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Breaking with the Past The Strategic Planning Process - Nick Jarrett-Kerr
This is the first of three in a series on strategic and business planning and will enable participants to understand how they can compete to win. Successful strategy needs a proper understanding of the options available to the firm, as well as an understanding of the aspirations of partners and overall firm goals. It also requires a thorough understanding of the marketplace in which the firm operates and the competitive forces which affect the firm. This course will guide the participant through the essential research and preparation which is necessary to enable the firm or department to make the right strategic choices. The course will give the participant the strategic tools and methodologies to help gain strategic insight and to enable the firm or unit to make the right strategic choices to break away from the past whilst continuing to benefit from past success.

Download an application form here

Standing Out from the Crowd Differentiation & Competitive Advantage - Nick Jarrett-Kerr
This course is the second of three in a series on strategic and business planning and will enable participants understand how they can compete to win. One main purpose of strategic planning is to work out how to beat competitors. It will assume an understanding of the strategic planning process (Breaking with the Past - The Strategic Planning Process). Building on the research and analysis covered in the strategic planning process, this course will help participants to understand how they can compete to win. Participants will learn how to position their firms or units so as to beat current and future competitors by differentiating themselves and their services in their markets. Participants will learn how to develop and harness their intangible resources and capabilities for success. Sector based strategies will be considered alongside niche specialisms, and strategies for client segmentation and pricing. The laws of dominance are also considered as well as the art of differentiation through strong client relationships.

Download an application form here

Getting the Rubber on the Road Business Planning & Implementation - Nick Jarrett-Kerr
This is the final course in a series of three on strategic and business planning and will enable participants to understand how they can compete to win. Note that the course will assume an understanding of the principles covered in the first two courses and will assume that the groundwork and analysis covered in these courses will already have been carried out. This course will guide the participant through the business planning process for a law firm, law firm office or department. Starting with an assessment of the current practice, the course will work through the practical frameworks and tactical plans which will enable the firm or unit to meet agreed strategic goals. There will be a concentration and focus on harnessing the necessary strategic analyses, the framing of objectives and the identification of key success measures and milestones. The course will give the participant the tools and methodologies to write a compelling business plan.

Download an application form here

Strategic Market Analysis -Fiona Westwood
This is the first in a series of three practical work-based courses designed to enable participants to create a Vision and Strategy bespoke to their personal business requirements. The courses can be taken individually as stand alone courses or consecutively. This first course on Strategic Market Analysis will take the participant through the process to carry out a detailed analysis of the marketplace and present a written report on the opportunities and threats facing the firm to its key stakeholders. This course will allow the participant to develop a written report analysing the marketplace and current pressures to change. This will be based on a comprehensive review of the market, direct and indirect competitors and possible future directions. It will increase the understanding of and confidence in a range of strategic analysis tools and techniques and allow the participant to discuss these with key stakeholders. This in turn will ensure that the firm has an improved and comprehensive understanding of the marketplace so that it can make future decisions on a wellinformed basis.

Download an application form here

Creating the Vision - Fiona Westwood
This is the second in a series of three practical workbased courses designed to enable participants to create a Vision and Strategy bespoke to their personal business requirements. The courses can be taken individually as stand alone courses or consecutively. This second course allows the participant to develop an agreed Vision for their business and based on their comprehensive Market Analysis, agree its long-term objectives. This course on Creating the Vision will give the participant a clear and agreed vision of their firm, based on its core values and long-term priorities. It will allow participants to debate and identify a commonality of purpose across the whole firm and to ensure that people are clear about its future direction.

Download an application form here

Agreeing the Strategic Plan - Fiona Westwood
This is the last in a series of three practical work-based courses designed to enable participants to create a Vision and Strategy bespoke to their personal business requirements. The courses can be taken individually as stand alone courses or consecutively. This third course allows the participant to identify and formalise the most appropriate strategic option for the firm based on the outcomes of the first two courses (ie comprehensive market analysis, agreed core values and long-term priorities.) This course on Agreeing a Strategic Plan will give participants a clear and agreed formal plan that identifies the strategic development option for their firm. It will allow participants to directly involve and obtain agreement from all key stakeholders are to how that option will be implemented.

