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The Law Firm of the Future

Adapting to a Changed Legal Marketplace

John M. Westcott

During the “golden age of law firm growth” from the late 1960s until 2007, most large law firms adopted a default growth strategy, increasing practice areas and offices, aided by the momentum of the tail winds of law firm growth. Since the recession of 2008-2009, however, the legal marketplace has drastically changed. In this timely book, Jay Westcott suggests strategic building blocks that firms can adopt in order to adapt themselves to this radical change and prosper as lasting institutions.
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Chapter 11: Balancing professionalism and quality of life

John M. Westcott

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For lawyers and staff to perform well consistently throughout a long career, a firm must create an environment that supports hard work but also a balanced life. Particularly, in this era of being constantly on call through the Internet and cell phones, most lawyers and staff need to pace themselves to do their best work consistently over a long career. The firm needs to provide protection for the lawyers to achieve a balanced life, and a culture of training can be instrumental in sustaining the enthusiasm of lawyers and staff throughout a demanding career.

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