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Jonathan Agar: How lawyers are like soldiers

The British Army captain turned law firm CEO ?tells Manju Manglani why leading lawyers ?is a lot like leading soldiers

21 October 2013

"I think soldiers are just like lawyers - they're cynical. If they think you're mad and want to take them over the hill to certain death, they're not going to follow you, it's as simple as that. And that's no different to a law partnership - if they think you're going to take them down a road which is going to lead to their eventual demise, they're not going to do it."

Birketts' new CEO provides an interesting perspective on modern law firm leadership. Jonathan Agar, who joined the top-100 UK law firm in June 2013 from Deutsche Bank, says his management approach is founded on what he learnt during his six years as a captain in the British Army.

"I'm very clear on what we're trying to achieve, what the steps are to achieve that goal and that everybody who's involved in it understands their role in achieving that objective," he says.

However, he emphasises that it was never his style ...

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