Talking Points… Consultants

Talking Points… Consultants

You have probably heard the joke.  You want to know the current time.  A consultant will ask to borrow your watch to tell you the time, and then walk off with your watch!  The clear implication is that a consultant will tell you what you already know – and charge you...
Zoom or Vroom?!

Zoom or Vroom?!

I heard the expression ‘Zoomed out’ the other day to describe the feeling of exhaustion that back-to-back video calls can bring. The person also commented that they could not wait for the return to reality.  Indeed, there is a growing excitement that we will be...
Changing the attitude to change

Changing the attitude to change

Cathy Kirby: Out of Practice After three decades in practice, Cathy Kirby has joined Baskerville Drummond as a consultant, to share a lifetime of learning and hard-won experience across the law firm technology and business strategy space. In this series of articles,...
The Hugo Metaphor

The Hugo Metaphor

During ‘Lockdown v1’ my wife Joyce and I decided it was time to have another dog. As supporters of the Dog Trust and RSPCA we wanted to help a dog in need rather than going for the easy option of a cute puppy. OK, bear with me a while – there is a serious point...
Talking Points… Consultants

Talking Points…Shadow IT

The term ‘Shadow IT’ conjures up images of illicit activity and unsavoury characters lurking in the alleyways of cyber city. I was amused to find that Wikipedia gives alternative names of ‘Rogue IT’ and ‘Feral IT’ – sounds like just another day at the office! In...
Hi, Finance – March 2021

Hi, Finance – March 2021

“I don’t understand why my firm is profitable and yet we always seem to be up against it with the Bank. We don’t want to be putting in more capital this year so what can we do now to get a grip on this?” Ultimately all a firm’s cash is generated from its fee income in...
Capital Law

Capital Law

Download as a PDF Project type Consultancy, PMS selection Scope As part of an on-going IT renewal program and its Envision PMS going ‘end of life’, Capital Law looked towards a new ‘best of breed’ approach. Having already deployed iManage as a dedicated DMS, it...
Why might law firms consider a merger

Why might law firms consider a merger

Survival, sustainability, thriving The fundamental objective of any organisation is to survive, and beyond that, to be sustainable and above that to thrive. That may be surviving and thriving in the short term to an exit or over the medium or long term as an ongoing...
TechWatch – Feb 2021

TechWatch – Feb 2021

In this edition of TechWatch, we’ll be talking about the new Microsoft employee experience platform, Viva. We’ll also be taking a look at a new hosting platform for law firms based on Amazon Web Services rather than the usual public cloud approach of using Microsoft...
Hi, Finance – March 2021

Hi, Finance – February 2021

“Our issue is, very simply, that we should be making more money than we are, given what I see going on within the business. How do I turn this around?” This problem, or variations of it, is something that I hear almost every week.  It goes something along the lines of...
TechWatch – Feb 2021

TechWatch – Jan 2021

It’s quite an exciting place for new technology in the legal sector. In this regular series, we’ll take a look at a variety of new technology in the marketplace that offers something different for law firms. Project Cortex To start with, a subject very close to my...