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Articles by Nick Jarrett-Kerr

Ten Obstacles to Effective Strategy

Ten Obstacles to Effective Strategy

Ten Obstacles to Effective Strategy  In this article I examine the main reasons why professional are firms are typically littered with uncompleted strategic projects and failed initiatives.  The ten obstacles that I have identified can of course be addressed by better processes.  However, in addition, I plan in an ensuing article to set out what […]

Four ways to Ensure Success in Hiring New Partners

Four ways to Ensure Success in Hiring New Partners

Lateral hiring in professional service firms has an uneven track record.  Statistics consistently show that hiring a ready-made partner from another firm often results in disappointment both for the firm hiring them and in terms of the new partner’s own expectations.

Integrating Strategic Planning and Strategy Execution

Integrating Strategic Planning and Strategy Execution

Professional service firms are typically littered with uncompleted strategic projects, failed initiatives and strategic plans that have remained in a drawer (or a computer file) almost as soon as written. It has often been observed that professionals are better at ideas and planning than in putting those plans into reality by means of effective implementation. 

Navigating the Compensation Maze

Navigating the Compensation Maze

The last twenty years or so have seen considerable debate about the most suitable method of compensating and rewarding professional service firm partners and members.

A Fresh Look At Law Firm Valuation

A Fresh Look At Law Firm Valuation

Changes will involve valuation issues, be it the valuation of firms or shares in them. While traditional methodologies of valuation may be used as comparative benchmarks, they do not necessarily focus on the real value involved in any transaction.

Planning for Recovery

Planning for Recovery

Originally designed for the Law Society of England and Wales, but relevant to all law firms globally, Edge International Principal Nick Jarrett-Kerr has created a series of four webinars on the topic of Planning for Recovery. Each webinar lasts about twenty minutes and is available free of charge.

Planning for Recovery: Seven Strategies for Opportunistic Law Firms

Planning for Recovery: Seven Strategies for Opportunistic Law Firms

Adverse conditions can provide opportunities for firms to dramatically enhance their competitive position in a relatively short period of time.

Clients and Partners – Social Distancing and the Circle of Trust

Clients and Partners – Social Distancing and the Circle of Trust

By implementing three tools, we can gain (or regain) close and more trusting relationships with both colleagues and clients – despite remote working.

Five Models for Assessing Partners and Lawyers

Five Models for Assessing Partners and Lawyers

The goal of an effective evaluation system should be to get the best out of the individual in the future rather than just scoring the past.

Sight-Checking your 2020 Strategy

Sight-Checking your 2020 Strategy

When I look at the strategic documents of law firms, I often see lack of clarity; it often seems to me that the plans form a patchwork quilt made up of many separate plans and business recipes of different practice groups – and can sometimes be as many as there are partners in the firm. […]