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I am retained as a non-exec, trusted adviser and personal mentor to well-known law and professional firms and their senior people. I work all over the UK and a little overseas. My practice reflects my career as a successful legal entrepreneur during a time of unprecedented change.

Head & shoulders above: It’s visible experts who see off the competition

In my latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland, I look at how you can win influence to gain market share – how you can establish authority and become a visible expert... As always, views and comment welcome.

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Looking for a new strategy? Hop it to leg school.

In my latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland, I look at the link between legs and legal services - which may be closer than you think...  As always, views and comment welcome.

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The Right Kind of Risk

In search of the right strategy? Embrace your inner risk taker.

My latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland encourages taking the right kinds of risks to push your business forward. "Courage is willingness to take the risk once you know the odds. Optimistic overconfidence means taking the risk because you don’t know the odds. It’s a big difference.” (Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and the founder of behavioural economics.)

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When life begins at 60

Leonard Cohen and Tesco have much to teach us about later life and Lawyers.



My latest Opinion article in The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland explores the increasing number of business leaders that are of a pensionable age. By the end of the decade, these “Boomerpreneurs”, as Future Laboratory calls them, will top 2 million. A life consisting of Saga cruises, golf, bridge and Antiques Roadshow is emphatically not for them.

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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.

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COVID-19:

This is a time to stand together and support one another.  For the duration of this crisis, UK law firm leaders seeking guidance, support or a listening ear are welcome to contact me in confidence, without charge. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a video or phone call. 

In over forty years of successful legal practice and consulting, I’ve seen many crises come and go. We will survive this one, and if we are thoughtful and determined, emerge stronger.