It is the sets with strong leadership and members who are used to collaborating well together for business that will prosper in this era of change. In this regard, 7 Bedford Row is excellently positioned.
To some ears, this may sound like a statement of the obvious, but those familiar with the inner workings of barristers sets will recognise the reality that there are still many sets out there who, quite frankly, still don't operate as a collective, but a conglomeration of sole practitioners; the 'independent mindset' of the advocate spilling over into how they behave in business with one another. I was even told in a meeting with one set, who shall of course remain nameless, that in their view their barristers competed against one another for work, so how could they possibly work together on a business plan or pool resources for marketing and promotion.
Refreshing to talk to Fay about how her set is gearing up for change, about the level of engagement in the internal discussion and their ideas for evolution.
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