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Forum news

01 Oct 2018

Awards open for submissions

The 17th Annual Managing Partners' Forum Awards are now open for submissions - apply by 30 November for a chance to be a winner on 5 March 2019. Since 2002, the Awards have uniquely provided leaders and management teams with independent evidence of their contribution to achieving personal and firm goals.

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20 Sep 2018

Club launches in Bristol

Local leaders from every sector of the UK economy, business schools, professional bodies and Government, working together to help solve the UK's productivity problem. The inaugural meeting of the Forum's Productivity, AI & Govt Liaison Club is in Bristol on 30 October.

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21 May 2018

Headcount growth falters

The Forum's quarterly trends tracker shows that professional firms are continuing to experience exceptionally high levels of demand for their services but headcount levels are growing less rapidly.

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How we can help

Strategic leadership

Helping those responsible for leadership and strategy to be the best they can

  • Attend leadership roundtables and Summits
  • Raise issues with peers
  • Apply for excellence awards

Management excellence

Helping teams survive and thrive in a fast evolving business landscape

  • Attend management team and specialist events
  • Access the management library
  • Apply for excellence awards

Independent voice

Helping professionals be heard on matters affecting their sector and the wider business world

  • Engage in Forum campaigns
  • Attend meetings of the Productivity, AI & Govt Liaison Club
  • Raise issues directly with Government



AI challenges and agile governance

Firmwide Leaders

AI challenges and agile governance

Thursday 18 October 2018

Sophia Adams Bhatti, The Law Society
How Bristol productivity compares with similar UK cities

Productivity, AI & Govt Liaison Club

How Bristol productivity compares with similar UK cities

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Paul Swinney, Centres for Cities
Serving as an NED at a corporate

Firmwide Leaders

Serving as an NED at a corporate

Thursday 22 November 2018

Oonagh Harpur, Government Legal Department

Invites are sent out approximately six weeks before each event. All events take place in London unless otherwise stated.


Vital contributors

Our sector makes a vital contribution to the UK economy, local communities and public life. The campaign aims to set the record straight. 

Independent NEDs

Forum members would make ideal NEDs at corporates as this is not only beneficial for them and their firms, but could result in a material boost to UK productivity.


340,000 individuals with more than £1m of investable wealth give some £1.3bn annually to good causes. Those who are well advised give up to 17 times more.

Inclusive Leadership

Our aim is to increase the number of women in leadership roles at professional firms beyond 30%.

The Forum offers those of us in the New Law space not just a sounding board but, in its Board Briefings, some fantastically well-curated content - time-saving and thought-provoking in equal measure. 

Simon Harper
Co-Founder, LOD