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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Trust the process


Susan Glenholme talks to Simeon Hance about growing up in Kenya, becoming an equity partner at the age of 29, and the importance of trust in a law firm

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Eye on the prize


Joan Scott speaks to Dan Gilbert about the challenges she has faced in her career, and how she set up a staff network from scratch

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Memories of merger


James Libson speaks to Simeon Hance about his career, the challenges of being a firm manager, and the benefits of merging with a tech-savvy firm

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All in this together


Melinda Giles speaks to Simeon Hance about how switching to an employee ownership trust model helped to secure the future of her firm and enhanced social mobility

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Upwardly mobile


Simeon Hance speaks to Trevor Sterling, who recently became the first Black senior partner at a top-100 firm, about his journey into the law and what firms can do to tackle challenges around diversity

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Blazing the trail


Dan Gilbert speaks to Gary Gallen, founder and CEO of Rradar, about his career as a litigator and his journey to founding a highly successful legal business

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Changing the game


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


Rashmi decisions


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

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Embrace the change


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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In conversation with: Lubna Shuja


Lucy Trevelyan speaks to Lubna Shuja who, in October 2022, begins her term as president of the Law Society of England and Wales, about her career so far and her ambitions for her presidency

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Platform for success


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


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


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

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Lock and key


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

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Liverpool empire


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

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Bright spark


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


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

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Driving success


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

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Hatching a plan


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


Power of three


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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