Welcome to The Dialogue

The Dialogue provides a forum for those invested in BigLaw firms to add their voices to the remaking conversation.

We encourage lawyers and others with a stake in the profession: clients, partners, and leaders of BigLaw firms, NewLaw participants, academics, law students, analysts, commentators, and others to join in.

There are no right or wrong views, diversity and differences are crucial to imagining the future.

Readers are invited to contribute their posts (subject to curation)  and comments.

Contact me at george.beaton@beatonglobal.com or call me +61 418 325 351.

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Launch of ConRad, new US law company

Earlier this week I was delighted to learn that two members of The Dialogue community have teamed to launch ConRad, a new US law company. Congratulations Peter Carayiannis (the Con) and Alex Hamilton (the Rad)!

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Remaking News of the Week: SmartLaw

Around 500 BC, Confucius wrote ‘He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools’. I borrowed the aphorism to address lawyers and BigLaw firms in my contribution to HighQ’s 2018 collection of short essays “What do lawyers and law firms need to do to prepare for the future?”.

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Why lawyers must escape the gravitational pull of specialisation

Ken Grady argues why lawyers must escape the gravitational pull of specialisation. And he does so convincingly in this post.  

In his argument, Ken cites evidence of why ‘expert-generalist’ or ‘T-shaped’ people innovate more successfully than those with a narrow focus. In the case of legal services, Ken suggests this is because lawyers have become super-specialized over the last four or five decades.

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Who’s in The Dialogue: 06

Who’s In The Dialogue: 06 is in its 6th week; thanks for playing.

This week turn your mind to South Dearborn Street where he plays rhythm guitar in the firm’s band, saying it’s the best place from which to lead a BigLaw firm.

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Remaking news of the week: Shruti Ajitsaria

In today’s Remaking news of the week, Ed Andrews talks with the remarkable Shruti Ajitsaria, head of Fuse, the Allen & Overy incubator I featured on The Dialogue in May.

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Toward client industry alignment

In ‘Toward client industry alignment’ Heather Suttie suggests that BigLaw practice is shifting cautiously toward focusing on and organising around client sectors and industries. Read why…

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Who’s In The Dialogue: 05

Who’s In The Dialogue: 05 is in its 5th week; thanks for playing.

Who’s in The Dialogue this week? He graduated in law at the University of Auckland in 1980. And if you need another clue, he’s partial to rare single malt whiskeys, or is it whiskies?

In case you suspect this Contributor is Ed Reeser on account of his also being a single malt connoisseur, think again. Ed graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1976. 

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