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26 Jul 2019

Practical consequences of external shareholders

July’s MTT meeting, hosted by Lewis Silkin, was a presentation on external investment in the legal sector by John Llewellyn-Lloyd, director and head of professional services at Arden Partners, a specialist investment bank that advises professional services firms on fundraising and mergers and acquisitions.

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24 Jul 2019

Management Excellence Awards launched

With knowledge partners Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, the Managing Partners’ Forum has launched its 18th annual Management Excellence Awards. Uniquely, these Awards spotlight the contribution of management experts to the strategy and smooth operation of the business and its clients.

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17 Jul 2019

Aligning employee engagement with business priorities

Engaged people want to give their best to their firm, know its purpose and their role in delivering that purpose, according to Ben Willmott Head of Public Policy at CIPD, speaking at the July Firmwide Leader Roundtable.

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11 Jul 2019

Sector Trends 2019

The Forum’s 12th Sector Trends tracker was conducted on 8/9 July 2019. The primary purpose of the series is to provide a reliable benchmark for sector firms and Government. Key findings include: Navigating acute Brexit instability through scaling back growth expectations, and investing in technology, strategy and people skills

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The Firm of the Future  – Service and delivery models

Strategy & Marketing

The Firm of the Future – Service and delivery models

Tuesday 03 September 2019

Alastair Beddow, Meridian West

Sustainable performance – Acting on advice from a NED

Finance & Operations

Sustainable performance – Acting on advice from a NED

Friday 06 September 2019

Richard Thorby, Managing Partners' Forum (Chair)

Graham Durgan, The Non-Executive Directors Association

Lisa Jones, Women on Boards

Stuart Morten, Odgers Berndtson

Nicola Sawford, Portfolio NED

Measuring the cultural health of your firm

Management Team Together

Measuring the cultural health of your firm

Thursday 12 September 2019

Penny Newman, Lewis Silkin

Thomas Davies Temporall

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Jon Randall
Partner, BDO