Consultancy

Chambers often need support or help to get an initiative off the ground or to address a problem.  This can be a one-off project or elements of a larger consultancy programme.  Our consultancy work can help chambers:

  • Review and, if appropriate, re-design their management structure (including assessing the actual or potential roles of Head of Chambers, Management Committee(s), Senior Clerk, Chief Executive, Practice Manager)
  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their clerking and administration teams
  • Develop a strategy / business plan that creates a long term direction for the set
  • Consider and implement a merger or growth project
  • Find out what their clients think about the service chambers provides
  • Develop the management, marketing and people skills of individual members in order to improve their performance
  • Improve financial management and develop and implement the means to increase the profitability of chambers
  • Design and implement imaginative and practical marketing, business development and client relationship management programmes
  • Gather and use the know-how of their members in a systematic way

We do this by:

  • Undertaking management consultancy projects
  • Facilitating chambers and team meetings
  • Providing tailored management and skills training
  • Undertaking client research on behalf of chambers
  • Coaching / mentoring barristers and senior support staff as they perform their demanding roles – see Coaching tab
  • Providing interim management between senior appointments or to provide additional support during a major project e.g. a move or merger
  • Reviewing your Pupillage process, providing additional support sifting applications or to delivering training to improve your interviewing techniques

To work effectively with the Bar, whether that’s with chambers, individual barristers, clerks, managers or administrators, it is essential to understand the individual character of the profession, its culture, attitudes and working practices. We have extensive experience of working in chambers and / or of working with barristers as consultants.

Examples of our work include:

  • Reviewing the management structure and clerking support for chambers
  • Advising chambers on issues of senior clerk succession and assisting with the recruitment process
  • Providing professional skills training to a clerking team
  • Reviewing and rewriting chambers marketing material
  • Providing marketing training for a senior clerk and chambers administrator
  • Introducing the structure and processes required for practice development reviews with barristers
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