What does it take to build a law firm?

I interviewed six lawyers and one accountant to find out what it takes to build a law firm.  The interviewees came from different types of firms, and included people who had started a firm from scratch and those who have made a dramatic difference to the fortunes of the firm. My aim was to give lawyers an insight into how others manage and develop their law firms, to demonstrate that there are many pathways to success, and that law practice can reflect individual needs and styles.

I have found the experience much more inspirational and motivating than reading any text on leadership, and the lessons to be learnt can be applied to many situations in professional and personal life.

Interviewees included:

  • Danny Gilbert – Gilbert & Tobin, Leading National First Tier Law Firm
  • Joe Ganim – Hopgood Ganim, Queensland and WA First Tier Firm
  • Paul Matthew – Matthews Folbigg, Suburban Commercial Law Firm
  • John Neuruker – Mills Oakley, “The Fastest Growing Firm in Australia”
  • Leonie Chapman – Lawyal,Virtual Law Firm, Outsource in-house operations
  • Simon Morrison – Shine Lawyers, Personal Injury Law Firm, floated on the Stock Exchange
  • Maurie Stack – Stacks Lawyers, Regional Lawyers operating through the franchise model

What does it take to build a Law Firm

The article “Building  a Law Firm” published in the NSW Law Society Journal provides a summary of the interviews.

[Download the article here, PDF]