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

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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In the Manager's Chair: Rising stock

2017-04-11T00:00:00+01:00By

Nearly four years ago, Guy and Chris Setford from Setfords Solicitors were featured in ‘In the Manager’s Chair’, following the firm’s move to a fee-sharing model. Duncan Wood talks to them about the firm’s growth since, including through external investment

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Smashing the ceiling

2017-02-22T15:28:00+00:00By

As one of few female Asians to run an international law firm in London, Pavani Reddy has risen to the top of her profession. She speaks to Duncan Wood about the challenges of being made partner before the age of 30, taking on troublesome cases, and breaking the glass ceiling

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In the Manager's Chair: Spinning plates

2016-11-08T00:00:00+00:00By

Duncan Wood talks to Ann Harrison, chairwoman of Stephensons and member of the Law Management Section committee, about juggling multiple roles, presiding over a period of impressive organic growth, and making plans for the future

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Ringing the changes

2016-08-02T00:00:00+01:00By

In conversation with Elizabeth Noone, Christina Blacklaws reflects on her new role as deputy vice president of the Law Society, and discusses effective leadership and pressing issues for the profession

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Gunning for success

2016-05-06T11:30:00+01:00By

With a distinguished career as a law firm partner behind him, Darryl Cooke co-founded a law firm, gunnercooke, on an innovative new model. He explains to Duncan Wood how the firm is challenging the way that legal services are delivered

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Come back fighting

2016-02-10T10:32:00+00:00By

Five years ago, ELS Legal was hit by scandal: one of its partners had defrauded a client of millions of pounds. Partner Richard Spector talks to Duncan Wood about the firm’s comeback, and how it has innovated to succeed.

Steven Zdolyny

The long view

2015-11-03T00:00:00+00:00By

Diana Bentley talks to Steven Zdolyny, director of legal services and compliance officer for legal practice at Riverview Law, about life at the helm of this expanding firm.

Peter Wright

Tech breakthrough

2015-08-19T18:28:00+01:00By

Peter Wright, director of DigitalLawUK, talks to Diana Bentley about setting up his niche firm

Catherine Gannon

The business end

2015-05-14T15:55:00+01:00By

Catherine Gannon talks to Diana Bentley about the challenges and rewards of setting up Gannons, a boutique firm working with private companies and small businesses

Tony Stockdale

Taking stock

2014-11-11T15:35:00+00:00By

When Tony Stockdale began working with Linder Myers, the firm was on the brink of collapse. In conversation with Caroline Roddis, he explains how he turned the firm around, and what he thinks the future holds

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Spreading the word

2014-08-12T00:00:00+01:00By

Keystone Law managing director James Knight on becoming a ‘dispersed’ law firm

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