We have widened our offering to the legal market with a new senior level appointment and the creation of a specialist merger team. Newly appointed consultant Damian Griffiths is an IT specialist who has considerable experience in developing IT solutions and directing the implementation of IT mergers for some of the UK’s leading law firms. Damian’s experience includes critical roles with three of the UK’s largest law firms, with operations worldwide; as IT Director at Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard and external consultant to DLA Piper UK LLP.
The Inpractice UK merger team also includes founder and director of Inpractice UK Allan Carton, technology expert Andrew Simmans, Richard Blasdale, a specialist in IT systems selection and implementation and Rita Maguire, a HR and personal development consultant. The team will advise law firm clients on all aspects of a merger; from a high level strategic approach to the practicalities of consolidating databases to facilitate mergers on any scale.
Allan Carton explains that the creation of the team is a direct response to the changing landscape of the legal market: “The impending changes heralded by the Legal Services Act have got law firms considering their options. Many now realise that they need to extend, develop and improve their business operations in order to compete successfully with new commercially-capable organisations looking for opportunities in the legal sector, such as Co-operative Legal Services on private client services.”
“Inevitably those firms that have emerged through the recession relatively unscathed are now looking to the future –and for many M&A activity is a definite marker on the horizon.” But whilst well-considered mergers can be a match made in heaven on a theoretical or brand level, the nuts and bolts of a seamless transition from two separate organisations to one presents more of a challenge. “The Inpractice UK merger team brings together individuals with a wealth of experience in all aspects of mergers between two legal practices – from cost control to the nitty gritty of managing system capacity,“ Allan explains.
“Each member of the team has a line of proven project successes behind them and we anticipate that our tried and tested methods and advice will enable legal practices to get a firm grip on the practicalities of the merger process from the outset.”