Welcome to Dialogue

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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Remaking News of the Week: Crowd-sourcing model law firms

Today, in Remaking News of the Week: Crowd-sourcing model law firms I highlight a call from Jordan Furlong, a regular contributor to Dialogue.

Jordan is running a novel research project, to find, describe and celebrate “radically different law firms”. In other words, law firms I described as ‘remade’ in my 2016 book: Remaking Law Firms: Why & How

I commend Jordan’s work to you and urge you to add your examples to his analysis. It’s is the interests of the legal services ecosystem.

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Law’s Emerging Elite: Enterprise Legal Service Providers, Part 1

Mark Cohen takes another look at so-called ‘ALSPs’ in his recent Forbes piece, Law’s Emerging Elite: Enterprise Legal Service Providers. I have not-a-little licence in styling the elite law firms of the world as ‘alternative’. But, Mark’s point is just this: A handful of elite firms doing the biggest, most complex, bet-the-farm work are now starting to put daylight between themselves and the rest. In the not too distant future, it’s not unimaginable that the ‘elite’ will be the ‘alternatives’ – just much, more profitable.  This post is Part 1 of 3, with the others to follow on the Dialogue. 

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Remaking News of the Week: GCs’ tech budget woes

Today’s Remaking News of the Week: GCs’ budget woes covers recent Clyde & Co research reported in Richard Tromans’ Artificial Lawyer on 15 March 2019.

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Succeeding in BigLaw means business velocity

With a business person’s perspective, contributor Tim Corcoran, is back on Dialogue with Succeeding in BigLaw means business velocity. Tim’s is another compelling view of the gap between what clients need and what law firms, in the main, believe they are delivering. Referenced at the end of Tom’s post, our research on what clients see as and need from innovation makes the same point from another angle. I commend Tim’s piece.
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The rise and rise of litigation funding

Being from Australia, the birthplace of litigation funding, I am particularly pleased to bring Dialogue readers The rise and rise of litigation funding, written as a Q&A with Craig Arnott, Managing Director of Burford Capital.

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Remaking News of the Week: Legal Innovators Conference

Dialogue contributor Richard Tromans features his major 11 October 2019 London conference in Remaking News of the Week: Legal Innovators Conference.

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Remaking News of the Week: Rise of LawTech Hubs

Remaking News of the Week: Rise of LawTech Hubs highlights the Asia-Pacific aspects of a feature in Raconteur and my own post on LawTech hubs in the Asia-Pacific.

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