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

24-25 March 2015
The May Fair Hotel
London W1

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 annual forum hosts speakers and delegates from every corner of the globe providing the opportunity to not only share experiences and learn from the insights of industry leaders but also to network with global peers.


The 2014 forum, chaired by Markus Hartung, director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession, focused on 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.

The interactive focus groups provided strategic insights into key regional markets, including Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East and Offshore. There was also 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 closed with a plenary session in which the London-based managing partners of international firms debated the most effective way of covering this important legal hub.


Independent law firms will continue to prosper for the foreseeable future, despite the challenges posed by globalisation. With the legal market becoming ever more competitive and general counsel increasingly more demanding, only the best-run firms will survive.

I am delighted to announce that Charles Martin, senior partner, Macfarlanes, joins us at the 2015 forum to take up the mantle of chairman. Charles Martin has spent more than 30 years as a corporate lawyer at Macfarlanes, including six as the City firm's senior partner. Here he tells the audience of the 2014 forum what it takes to successfully remain independent in an increasingly global world.

The programme for this event is always led by vigorous market reseach and developed through thorough consultation with experienced and influential industry figures. This year is no exception - the programme is currently under development and will be revealed shortly.

I look forward welcoming you to London in March for an exciting day of learning and networking,

Charlotte Smith
Conference Producer
Legal Week


Firms, companies and organisations that registered to attend the 2014 forum included:
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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