Business Services
Case Study

A new approach
Fit for the future
A sector in flux
The changes to underpin success

High level structural transformation at one of the leading international law firms

A Skarbek effect case study

With the legal sector undergoing a great deal of change this law firm was no exception. It had undergone a period of significant expansion and needed to match the new reality with the appropriate structural and governance support. Skarbek was able to bring the combination of sector expertise and consulting power to see new practices take hold and flourish.

Skarbek Associates case study
The needs

Like all law firms that have expanded internationally this client faced a number of significant challenges. They needed to achieve clarity of new and evolving roles and responsibilities. The had to design the most appropriate governance structure including a balance of global against local decision making. In doing so they had to motivate and build team cohesion whilst making savings and maximising cross-selling opportunities.

How we helped

During the course of this management restructure assignment, we were able to refocus the operation of the governance and executive groups. We identified role changes to improve reporting lines and clarified responsibilities. We found we needed to restructure the legal practice groups with the aim to enhance client responsiveness and be more conducive to cross-selling across practice groups and jurisdictions. We also restructured business services functions to better support the firm globally both in the day-to-day business operations, as well as delivering longer term strategic initiatives. Finally we introduced a “Centre of Excellence” to motivate continued strategy development and the direction of growth

The results

We worked very closely with the firm’s management and by the end of the assignment they were fully set up for further success. In the time since the restructure they have posted results reflecting the success of their newly restructured business.

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It is clear that some companies will fail to make it through the current crisis. Those that remain with be faced with a new business climate. The time to plan and prepare is now.
Paul Heugh
Skarbek Associates

Laura Timms

Former Senior civil servant and accomplished coach and psychotherapist

Mohammad Zafrullah

Accomplished senior leader with over 30 years of General Management, Finance, BD and Restructuring experience

Sean Shrimpton

Highly experienced individual with over 25 years experience in leadership, capability, and strategy

Chris Charlton

Chris Charlton is a highly experienced business leader, board advisor, programme director and consultant

Krzysztof Lewandowski

Krzysztof is a scientist & project leader with a reputation for delivery and challenging the status quo