Download an application form here

Building the Business Case Mergers & Acquisitions - Andrew Hedley
The first of three in a series which will help participants to chart a successful route through a merger or acquisition process. Long range economic indicators suggest that consolidation amongst firms will be a significant force driving change in the legal sector over the coming years. This course equips law firm leaders with the knowledge needed to create a strategic business case for a merger or acquisition which will allow them to articulate the logic which suggests the merger route as the most appropriate option for their firm. Acceptance of this business case is also the signal for a process of identifying and benchmarking potential merger candidates. This will be done on the basis of objective criteria which will enable the firm to achieve its ambitions. This course provides the tools by which this process can be undertaken and allows participants to create their own bespoke assessment model and documentation.

Download an application form here

Delivering the Deal Mergers & Acquisitions - Andrew Hedley
The second of three in a series which will help participants to chart a successful route through a merger or acquisition process. An appropriately structured negotiation process is crucial for the successful delivery of a merger or acquisition. Developing a clear understanding of the other side’s business, operating model, client base and long term profitability outlook underpins the negotiation. Getting due diligence right is crucial to enable a fair and objective negotiation to be undertaken. Ultimately the opportunity needs to be set out in a prospectus which will both put forward the facts and the potential benefits of the deal. Allowing participants to explore these core components in the merger and acquisition process form the content for this second course in the series.

Download an application form here

Implementing for Success Mergers & Acquisitions - Andrew Hedley
The third of three in a series which will help participants to chart a successful route through a merger or acquisition process. The negotiation team will have a broad and deep understanding of the merger or acquisition opportunity that is being presented. The knowledge of the firm’s other Partners or Members will necessarily be much more superficial. In order to secure the mandate to proceed, the leadership team must be able to build a broad consensus that the proposal offers the best opportunity of those available to the firm. It must also be able to demonstrate that business risks have been identified and thought through. Gaining buy-in and doing the deal form the core components of this final course in the merger and acquisitions trilogy. However, “doing the deal” cannot be regarded as the end of the process. Implementation planning and using the first six months of the life of the new firm effectively will be the key factors in guaranteeing ongoing success. Putting this implementation plan in place to ensure that, in the first instance, the firm hits the ground running and, secondly, opportunities are identified and acted on, concludes this course.

Download an application form here

Breaking with the Past The Strategic Planning Process - Nick Jarrett-Kerr
This is the first of three in a series on strategic and business planning and will enable participants to understand how they can compete to win. Successful strategy needs a proper understanding of the options available to the firm, as well as an understanding of the aspirations of partners and overall firm goals. It also requires a thorough understanding of the marketplace in which the firm operates and the competitive forces which affect the firm. This course will guide the participant through the essential research and preparation which is necessary to enable the firm or department to make the right strategic choices. The course will give the participant the strategic tools and methodologies to help gain strategic insight and to enable the firm or unit to make the right strategic choices to break away from the past whilst continuing to benefit from past success.

Download an application form here

Standing Out from the Crowd Differentiation & Competitive Advantage - Nick Jarrett-Kerr
This course is the second of three in a series on strategic and business planning and will enable participants understand how they can compete to win. One main purpose of strategic planning is to work out how to beat competitors. It will assume an understanding of the strategic planning process (Breaking with the Past - The Strategic Planning Process). Building on the research and analysis covered in the strategic planning process, this course will help participants to understand how they can compete to win. Participants will learn how to position their firms or units so as to beat current and future competitors by differentiating themselves and their services in their markets. Participants will learn how to develop and harness their intangible resources and capabilities for success. Sector based strategies will be considered alongside niche specialisms, and strategies for client segmentation and pricing. The laws of dominance are also considered as well as the art of differentiation through strong client relationships.

Download an application form here

Getting the Rubber on the Road Business Planning & Implementation - Nick Jarrett-Kerr
This is the final course in a series of three on strategic and business planning and will enable participants to understand how they can compete to win. Note that the course will assume an understanding of the principles covered in the first two courses and will assume that the groundwork and analysis covered in these courses will already have been carried out. This course will guide the participant through the business planning process for a law firm, law firm office or department. Starting with an assessment of the current practice, the course will work through the practical frameworks and tactical plans which will enable the firm or unit to meet agreed strategic goals. There will be a concentration and focus on harnessing the necessary strategic analyses, the framing of objectives and the identification of key success measures and milestones. The course will give the participant the tools and methodologies to write a compelling business plan.

