial robustness, and so on.


The decision to merge or be taken over is usually life-changing and rarely easy. There are competing pressures. What are the strategic imperatives for both sides? Does the prospect of new markets and greater resources compensate for loss of control or the risk of a valued culture being submerged?

Latest Publications

It’s predicted that in the wake of Covid, thousands of law firms will be forced to merge. Many of those doing the predicting are professional advisers on mergers, so one should not automatically take their crystal-gazing at face-value. But still, it’s not out of the question. Even before the pandemic, merger business was brisk, and there have been some notable deals during it.  Some of this activity has been strategic and successful. In other cases, it has had the whiff of two struggling bald men opting to share a comb. Having experienced personally one of the early significant cross-border mergers, and worked closely since with firms large and small on their own journey, here are what I think are rules for success, regardless of type and size of firm. 

Feb 22, 2021

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