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LawyerlinQ in Advocatie magazine: 4 van onze klanten aan het woord

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In Advocatie Magazine van september 2016 volop aandacht voor het fenomeen ‘flex pool’. Bij meer dan de helft van de kantoren die in dit stuk aan het woord komen is LawyerlinQ betrokken of betrokken geweest bij de flex pool. Op de achtergrond en zo hoort het ook.

Door Michel Knapen

Minstens 450 zelfstandig juristen en advocaten. Zoveel zijn er aangesloten bij het Netwerk van Ondernemende Juristen. En veel meer zouden tot het netwerk willen toetreden, maar ze voldoen lang niet altijd aan de criteria, zoals minimaal vijf jaar werkervaring. Wie wel wordt toegelaten, kan mogelijk rekenen op mooie opdrachten van grote advocatenkantoren die soms extra handjes of expertise nodig hebben.

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LawyerlinQ Insights: the 5-Phase Model

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Agility for Professional Service Firms

The LawyerlinQ Model

‘Agile’ is today’s buzzword. Pressured by the market’s increasing dynamism, companies have apparently made agile the new norm for organizational planning. But how does this affect law firms and legal departments? These organizations primarily use human capital and years’ worth of accumulated knowledge. Vested in employment relations that you cannot simply switch on or off at a moment’s notice. What’s more, the above organizations traditionally derive a large part of their identity and ‘company pride’ from the notion that their work can only be done by their very own permanent employees.

Agility = flexibility + speed

Due to their nature, professional service organizations can only increase their agility by becoming more flexible in the way their work is sourced and by learning how to quickly gear up and down. This requires more than just using their ‘own people’, and hiring the occasional temp worker for a few months will not cut it either.

Currently, several frontrunners in international consultancy and advocacy, including PWC, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Allen & Overy, are showing that an alternative approach to sourcing contributes to their success and market position. In the Netherlands, the firm of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek sets a good example. These success stories have sparked a change in the way professional service firms think about staffing.

‘Flex’ on the agenda

As a result, ‘flexibilisation’ can be found on the agendas of numerous management teams and board meetings. The manager and staff organization are thus faced with increasing pressure to quickly come up with a tested, risk-free model that enables the organization to more quickly and efficiently respond to changes and developments in the demand for staffing-based capacity and knowledge. But where does one start? What is the best approach? Published best practices are still unavailable and the first initiatives therefore often proceed the hard way, ‘boiling the ocean’.

Roadmap to agility

The Professional Services Flexibility Maturity Model offers a framework to evaluate how flexible you are as a professional service organization. Moreover, it helps you determine follow-up steps that you could take to increase the agility of the knowledge and human capital that you can have at your disposal.

The Model describes 5 phases and the features that define them. Substantively it was developed based on interviews with Dutch managing partners of large (international) law firms and with legal managers of multinational corporations based in the Netherlands. Furthermore, an analysis has been made of the developments in the creative and IT industries, which provide a good indication of what awaits us in professional services.

 

 

 

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Advocatie.nl: Flexpool steeds belangrijker voor Advocatenkantoren

Stuk van Joris Rietbroek op Advocatie:  In opmars bij meerdere grote dan wel rap groeiende advocatenkantoren: de ‘flexibele schil’ vol zelfstandig werkende advocaten, die kantoren in staat stelt snel grote hoeveelheden werk te verzetten of specialismen aan te bieden die zich niet in eigen huis bevinden. Zo heeft De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek de Flexpool, en Allen & Overy Peerpoint. “Het stelt ons in staat flexibeler en efficiënter diensten te leveren.”

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek riep eind 2013 de Flexpool in het leven, die inmiddels zestig mensen telt en de komende maanden zal doorgroeien naar zo’n honderd zelfstandige advocaten en juristen. Voor De Brauw was de reden om de huidige Flexpool op te zetten een tweeledige, licht managing partner Martijn Snoep toe. “We kampen geregeld met enorme pieken in het werk, zodat we plotseling enorm veel extra mankracht nodig hebben omdat ons personeel zulke pieken niet op kan vangen. Daarnaast stelt de Flexpool ons in staat bepaalde werkzaamheden efficiënter en goedkoper te leveren aan onze cliënten.”

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