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The Law Firm Partner as Leader

Leading Clients, People and Work


The competitive pressures on law firm partners in Europe have never been greater. And as these pressures intensify further in the current economic climate, the temptation of many will be to focus on client facing work rather than on the more challenging aspects of leading and managing their practices - for example, how to differentiate and grow their practices, and how to nurture and develop their associates.

This programme has been specifically designed for those law firm partners who recognise that, for their firms to be more competitive and successful, they, as individuals, need to be equipped with the insights, skills and techniques that will help them meet the demands of today's partner role and make them more effective leaders at both firm and practice level.

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I think about the leadership course often, and it has definitely helped steer my thoughts and influence my decision-making in an incredibly positive and focused way.
Amanda Illing, Chief Executive, Hardwicke

Our approach

The Law Firm Partner as Leader Programme brings together leading business academics from the University of Cambridge with top consulting professionals with a wealth of experience in providing strategic, leadership and personal advice and development skills throughout Europe. The result is a unique learning event which blends academic and practically based sessions to provide partners not only with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of law firm management and the partner role, but also with the skills to apply those concepts in their daily working lives.

The programme is divided into four main sections dealing with law firm strategies, leadership, people management and business development.


  • Integrated leadership and the motivational dynamics of lawyers
  • Law firm strategies: practice segmentation; aligning the firm's practices, people and resources
  • Leadership styles: becoming an effective role model, coach and mentor
  • High performance teams: making your teams even more effective
  • Business development: the prerequisites for successful cross-selling
  • Leadership and values: the power of personal example; leadership and change
  • Leading and sustaining change in the firm: what the truly great firms do to stay at the top


You'll learn from outstanding faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School and gain a truly international experience from your global peer group.

  • Understand the practical significance of the elements in the integrated leadership model - setting direction, commitment and execution
  • Understand the strategic implementation process
  • Understand more about your own role as a leader
  • Develop an understanding of effective leadership and management of teams
  • Increased confidence in your leadership ability and management skills
  • Practical case studies to identify principles and reinforce the learning
  • Gain practical concepts and frameworks
  • Translate frameworks into day-day business responsibilities
  • Build a network with other law firm partners from firms across Europe and elsewhere in the world
You have done a fantastic job. If you ask me why, the answer lies in the fact that there was top quality from start to finish. This includes the great organisation, quality of accommodation and food, and perhaps most important of all. the great roster of speakers.
Practice area head, Scottish law firm

Who should attend

Law firm partners, particularly those in leadership and management positions such as managing partners, members of partnership boards and other firm-wide management committees, practice area heads, industry sector heads, and those in line to take up such positions and responsibilities.

I feel I understood and actually digested more information and ideas on this course than on any other in which I have participated. Truly great, thank you.
Practice head, UK law firm

Mark de Rond

Professor of Organisational Ethnography
DPhil (University of Oxford)

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Ben Hardy

Ben Hardy

Fellow in Morale in Management, Finance & Physiology
PhD (University of Cambridge)

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Lionel Paolella

University Lecturer in Strategy & Organisation
PhD (HEC Paris)

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Fiona Rice

Executive Coach
MA (University of Oxford)

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Philip Stiles

University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance
PhD (University of London)

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Des Woods

Leadership Development Specialist

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Programme Director

Tim Bellis

Fellow in Management Practice
MA (University of Cambridge)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
23-26 Apr 2017 Sun eve-Weds afternoon £3,500 + VAT †

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £3,500 + 20% = £4,200.

* Fees include instruction, materials, and all meals and breaks, together with a gala dinner at an historic Cambridge college. Preferential rates may be available for University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night) is provided as part of the programme fee.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 226KB) (updated 27 October 2015)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 243KB) (updated 27 October 2015)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

† The programme is being held at the Møller Centre, who will be happy to arrange additional nights' accommodation for immediately before and after the programme, as required, and also offer double occupancy rooms upon request for participants who'd like to bring a partner to join them before or after the programme. Please contact the Møller Centre directly, who will be able to advise you on costs and provide further details. Participants will be required to settle all incidental charges and charges for double occupancy and additional nights directly with the Møller Centre.

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When you register for this programme, please let us know if your organisation is paying for your placement or if you are applying as an individual.


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Who to contact

Tim Bellis
Programme Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 766817

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