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Brave New Law

01 April 2020
Small insight innovation

A new programme for forward thinking GCs. We are exploring practical ideas and help with delivering the future of law in person, virtually and via related content.

No matter which industry sector you are in, whether a big team or a small team, many of the challenges GCs face are the same.
And they're not all new.
The challenge of doing more with less, of recruiting and motivating talent, of gaining a voice at the boardroom table, pressures to innovate and unravel the best legal tech solutions whilst running strategic projects for the company –  are all issues that have been here for some time. The solutions to these issues can be solved by collaboration and co-creation. 
Over the next 12 months, we will be exploring the future of law over a series of interactive workshops – virtual & physical, articles and interviews.
Through our workshops we will create a safe space for GCs to collaborate and create tool-kits that can help you navigate some of the challenges of the future. 
Review of latest webinar: Leadership in Extremity

The ‘strong man’ leader is no longer fit for purpose; today’s legal leaders and beyond have to be prepared to show vulnerability, find an authentic style of leading that resonates with others. We need diverse ideas and perspectives to do this.

On Tuesday 7 July we held a #BraveNewLaw, Leading in Extremity webinar. The key ideas and themes that came out of this webinar? Overwhelmingly, the importance of emotional intelligence and empathy for leaders. 

Empathy is fundamental during COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. The culminative effects of stress on individuals is a concern; leaders must be more deliberate in understanding their teams and role modelling behaviours. The changing nature of modern work means empathy is not a 9-5 skill; leaders have to be attuned to the whole context of employees’ situations.

Our audience and panellists felt there’s often too much focus on the leader in much leadership theory and training and not enough on the team and those who follow.  Leadership skills should also be a consideration much earlier on in the legal profession. But leading is always a work in progress.

Honest and practical insights from our panel Rob Booth, Ingrid Cope, Kenny Robertson and Sir Nigel Knowles.


Download the webinar recording

Webinar: Leadership in Extremity
Download and listen to the latest Brave New Law webinar.
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Featured Insights

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Interview with Paul Boyle

In this latest video for our Brave New Law series for GCs, Catherine McGregor speaks with Paul Boyle, Group Deputy General Counsel at Serco and Hilary Ross, Executive Partner of DWF’s London office.

Small panel innovation

Brave New Law: Rapid

As part of Brave New Law, Dr Catherine McGregor provides her thoughts following a video call with DWF's Jonathan Patterson and Stewart Room about a new tool – Rapid.
Small panel clients

Brave New Law: Toolkit One

As part of our Brave New Law series we have ran a series of virtual workshops with a select group of general counsel. We presented two hypothetical situations and applied 'Jobs To Be Done' questioning. Here are some of the thoughts and ideas that came out of our sessions. 
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A personal perspective

Hilary Ross, Executive Partner for DWF's London office, gives her view on Brave New Law, a series of explorations undertaken by DWF in collaboration with Dr Catherine McGregor. Find out more about this programme and how to register your interest.
Small panel future thinking

Brave New Law

Brave New Law is a series of explorations undertaken by DWF in collaboration with Dr Catherine McGregor. We are exploring practical ideas and help with delivering the future of law in person, virtually and via related content. Find out more about this programme and how to register your interest.
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