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Change: Turn and Face the Strange

Change is coming. Are you ready? 


Change is hard. In 2020 we all faced a lot of change in what we did and how we did it. How we navigate change is a key theme running throughout this issue of Modern Lawyer.


This is definitely a significant moment for the legal profession. Once vaccines are rolled out and Covid-19 is not as immediate a threat, will we go back to the old ways of doing things?


Find out in our second issue!


Supporting teams undergoing change

  • In this second issue of our new-look journal, our regular Modern Lawyer round table discusses how to support teams that are undergoing rapid change with experts Chris Downie (CEO of legal tech company Pasabi), Christopher Grant (LawTech Director at Barclays Ventures), Sarah Macdonald (Chief Legal Officer, KFC, Western Europe) and Herman Stewart (Founder & Chief Executive, Every Child Needs A Mentor).
  • Dominique Ashby, founder of neuro@work, draws on her background in neuroscience and law to solve common problems that lawyers in law firms, law companies and legal departments face during times of change.

Find out how to adapt to change – and thrive

  • Jaap Bosman explores the concept of swarm intelligence in legal firms.
  • Tom Spence considers the opportunities and lessons we’ve learned from Covid-19 about how to stay connected in the virtual workplace.
  • Simon McCrum, author of The Perfect Legal Business, offers advice on how to create a unique ‘differentiator’ for your firm and truly stand out in a crowded field.



Issue date: 25th January 2021

Modern Lawyer (Print) ISSN 2634-548X

Modern Lawyer (Online) ISSN 2634-5498

Frequency: Quarterly

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And more…

This is only a taste of what’s on offer: we also have Tracey Sinclair on creativity and the law, an interview on empathy in the law with Luci Ingram (general counsel at Utility Warehouse and one of the youngest general counsel in the FTSE 250) and insights from our regular columnists.


The team, columnists and contributors:

  • Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Hogan Lovells, has a regular column, First Things First, looking at a range of topics including culture, inclusion, change and generally humanity in the profession.
  • Herman Stewart, 'The Mentor’s Mentor', writes about mentoring but also all its constituent parts such as leadership, influence and community.
  • The editor, Catherine McGregor has engaged with the in-house legal market for many years as a journalist, consultant and commentator. She is the author of Business Thinking in Practice for In-house Counsel: Taking Your Seat at the Table.

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Contents

Volume 4, Issue 4, January 2021

2

First things First -

Performance and authenticity

Bendita Cynthia Malakia

32

A legal life

Robert Nemec

36

Law firms need swarm

intelligence

Jaap Bosman

8

Modern Lawyer roundtable

Change – turn and face the

strange

Catherine McGregor

42

Integrating and staying

connected in a virtual

workplace – the

opportunities and

lessons from Covid-19
Tom Spence

18

Law firms – complete this

sentence: “you should use

my law firm because …”

Simon McCrum

21

The change agent – taking

the headache out of change
Dominque Ashby

49

Reverse mentoring

Solicitor apprentices from

BCLP’s Legal Apprenticeship

Programme

24

Creativity and the law
Tracey Sinclair

54

Pulling in different

directions – the challenge of

strategy within partnerships
Moray McLaren

28

Empathy and complexity –

navigating the waters of

business and law
Catherine McGregor talks

with Luci Ingram

62

The Mentor’s Mentor

Who mentors the mentor?

Herman Stewart

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

Catherine McGregor

Catherine works as an independent adviser to law firms and legal departments around the world. Her work focuses on the practical challenges for modern legal departments, in-house lawyers and their companies and the related challenges and opportunities for their advisors that understanding their clients can bring.


In addition to her role as editor of Modern Lawyer, Catherine is author of Business Thinking in Practice for In-house Counsel: Taking Your Seat at the Table, Editor-in Chief of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity and The Bar Magazine.

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