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The Law Firm Partner as Leader

4 days (Face-to-face)

£5,500 + VAT (Face-to-face)

12-15 Nov 2023 (Face-to-face)

Executive Education delegate talking with colleagues in the classroom.

Leading clients, people & 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 leadership and management.

How can you differentiate and grow your practice? How can you nurture and develop your associate?

This programme has been specifically designed for law firm partners who recognise that, for the firm to be more competitive and successful, you have to be equipped with the insights, skills and techniques that will help you meet the demands of today’s partner role and make you a more effective leader at both firm and practice level.

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 you with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of law firm management, coupled with the skills to apply those concepts in your daily working life.


Your learning journey

The programme covers key topics including; dealing with law firm strategies, leadership, people management and client service.

  • 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
  • Leadership and values: the power of personal example; leadership and change
  • Leading and sustaining change in the firm.

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.


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
  • On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.
I would highly recommend The Law Firm Partner as Leader programme to any lawyer who finds themselves with increased management and leadership responsibilities. The speakers are exemplary and brought to life the day-to-day issues that managing lawyers in modern-day law firms face through the engaging use of case studies and examples from industries other than law. The programme was intensive and well thought through, and encouraged all attendees to contribute and benefit from each other’s experiences, confidentially and without judgment. I got an awful lot out of the course and continue to do so as I take the experience gained into my day-to-day practice.
Liz Cohen, Joint Managing Partner, Bristows LLP

Faculty & speakers

Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes.

The Academic Programme Director (APD) for the Law Firm Partner as a Leader programme is Allègre Hadida.

Access profiles of the programme’s APD and faculty:

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.

Programme format

Dt Benn Lawson teaches on a face-to-face programme.


Face-to-face is a traditional, intense classroom learning experience and is all about hands-on interaction. You will be a part of exercises, debates and conversations, engaging directly with our faculty and your peers. Conversations spill over into breaktimes and meals, forming lasting connections. Share your ideas, develop your network and grow professionally, whilst enjoying the historic city of Cambridge.

Who should attend?

  • Law firm partners
  • 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
  • Those in line to take up leadership and management positions and responsibilities.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

A great environment, away from the office, where you are immersed in a very well-structured and taught programme. The course is designed to make participants really think about what leadership means for them in the context of the law firm. The teaching methods challenge participants. You are working from class one, right through to the end. Whether by design or accident, the interactive manner in which the content is presented and shared with the group also creates a bond amongst the group. People really helped each other achieve their goals and provided sound advice on real-life situations. I am already putting what I’ve learned into practice. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Micheál Grace, Partner, Mason, Hayes & Curran

Why Cambridge Judge Business School?

Cambridge Judge faculty

All of our programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director, who is a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty. They will also deliver substantial portions of that programme.

Leading-edge research

The research conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School’s 20 research centres, across a diverse range of disciplines, flows directly into all of our programmes, bringing new insights to our programme content.

Small group learning

With small class sizes, we continue the Cambridge way of learning that emphasises high levels of interaction with both our world-class faculty and peers.

Related programmes

The Law Firm Partner as Leader belongs to our Professional Service Firms-topic executive education programmes. Here is a selection of related programmes:

The Professional Service Firm Leader

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Cambridge General Management Programme

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Provides an understanding of the concepts and fundamental principles in key management disciplines, and how to apply them to improve decision-making within your organisation. You will work with faculty who teach on the MBA programme at Cambridge.

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Cambridge Advanced Leadership Programme

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Offers the opportunity for you, as a seasoned general manager, to step back from your professional and personal lives and dedicate time for yourself in a learning environment second to none.

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£5,500 + VAT (Face-to-face)

Accommodation is also included. Please see details below.

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £4,900 + 20% = £5,880.

Fees include instruction, materials, welcome dinner and refreshment 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.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Stacey Clifford

Client Relationship Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1223 339605

[email protected]

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Stacey Clifford

Additional information

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

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

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

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