Frequently Asked Questions
What is this site for?
It's an attempt by me to show as many lawyers, trainee lawyers (or indeed anyone who's interested) that the legal landscape is changing to match the needs of consumers; whom I prefer to call "customers" rather than "clients".
And if lawyers want to hold on to their position and their profits, they will need to take action.
This site makes some suggestions as to what that action should be.
Who Are You?
Formerly a practising lawyer in the corporate department of a medium sized city law firm.
Presently working with law firms to help them become more profitable through this business.
I also run a variety of websites and own one truly independent Travel Agency. I occasionally give presentations to small & medium sized businesses on such topics as Intellectual Property issues, Search Engine Optimisation and running a business that doesn't rely on you.
I've been self-employed for 20 years in a variety of different businesses. At the height of my entrepreneurial escapades I employed 150 people across 12 sites, but got fed up babysitting adults!
I have also served in the Army (Training Officer and second-in-command of a transport squadron), I ran the first Scottish company to import this beer from Germany to the UK, I've imported wine from France to the UK and Ireland, driven a taxi at weekends on the nightshift during the 1990/91 recession(great fun), ran seminars for accountants on business development and been the ceo of the Copyright Protection Agency since 1996.
I am also a Churchill Fellow and was awarded a travelling fellowship in 2003 which took me to New York, Las Vegas (for a seminar!) Los Angeles, Tokyo, Kyoto, Sweden. You can read a report on my travels on my other site.
I have 4 children, 3 motorbikes and a watch that's set 5 minutes fast (habit of my Grandad's apparently)
Why is it called "No Business For Old Men?"
Richard Susskind wrote a book entitled "The End of Lawyers?" (note the question mark) where he was suggesting that without some serious thought on the present business model and without some innovation, using what he called "destructive technology", law firms as we know them to day, will not exist in the future.
Susskind was not suggesting that it was indeed the end of lawyers and his title was designed to stimulate debate; to make people think and to draw attention.
The title of this website, book and Blawg aims to do the same.
Whe I asked other lawyers if they had read the book, most said that it was too academic. My book can be called many things, but "academic" is not one of them.
The plan was that it should be easy to read.
Are you on Twitter?
Yes. My latest tweets are on this page for your viewing pleasure!
Got a Question for Me?
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