21. March 2018

Pilot concept for modern law firm management for small law firms

For reasons of time or financial resources, small law firms often lack the opportunity to acquire an extensive knowledge of modern law firm management or to discuss this issue with professional peers in familiar surroundings.

At a time when the legal market is undergoing rapid and sometimes profound change, however, this is of particular importance. It is crucial that particularly owners and partners of small law firms deliberately deal with the question as to how their ship can be steered safely through ever stormier seas.

A majority of the many lawyers organised in the German Bar Association (DAV) work in small law firms spread throughout Germany. It is a concern of the DAV’s Law Firm Management Working Group to reach these colleagues, in particular. For this purpose, it entered into a cooperation with the Executive School of the University of St.Gallen and has developed a train-the-trainer concept. Lawyers who are familiar with the St.Gallen management approaches for law firms will conduct training sessions for owners and partners of small law firms in their respective regions.

From 27 February to 1 March 2018, the first eleven trainers met for three days in St.Gallen in order to be trained in the five areas of strategy, client orientation, business model architecture, leadership and finance. These were intensive and instructive days for all participants, which also left sufficient leeway for them to develop a great team spirit. With this optimal preparation, each of these trainers will now pass on the knowledge they acquired in St.Gallen to their local colleagues. This will happen in a compact form in five evening events during the coming months.

We wish them all the best for the implementation of the concept, and of course hope that many interested lawyers will attend their events. German colleagues can obtain the dates of the events in their regions from the DAV. More information can be found here.

Of course we will keep you posted about the further progress of this exciting pilot project in this Blog


Picture: Graduating Class on March 1, 2018, Simone Eugster


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About the author
Prof. Dr. Bruno Mascello Academic Director Law & Management of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University of St.Gallen, Director of the executive programme for lawyers “Management for the Legal Profession (MLP-HSG)”, attorney at law, lecturer and author dealing with various topics at the intersection of law and management.