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Adapting for success

Historically known as motorcycle specialists, Thorneycroft Solicitors has, like many firms, evolved in order to remain a viable business. Thorneycroft's managing director, Rachel Stow, shares how she has steered the business from a ten person law firm into a multi-disciplinary group of legal services brands

2 February 2016

Key takeaway points:

  1. No law firm benefits by taking an insular approach to their business. Having a range of strategic partnerships can really broaden your thinking and be transformational.
  2. Don’t over-complicate leadership, ‘a one size fits all’ approach to all colleagues, regardless of their role, works just fine. 
  3. Innovation is not the preserve of big business. Remember that what your business looks like now will not be the same in five years’ time, so keep focused on external developments and one eye on the future. 
  4. Equip your lawyers to meet the challenges of the new legal world, or help move them out to a more traditional environment.


Like many lawyers, I didn't set out to lead a law firm, but in 1997, only two years qualified, I was appointed managing partner of Thorneycroft Solicitors. At the...

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