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Training pool: How law firms could pool their training resources

Mitch Kowalski speaks with Sylvester Bowen about how law firms can give clients better value by pooling their junior lawyer training resources

29 April 2015

Sylvester Bowen, the former CEO
of Bowen, Fung and Chandri (BFC) has received many accolades for his work in revitalising a once-failing law firm. As a forward-thinking entrepreneurial lawyer who, he admits, was not allowed near any actual legal work, his role at BFC was one
of strategy and implementation. And, while his tenure was widely respected, he was shrewd enough to know when it was time
for him to move on.

"We had a good run and I had taken the firm as far as I could," he said. "The prudent thing was to step aside and allow new blood with different skill sets to step in and steer the ship."

Nonetheless, he still holds shares in BFC and they provide him with a dividend that, he says, "keeps me comfortable".

These days, however, he's excited by a new project that once again may shift the legal landscape; it was this new vision that brought me out to his home for a visit.

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