Legal Week Global Independent Law Firms Forum: Annual meeting of leading independent law firms

Thursday 20 March 2014
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
2 Cadogan Place, London SW1, UK


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Markus Hartung, director, Bucerius Centre on the Legal Profession, Germany, returns as 2014 conference chairman

I'm convinced that independent law firms will continue to prosper for the foreseeable future, despite the undoubted threat posed by globalisation. However, with the legal market becoming ever more competitive and general counsel increasingly more demanding, only the best-run firms will survive.

The Legal Week Global Independent Law Firms Forum sets out to help law firm leaders improve all aspects of the way their firms are managed. It covers operational challenges in fields such as marketing and business development and it analyses market developments and how they impact on strategy. This year's forum boasts 40 speakers from across Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States who have been carefully chosen for the insights they can provide based on their own experience running their firms or providing expert advice as consultants. There are also plenty of opportunities to network, not least at the drinks reception that takes place on the evening before the conference.

The focus of this year's conference, which will be chaired by Markus Hartung, director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession, is the changing international market for legal business, and the place that independent law firms have within it. And what better way to kick off proceedings than with an interview between Georgina Stanley, editor of Legal Week, and Macfarlanes senior partner Charles Martin, winner of the Editor's Award for Law Firm Leader of the Year at last November's British Legal Awards. This session will set the scene for two panels that review the key trends from 2013 and discuss the biggest opportunities for future growth and development.

This year's interactive focus groups will provide insights into key regional markets, including Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East and Offshore. There will also be a plenary session on the particular dynamics of the Asia market and how independent law firms can build referral networks in this region.

Having heard from the senior partner of a leading London independent firm at the start of the conference, the day will close with a plenary session in which the London-based managing partners of international firms will debate the most effective way of covering this important legal hub.

I look forward to welcoming you to this unique gathering in London.

John Malpas
Group publishing director, Legal Week

Firms, companies and organisations to have registered to attend this year's forum include:

ABC Legal, Al Tamimi & Partners, Allen & Overy, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Arendt, Arthur Cox, Association of Corporate Counsel Europe, Astrea, Bank of Ireland, Beccar Varela, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Braun Partners, Brodies, BSkyB, Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession, Carey Olsen, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dinova Rusev & Partners, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka, Edwards Wildman, Farrer & Co, Fox Williams, Giese & Partner, Grigorescu Stefanica, Hook International, Hristov, Yordanov & Partners, Hügel Rechtsanwälte, Ilyashev & Partners, International Law Firm Solutions, ISFIN Islamic Finance Lawyers, John W Ffooks & Co, Jomanti, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, Lawyers on Demand, Legance, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, Macfarlanes, Mackrell International, Magnusson, MD Communications, Mishcon De Reya, Mourant Ozannes, Mugnai Bonsangue & Partners, Multilaw, Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors, Pestalozzi, Peterka & Partners, PLMJ, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PSB Legal, Riverview Law, RPC, Rutgers & Posch, Strelia, Thomson Reuters, Travers Smith, Von Woedtke & Partner, Weightmans, WKB, World Services Group, Younity, Zhong Lun.

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