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Across Borders: Scottish Law Firm Mergers with Larger Practices from Elsewhere - Neither Failure nor Betrayal

It is neither a failure nor a betrayal for a Scottish law firm to choose to merge with a larger practice from elsewhere.My latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland explores the hot topic of Scottish law firms merging with larger practices from elsewhere, particularly with English law firms, and looks at the strategic reasons for such mergers.Read the article in full here and read more about law firm mergers on my website here.
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Law firm pricing: Where bullocks fear to roam

When clients complain about the unpredictability of fees, lawyers often chide them that the law is not like a can of beans. But the recent travails of one beans baron hold lessons for us all.My latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland explores the hot topic of law firm pricing, serving up analogies from the supermarket industry.Read more here.
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It's fine to be a specialist, but don't ignore the world beyond

The days of the generalist lawyer are well behind us. When I first started down the primrose path of private practice, the profession was full of polymaths who would think nothing of drafting a will, a title and a shareholders’ agreement in the morning, before heading off to court in pursuit of an interdict or a not guilty.Today, the specialists rule, their fields narrowing by the day.My latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland explores the trend towards greater specialisation in legal services, but highlighting the risks of ignoring the world beyond.Read more here.
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Collegiality? It's overrated. The very best firms ascend through dissent

“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.” (John Wooden, the most successful US basketball coach, ever)In my latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland, I explain why dissent within professional firms is crucial for their success.Read more here.
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36% annual rise in LawCare cases. UK law firms should implement a support policy

I have recently published a new Opinion piece entitled 'The Law - It's Just Mental' in the Law Society of Scotland's Journal regarding the recently reported 36% annual rise in LawCare cases across the UK.

LawCare outlined that stress was the most common problem with lawyers in the UK, which affects nearly 75% of callers, followed by depression (12%) and alcohol (6%). As I note within the article:-

There is a valuable role here for faculties and the Law Society of Scotland to supplement LawCare’s great work by establishing local panels of specialists able to provide rapid, skilled support.Further, I believe there is a strong case for it to be compulsory for all firms to have a published policy on this issue, which positively encourages staff to seek help. Light is always the best antiseptic. The message must always be: “It could be you, there is no stigma, and we are here to catch you if you fall.Please do read my article in full here.
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