Falling walls: opportunities and pitfalls in external ownership of law firms

9 Feb 2021 1300 - 1400 GMT

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A webinar presented by the IBA Law Firm Management Committee

In the United Kingdom and several other jurisdictions, law firms have for been able to accept external equity ownership for many years. In other jurisdictions, most notably in the United States, this has been strongly opposed, but resistance appears to be thawing.

This webinar will equip law firm leaders in jurisdictions where external equity ownership (not necessarily by lawyers) is permitted with knowledge necessary to consider implications for their own firms and help those in other jurisdictions better understand the implications of implementing this strategy.

This webinar will discuss:

  • What opportunities can law firms derive from external equity and what pitfalls need to be managed?
  • What must law firms contemplating such a strategy consider in making decisions?
  • What should clients expect of firms making such a change?
  • How will these issues be influenced by current trends driving change in the way legal services are delivered, especially digitalisation?

We will also consider the issues from the perspectives of a major publicly listed law firm, a firm that was previously publicly listed and a 'Magic Circle' firm wholly owned by its partners.


  • Robert Millard Cambridge Strategy Group, Cambridge
  • Zulon Begum CM Murray, London; Vice Chair, IBA Law Firm Management Committee, Strategy and Finance Subcommittee
  • Sir Nigel Knowles DWF, London
  • Stephen Revell Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Singapore; Secretary-Treasurer, IBA Law Firm Management Committee
  • Nils Stoesser Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK, London


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