Making Sense of Law Firms: Strategy, Structure and Ownership

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Blackstone Press, 1997 - Law firms - 566 pages
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In the last twenty years the legal profession has seen dramatic changes. Law firms, large or small, have had to manage through these changes. Some firms have been more successful than others, but on the whole the profession has emerged leaner and fitter. Making Sense of Law Firms is the first book to take a systematic look at the strategy, structure and ownership of law firms and, as such, it brings a unique approach to law firm management. The book describes the changing legal environment, explores the strategic choices for the firm and describes the proper application of appropriate business principles to law firms. The book is split into eight parts: Law firms as a Response to the Environment The Theory of the Law Firm Law Firms as Business Organisations Law Firms as Client-Driven Organisations Law Firms as Social Organisations Law Firms as Economic Organisations Ownership of Law Firms The Way Ahead

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Contents

Economic Environment 4 1 4 The Professional Environment
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Law Firms as Organisations
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Evolution and Lifecycle Analysis 27 2 4 Druckers Theory of
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About the author (1997)

Stephen Mayson qualified as a lawyer in 1977. He became one of the first consultants to the legal profession in 1985. Since that time he has built up an impressive reputation, acting as a management consultant to hundreds of law firms - including some of the largest in the UK, Europe, North America and South East Asia. His outstanding reputation has led to his advice being sought by governments, corporate legal departments, law societies and professional associations. He is Professor of Legal Practice and the Director of the Centre for Law Firm Management at Nottingham Law School, where he is the architect of the Law Schools innovative and successful MBA in Legal Practice. This combination of practical experience and theoretical insight permeates his new book.

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