Download an application form here

Strategic Market Analysis - Fiona Westwood
This is the first in a series of three practical work-based courses designed to enable participants to create a Vision and Strategy bespoke to their personal business requirements. The courses can be taken individually as stand alone courses or consecutively. This first course on Strategic Market Analysis will take the participant through the process to carry out a detailed analysis of the marketplace and present a written report on the opportunities and threats facing the firm to its key stakeholders. This course will allow the participant to develop a written report analysing the marketplace and current pressures to change. This will be based on a comprehensive review of the market, direct and indirect competitors and possible future directions. It will increase the understanding of and confidence in a range of strategic analysis tools and techniques and allow the participant to discuss these with key stakeholders. This in turn will ensure that the firm has an improved and comprehensive understanding of the marketplace so that it can make future decisions on a wellinformed basis.

Download an application form here

Creating the Vision - Fiona Westwood
This is the second in a series of three practical workbased courses designed to enable participants to create a Vision and Strategy bespoke to their personal business requirements. The courses can be taken individually as stand alone courses or consecutively. This second course allows the participant to develop an agreed Vision for their business and based on their comprehensive Market Analysis, agree its long-term objectives. This course on Creating the Vision will give the participant a clear and agreed vision of their firm, based on its core values and long-term priorities. It will allow participants to debate and identify a commonality of purpose across the whole firm and to ensure that people are clear about its future direction.

Download an application form here

Agreeing the Strategic Plan - Fiona Westwood
This is the last in a series of three practical work-based courses designed to enable participants to create a Vision and Strategy bespoke to their personal business requirements. The courses can be taken individually as stand alone courses or consecutively. This third course allows the participant to identify and formalise the most appropriate strategic option for the firm based on the outcomes of the first two courses (ie comprehensive market analysis, agreed core values and long-term priorities.) This course on Agreeing a Strategic Plan will give participants a clear and agreed formal plan that identifies the strategic development option for their firm. It will allow participants to directly involve and obtain agreement from all key stakeholders are to how that option will be implemented.

Download an application form here

Building the Business Case Mergers & Acquisitions - Andrew Hedley
The first of three in a series which will help participants to chart a successful route through a merger or acquisition process. Long range economic indicators suggest that consolidation amongst firms will be a significant force driving change in the legal sector over the coming years. This course equips law firm leaders with the knowledge needed to create a strategic business case for a merger or acquisition which will allow them to articulate the logic which suggests the merger route as the most appropriate option for their firm. Acceptance of this business case is also the signal for a process of identifying and benchmarking potential merger candidates. This will be done on the basis of objective criteria which will enable the firm to achieve its ambitions. This course provides the tools by which this process can be undertaken and allows participants to create their own bespoke assessment model and documentation.

Download an application form here

Delivering the Deal Mergers & Acquisitions - Andrew Hedley
The second of three in a series which will help participants to chart a successful route through a merger or acquisition process. An appropriately structured negotiation process is crucial for the successful delivery of a merger or acquisition. Developing a clear understanding of the other side’s business, operating model, client base and long term profitability outlook underpins the negotiation. Getting due diligence right is crucial to enable a fair and objective negotiation to be undertaken. Ultimately the opportunity needs to be set out in a prospectus which will both put forward the facts and the potential benefits of the deal.Allowing participants to explore these core components in the merger and acquisition process form the content for this second course in the series.

Download an application form here

Implementing for Success Mergers & Acquisitions - Andrew Hedley
The third of three in a series which will help participants to chart a successful route through a merger or acquisition process.The negotiation team will have a broad and deep understanding of merger or acquisition opportunity that is being presented.The knowledge of the firm’s other Partners or Members will necessarily be much more superficial. In order to secure the mandate to proceed, the leadership team must be able to build a broad consensus that the proposal offers the best opportunity of those available to the firm. It must also be able to demonstrate that business risks have been identified and thought through. Gaining buy-in and doing the deal form the core components of this final course in the merger and acquisitions trilogy.However, “doing the deal” cannot be regarded as the end of the process. Implementation planning and using the first six months of the life of the new firm effectively will be the key factors in guaranteeing ongoing success. Putting this implementation plan in place to ensure that, in the first instance,the firm hits the ground running and, secondly, opportunities are identified and acted on, concludes this course.

Download an application form here