Interviews - Thought Leadership
Jonathan Brayne, Allen & Overy partner and Chairman of the firm's Innovation Panel, talks about ways to innovate the business model of one of the most prestigious global law firms. Read the full interview here.
Dominique Graz, former General Counsel of Firmenich Group and now Counsel with Python law firm. He explains why proximity to and understanding of customers' business is of utmost importance to provide valuable service as a lawyer. Read the full interview here.
Leo Staub, Titular Professor at the University of St.Gallen and Director of the University's "Law & Management" division at its Executive School, talks about actual trends and the role of legal tech in the legal market and how this will impact the lawyers' business. Read the full interview here.
Gabe Shawn Varges, Senior Partner at HCM International and Lecturer Adjunct at the University of St. Gallen, talks about the increasing need for Swiss and other European professionals to better understand the U.S. legal system. Read the full interview here
George Stansfield, Group General Counsel and Head of Group Human Resources of AXA, talks about the required skill set and the success factors of in-house counsel as well as about the challenges of outside counsel when transferring in-house. Read the full interview here
Paul Lippe, CEO of OnRamp Systems, describes the lawyers' role and the difference between in-house and outside counsel, the relevance of the legal function to business and how a General Counsel can leave an innovation footprint. Read the full interview here
Mark A. Cohen, CEO of Legal Mosaic, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, co-founder of Clearspire, and, formerly, noted civil trial lawyer, talks about the changed delivery system for legal services, the difference between law firms and new legal services providers and why investing into them could be an interesting decision. Read the full interview here
Markus Hartung, Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, talks about innovation, alternative service providers, and what this may imply for traditional law firms. Read the full interview here
Matthias Schranner, President of SNI LLC in New York and noted author of books on negotiation, talks about negotiation skills in general and about differences in negotiating with lawyers and managers. Read the full interview here
Peter Kurer, partner of private equity firm BLR and noted book author, formerly business lawyer in private practice as well as general counsel and chairman of UBS, talks about the management of legal risks in a global company, the role of the legal department and whether external counsel can provide assistance. Read the full interview here.
Leanne Geale, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Royal Dutch Shell plc, talks about the role of her function, future compliance challenges and related expectations and recommendations when talking to external counsels. Read the full interview here.
Mari Sako, Said Business School, University of Oxford, is sharing recent insights about Japanese legal departments, law firms and the legal market as well as the differences to Western models. Read the full interview here.
Klaus Moosmayer, Chief Compliance Officer of Siemens AG,
shares some insights on his new role and the challenges of Compliance
as well as leading a Compliance team. Read the full interview here.
Karl Chapmann, CEO Riverview Law, offers great insights of an exciting new venture, both threat and opportunity for traditional law firms and their clients. Reading the interview is a must! Read the full interview here
Jvo Grundler, Managing Partner of Legal Services at Ernst & Young Ltd, talks about the development of Big Four law firms, the difference to traditional commercial law firms, the work environment and career paths for lawyers, and he provides an outlook for the future. Read the full interview here
Renata Jungo Brüngger, Head of Legal Department at Daimler AG, talks about the challenges she is facing in her daily work and in particular leadership related topics with a special gender focus such as equality, promotion and career planning for women. Read the full interview here
Christopher Saul, Senior Partner at Slaughter and May, talks about the factors determining quality and driving client satisfaction when providing legal advice. He addresses the role of acting as trusted advisor, the challenge of recruiting associates and the reasons for preferring a net of "best friends". Read the full interview here
John Flood, McCann FitzGerald Professor of International Law and Business, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, talks about the new UK Legal Services Act and its impacts, the opportunity to establish Alternative Business Structures (ABS) to expand business, the possibility of using the potentials of the capital markets and the new competitors of traditional law firms. Read the full interview here