In the Manager's Chair

Our 'In the Manager's Chair' interviews profile law firm managing partners, CEOs and other leaders innovating in their firm and their field. If you would like to be profiled in a future interview, please email us

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Changing the game

2022-04-19T10:29:00+01:00By

Dan Gilbert sits down with Salome Coker and explores why she identifies herself as ‘the creative lawyer’, discovering how she balances her work as an artist with the demands of her legal career

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Rashmi decisions

2022-01-26T00:00:00+00:00By

Duncan Wood speaks to lawyer, mediator and entrepreneur Rashmi Dubé about her long and varied career running businesses, advising boards, writing her own newspaper column, and why the business world need to become future thinkers

Lucy Trevelyan

Embrace the change

2021-10-18T00:00:00+01:00By

Lucy Trevelyan speaks to Alice Stephenson about why the only way to have a fulfilling career in law, and be herself, was to set up her own firm so she could do things her own way

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Inner sole

2021-07-06T00:00:00+01:00By

Lucy Trevelyan speaks to Lubna Shuja, vice-president of the Law Society of England and Wales, about her career so far and her ambitions for her vice-presidency and presidency

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Platform for success

2021-04-13T00:00:00+01:00By

Lucy Trevelyan sits down with Rod Waldie, CEO of Gateley, and finds out how it has added a number of diverse services to its portfolio since it became an alternative business structure

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Moore the merrier

2021-01-19T00:01:00+00:00By

Lucy Trevelyan talks to Helen Goatley and Ed Whittington from Moore Barlow about completing a merger during a global pandemic

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The bigger picture

2020-10-06T00:00:00+01:00By

Lucy Trevelyan talks to Gary Gallen about setting up his firm, rradar, its holistic model, how it uses technology to serve clients, and how it has weathered the coronavirus pandemic

Shaheen Mamun

Lock and key

2020-07-07T00:00:00+01:00By

Shaheen Mamun, co-founder of Black Antelope Law, talks to Lucy Trevelyan about setting up a law firm as an introvert, thriving in lockdown, and the importance of diversity in the legal profession

Alison Lobb

Liverpool empire

2020-04-07T01:00:00+01:00By

Fresh from a team and individual win at the 2019 Excellence Awards, Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts in Liverpool, talks to Duncan Wood about connecting with local businesses, developing talent and promoting diversity

David Farquarson

Bright spark

2020-01-14T00:00:00+00:00By

David Farquharson co-founded Ignition Law to support start-up businesses. Lucy Trevelyan talks to him about starting up his own business, and how recruitment and culture have supported success

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Group action

2019-10-01T00:00:00+01:00By

Duncan Wood talks to Brian Cullen, CEO of north-west law firm the Jackson Lees Group, about rebranding, its ambitious expansion programme, and change management

Robert Camp

Driving success

2019-07-02T00:00:00+01:00By

Robert Camp is outgoing managing partner of award-winning south-west firm Stephens Scown and its new director of strategic innovation. He talks to Diana Bentley about how postcards, milk and campervans have supported the firm’s success

Alex Hatchman

Hatching a plan

2019-04-09T00:00:00+01:00By

Alexandra Hatchman, chief operating officer at Fletchers Solicitors, has transformed her firm in less than two years, and won an Excellence Award for her innovation. Diana Bentley talks to her about her approach, and her plans for the future

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Power of three

2019-01-15T00:16:00+00:00By

Leonard Curtis Legal has an unusual offering: as well as providing in-house legal advice to its parent professional services business, it offers advice to external clients, and supports lenders. DirectorAndrew Gregory talks strategy, challenges and plans with Lucy Trevelyan

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Allen key

2018-11-07T17:34:00+00:00By

Vidisha Joshi made the headlines when she was named managing partner of Hodge Jones & Allen aged just 38, replacing founder Patrick Allen after 40 years. She explains to Duncan Wood how the firm is gearing up for the future

Angelo Piccirillo

Winning streak

2018-11-01T16:32:00+00:00By

Conveyancing firm AVRillo has received a host of industry awards and effusive praise on consumer review websites. Co-founder and partner Angelo Piccirillo explains the secrets of its success to Duncan Wood

Ed Whittington

Moore is more

2018-04-17T00:00:00+01:00By

Diana Bentley talks to Moore Blatch managing partner Ed Whittington about the firm’s strategy for growth

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Excello adventure

2018-01-16T00:00:00+00:00By

Excello Law took home the inaugural Law Society’s Excellence in Law Management Excellence Award in 2017. Duncan Wood speaks to managing director George Bisnought and recruitment director Jo Losty about their win, and why their agile model is so successful

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Dadd hand

2017-10-10T00:00:00+01:00By

Gordon Dadds hit the news this summer, as the second law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange. Duncan Wood talks to managing partner and CEO, Adrian Biles, about the firm’s strategy and business plan.

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King of the hill

2017-07-04T00:00:00+01:00By

North-west firm Hillyer McKeown has recently seen substantial growth in both its core legal services and its portfolio of non-legal diversified services, which include a marketing company and a management consultancy. Duncan Wood speaks to managing partner Steve Harvey

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