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Non-lawyer CEOs are the future of law firm leadership

Jacqui Rook, CEO, Brecher

3 February 2016

Back in the distant mists of time, when law firms were much smaller, it was perfectly logical to have a managing partner who was a lawyer. After all, it's not the most difficult thing in the world, managing a business you can sit around one big table.

But as law firms have had to become commercial businesses, they have grown in size and complexity. Although law firms have developed out of all recognition, their main assets remain the same: great lawyers.

The best law firms aren't the firms with the best processes, the most efficient procurement, or the best IT systems - although all those things are important - they are the firms with the best lawyers.

So why would you have what is usually one of your best assets manage the firm?

Self awareness
In the November 2015 issue of Managing Pa...

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