How to get your strategy right: avoid Replicability and Repeatability

How to get your strategy right: avoid Replicability and Repeatability

By Nick Jarrett-Kerr

I don’t want to contribute yet more dire predictions to the welter of doom-laden prognostications about the future of the legal profession. It’s not that I think they are necessarily wrong, as I agree with many of the sentiments expressed by leading pundits such as Susskind and Mayson. But all the evidence from other sectors which have entered a period of extreme change – from opticians to financial services providers – is that the profession will survive in some form or other, that there will be winners as well as losers, and that firms that get their strategy and business recipe right (two slightly different things) will prosper. There seem to me that two obstacles – amongst the many strategic obstacles faced by law firms – need to be navigated by any firm that wishes to survive and prosper in this new age.

The first hurdle is to avoid the Replicability test. Any service which can easily be copied, replicated or imitated is at risk from new providers with muscle. That’s why commoditised services which are easy to systemise and whic

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About the author:

Nick Jarrett-Kerr LL.B is a member of Edge International, a leading global consultancy to law firms.  He is one of the leading UK and international advisers to professional service and law firms world-wide on issues of strategy and all important business issues facing firms today.  .

He is a regular writer and speaker on management and leadership topics.  Prior to becoming a consultant, Nick (who is a solicitor by training) was for eight years the Chief Executive Partner of UK Law Firm Bevan Ashfordduring a period of enormous growth starting in the depths of the 1989-1992 recession.

In the last few years, he has consulted to firms in more than twenty different countries on four different continents

Nick is the author of  two books – Law Firm Strategy – After the Legal Services Act( 2009; Law Society Publishing) and the recent best-selling Special Report Tackling Partner Underperformance in Law Firms (2011Ark Group).Nick has a regular monthly column in Managing Partner magazine, covering issues that are top of the mind for professional service firm leaders. Nick is alsoVisiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University where he leads the strategy modules for the Nottingham Law School MBA strategy modules. 

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