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Recent Trends in Legal Services New Business Competitions. Presentation by Ann Lee Gibson, Ph.D. By Invitation of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell At Simmons & Simmons London June 7, 2007. Recent Trends on the Client Side. ENHANCED PRODUCTIVITY. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Productivity Curve.

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Recent Trends in Legal Services New Business Competitions

Presentation by Ann Lee Gibson, Ph.D.By Invitation of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell At Simmons & SimmonsLondonJune 7, 2007



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ENHANCED PRODUCTIVITY

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Productivity Curve

RISK/REWARD SHARING

VALUE-BASED BILLING

PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENTS

WORK PROCESS REENGINEERING

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

LAW FIRM CONVERGENCE

HOURLY RATE REDUCTIONS

Source: A New Era—The DuPont Legal Model, page 17


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More RFPs issued lately

  • In the last 2 years, most Am Law firms have received 2 to 3 times more RFPs than before.

  • RFPs are being issued by banks, manufacturers, pharmas, telecoms, investment funds, etc.

  • Clients now start with a short list of firms.


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RFPs expensive for clients too

  • A few bad consultants are out there advising companies – creating RFQs (not RFPs) that don’t distinguish among firms and too-long, onerous processes.

  • Some companies are fascinated with really bad Excel worksheets as RFP response templates.

  • Recent RFP horror stories – consultants fired and rehired, RFPs with hundreds of questions, no interviews conducted, winning firms fired months after being hired, etc.


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Clients want …

  • Lower legal costs

  • Great firms, not just hot lawyers

  • Legal knowledge systems

  • Improved legal processes

  • Lawyer diversity


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Recent Trends on the Law Firm Side


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Entrepreneurs still distinguish themselves

  • Those with inside knowledge have a big advantage.

  • Savvy solutions (not just qualifications) can beat incumbents.

  • Still boils down to sales ability – however that translates well to the client.


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Firms investing in tactical competitions resources

  • Proposal writers, editors, project managers

  • Researchers and competitive intelligence analysts

  • More business development managers

  • Expertise and qualifications databases

  • Proposal templates and boilerplate

  • Proposal and document automation software


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Firms starting to get more systematic with competitions

  • Is this RFP worth the effort?

  • If we do decide to compete, what should we do first, second, third … eighteenth?

  • What role must firm management play in determining pricing decisions, business conflict assessments, staffing?


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Firms still not strategic enough

  • How does this RFP (and this client and this type of work) align with our business plan?

  • What is the firm’s appetite for managing its business plans?

  • Who in the firm is answering the hard questions:

    • Where is the money?

    • Who’s got the most interesting work?

    • What are clients paying the most money for?


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Pricing still hard to talk about

  • Most firms discount fees, even those that deny it.

  • Hourly rates are still rising – many Am Law firms’ top partners’ hourly rates pushing $1,000 / hour.

  • Clients still lobby for alternative pricing, but most accept discounted hourly rates and volume discounts.


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What firms are doing (a little) better

  • Research and competitive intelligence – everybody’s doing research, and some firms are actually developing actionable intel.

  • Interviews – create two-way conversations about this client’s issues.

  • Proposals – offer solutions and legal approaches responsive to this client’s challenges.


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What firms still need to (greatly) improve

  • Don’t wait for RFPs – go pitch your best clients now.

  • Decide if RFP is worth the effort.

  • Interview prospective client to learn vital intel before they compete.

  • Use RFP opportunities to pitch higher value work.

  • Debrief all competitions, win or lose.


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