Please wait...

Firmwide leaders group

The Group aims to help members attain greater clarity over priorities, new capabilities and skills, insights and practical tips, as well as making new contacts and building relationships.

A private hub free for any firmwide leader at any organisation worldwide.

Monthly roundtables of up to 20 Forum members with no attendance fees.

Guest presentations are followed by an open discussion conducted under Chatham House rules.

Free books for each attendee when a presenter has recently written on the topic.

Extra meetings, possibly at short notice, are arranged when Harvard Business Review authors are in town.

Moderated by specialist coach Richard Thorby assisted by Forum founder Richard Chaplin.



The free private hub allows firmwide leaders and CEOs from professional firms and every other sector of the economy to view and send private messages to each other, raise and comment on issues, consult experts, catch up with sector news, and access useful content. Once signed up, hover over your name in the top menu bar and then select 'Forum Hubs'.



PwC Annual Law Firms Survey: Into 2018 – Time for change

Thursday 11 January 2018

The PwC Annual Law Firms’ survey 2017 provides a UK and global perspective on the practical elements that increasingly impact the professions and law firms in particular.  

We are delighted to welcome back PwC’s Kate Wolstenholme and David Snell to share the key trends via their interactive report on these topics: 

  • The law firm of the future
  • Global financial performance
  • UK financial performance
  • Business support
  • People
  • Financing
  • Risk

Build a future-facing firm

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Julian Birkinshaw makes the case that we are entering a new era in which the firms that understand the limits of 1s and 0s will take the lead. Whereas the industrial age saw the rise of bureaucracy, and the information age has been described as a meritocracy, we are now witnessing the rise of adhocracy. 

In uncertain, rapidly-changing times, adhocratic organisations scan the horizon for winning opportunities. Then, instead of questing after more analysis, they respond with agility by making smart, intuitive decisions. Combining decisive action with emotional conviction, future-facing firms seize the day.

There are only a handful of places left.

The Technology Summit

Monday 29 January 2018

In the first of the Forum's Technology Summits, we welcome two highly respected experts in strategy, leadership and change. Dr Bob Murray is a noted scientist in the field of behavioural neurogenics and the author of 12 books, including Leading the Future: the Human Science of Law Firm Leadership and Strategy. He will be focusing on the future of professional services and how to become and stay relevant (see more in his profile below).

Rick Seabrook is MD Europe of Neota Logic, a global provider of innovative AI software. Rick is a highly respected expert and speaker on this topic and has also developed several AI start ups. 

The presentations will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Hiring and retaining management experts

Tuesday 20 February 2018

With Tim Skipper, founder and Chief Executive of Totum, specialist recruiters of business services talent into the legal profession.

More information available soon…

Take the guesswork out of strategic partnering

Friday 23 March 2018

With Luc Bardin, chairman of Strategic Partnering, former group chief sales and marketing officer of BP, and author of Strategic Partnering

More information available soon…

The Strategy Summit

Monday 19 March 2018

More details coming soon…

Growing and sustaining women in leadership

Friday 27 April 2018

With Kirstie Skates, consultant with Psychological Skills for Professional Services

More information available soon…

The value of having a digital ambassador on your Board

Friday 25 May 2018

With Andrew Grill, TEDx speaker and former global managing partner of IBM Social Consulting.

More information available soon…

The Productivity Summit

Monday 04 June 2018

More details coming soon…