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Re-imagining a Law Firm Forum series

3rd SeptChallenging PII Renewals 

Many firms are facing a 30% uplift in PII premiums this year. Learn how to minimise the uplift and financial impact of a challenging PII renewal season. Led by Brian Boehmer, Partner at Lockton.

1st Oct – Risk Reduction Strategies. Led by Michelle Garlick, Partner at Weightmans and Alex Holt ,Director, The Cashroom

29th Oct – Organisation and Ownership. Led by Patricia Kinahan, Partner, Hazlewoods

26th Nov – The Start-Up Firm Part 1 

10th Dec – The Start-Up Firm Part 2 

14th January 2021 – Recruiting and retaining legal talent. Led by Pauline Freegard

TBC – Managing remote teams 

Why is it worth your time?

You mean apart from all the valuable nuggets of knowledge delivered in the usual consultative Calico way? And the chance to talk with like-minded peers in the virtual breakout rooms? On every strategic topic there are exclusive offers and content available to take-away.

How can we help you?

Join us for free 90-minute interactive masterclasses and group discussions with the most experienced business names in the legal sector.

Thursday 29th October 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm

Join: Organisation and Ownership

Led by Patricia Kinahan, Partner at Hazlewoods 

Building on strong foundations – not a house of cards.

Getting the right building blocks in place is key to building a resilient law firm.  Either as a start-up firm, or adapting a practice over time to meet new business conditions. In this forum session we share our knowledge on getting that structure right.

A snippet of the topics covered:

  • Legal entity options – pros and cons.
  • Ownership schemes.
  • Funding issues.
  • Succession planning.
  • What makes your lawyers tick?

Patricia Kinahan, Partner at Hazlewoods, debunks some of the myths around EOT (Employee Ownership Trusts) and EVT’s (Employee Benefit Trusts), discusses funding issues impacting the sector, and outlines the common reward and bonus scheme models in use for law firm staff.

What makes your lawyers tick? Once your foundations are in place do you know what motivates your team? With a look into how reward schemes can deliver success (or not!) Pauline Freegard introduces some of the findings from her research project with law firms and hundreds of lawyers and support staff on what actually drives them.

Learn how firms can best optimise their structure and ownership choices to maximise profitability, but also drive results.

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Calico Online 29th Oct

Re-imagining a Law Firm

Thursday 26th November 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm

Join: The Start-Up Law Firm – Part 1

You have a dream. To start your own law firm. Perhaps the radical changes in working arrangements over the last months of change have catapulted you into action on your long held plans. There’s myriad of aspects to setting up your own practice. But equally an opportunity to get it very right from the start.

This session looks at the practical aspects of business planning and regulatory approval, through to IT systems and options for scalable operational models.

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Re-imagining a Law Firm

Thursday 10th December 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm

Join: The Start-Up Law Firm – Part 2

You have a dream. To start your own law firm. Perhaps the radical changes in working arrangements over the last months of change have catapulted you into action on your long held plans. There’s myriad of aspects to setting up your own practice. But equally an opportunity to get it very right from the start.

This session looks at the practical aspects of business planning and regulatory approval, through to IT systems and options for scalable operational models.

Get the inside track with Calico Legal Solutions Group

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Re-imagining a Law Firm

Thursday 14th January 2021, 2pm – 3.30pm

Join: Recruiting and Retaining Legal Talent 

Led by Pauline Freegard, Verdigris Consulting

All our lives have been disrupted, and core values and priorities have been well and truly challenged. Gone are the familiar commuting routes and treadmill of long hours in the office. Possibly it’s long hours at home but many people in working in high-pressure roles, not least lawyers, may now be questioning their work/life balance. What do they really want in an employer, and what does the ideal working week look like now?

Who, What, When and How are key questions for those in law now reflecting on their legal career. Those are the questions Law Firms have to answer well, to retain and attract legal talent. The job market is more flexible now in some ways but we are working within a challenged and volatile economy for the foreseeable future.

Pauline Freegard leads this session and offers insights from her MBA research project examining the intrinsic motivations (the ‘why’) of support staff and lawyers. Answering the question of how best to harness those for long term success. The casual conversation at the water cooler just isn’t an option for now, so how are firms going to ensure that their culture is kept strong, staff feel connected and supported?

Learn how law firms are addressing new issues in retaining and supporting staff in the new working set-up, and what is it that really motivates this sector? Including aspects to consider when competing for talent.

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Re-imagining a Law Firm

Thursday TBC, 2pm – 3.30pm

Join: Managing Remote Teams

Agenda TBC

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Calico in-person Forums - on hold for now

Well, 2020 bit back! 🦁

In-person Forums are postponed – but we will be back when it is safe. In the mean-time lookout for Compass Magazine and the free regular masterclasses and networking with Calico experts.

What does the fit and fabulous law firm look like?

Structurally & Financially Fit

Leadership & Succession Fit

Operationally & Culturally Fit

When all these foundations are in alignment your firm will be ready for whatever change the next decade demands (ed. little did we know back in October 2019 when planning this!).

The ability to lead and make lasting change is really the killer skill-set that will set apart successful law firms from the declining. Crystal ball gazing is one thing, but making any organisation fit for change is where smart leaders focus.

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