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Tuesday 8 June (1300 - 1305)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)

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Tuesday 8 June (1305 - 1415)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)
Public and Professional Interest Division (Lead)

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The session will review the optimum structure required for building a sustainable firm in terms of partner and lawyer numbers, new practice areas and the options for adapting your ownership, decision-making and governance models as you grow.

In particular, the session will review the stages of transition from a founder-led firm, through the entry of new partners (who may or may not buy-out the founders), into an institutional firm that will outlast the founders. Above all, we will hear how the early keys to success (such as the entrepreneurial and informal spirit) must inevitably change and adapt over time.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding the right structure
  • Growing the firm by bringing in new partners
  • Opening the ownership model (through sale or gift of shares/buying out the founders)
  • Developing a robust governance model: a management committee and/or board
  • Defending the rights of founders within the larger entity
  • The role of the partners meetings and inter-play with the management committee/board
  • Agreeing the role of equity partners, with a selection process and appropriate remuneration approach
  • Planning for the safe and successful transition of founders to next generation leaders
     

We will be closing the session by interviewing three young female lawyers, Carole Ayugi, Suzanne Muthaura and Waringa Njongo, who set out a decade ago to break the mould by launching MMAN Advokates in Nairobi. They will share their challenges as co-founders and reflections on the keys to success.

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Tuesday 8 June (1415 - 1445)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)
Public and Professional Interest Division (Lead)

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We invite you to join us for a virtual networking that will follow the session, where the delegates will be able to meet friends and chat over a ‘virtual coffee’.

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Wednesday 9 June (1300 - 1415)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)
Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)

Programme details

This session will commence with a panel discussion related to identifying the right strategy for growth of small and medium law firms.

Topics will include:

  • Working out the purpose of the strategy, with particular relevance to smaller firms
  • Setting your brand in the right place so as to pursue the strategy
  • Communicating that strategy internally and externally
  • Ensuring that the strategy is capable of practical execution
  • Examples of what can go right and wrong in planning and execution
  • Flexibility in terms of the strategy

The second part of the session will involve an interview with Tiziana Sucharitkul, co-Managing Partner of Tilleke & Gibbins in Bangkok, in relation to how that firm has set and executed its strategy as it has grown in South East Asia.

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Wednesday 9 June (1415 - 1445)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)

Programme details

We invite you to join us for a virtual networking that will follow the session, where the delegates will be able to meet friends and chat over a ‘virtual coffee’.

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Thursday 10 June (1300 - 1410)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)
Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)

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Relationships are much like building a house, you need to get the foundations correct and then gradually build on the relationships brick by brick. It's not a race and the key is to look at the core values upon which long term relationships and strong partnerships are built. Preparing the groundwork for the development of relationships is crucial to the success of your law firm.

In this fire side chat, we'll hear from the founder of a corporate boutique law firm, Mark Homan of BHSM LLP, on his journey from a four partner start-up to mid-sized firm and how relationship building has been key to their continued success. Arush Khanna from Numen Law Offices will share his journey of having co-founded a law firm just before the pandemic and how he has had to be creative in his approach to building relationships given the lack of opportunity for traditional in-person networking and meetings over the last 12 months.

Anne, Mark & Arush will share great practical and easy to implement tips on how to create authentic, honest and open relationships. Regardless of your age and stage within your firm, we hope that you will leave this session feeling empowered to cultivate your existing relationships and to develop new relationships, both internally and externally.

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Thursday 10 June (1410 - 1415)

General Interest

Session/Workshop Chair(s)

Thursday 10 June (1415 - 1445)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)
Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)

Programme details

We invite you to join us for a virtual networking that will follow the session, where the delegates will be able to meet friends and chat over a ‘virtual coffee’.

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