n Without Prejudice - Reflections on a changing world of legal services : lawfirm strategy

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



When I joined Webber Wentzel on January 2 1984, all the firm's partners were comfortably able to sit around a table in a small boardroom in the Standard Bank Centre at 78 Fox Street, where they met to have coffee every morning and to open the post. Today a partners' meeting at our firm fills our 120 seat auditorium in Johannesburg, with a video conference link to Cape Town where another 35 partners gather. A partners' meeting at our alliance partner, Linklaters, fills a 500 seater auditorium, and is populated by partners from 26 offices around the world. These simple examples highlight the dramatic shift and change in the size, scale and complexity of law firms in South Africa and globally over the past 30 years.

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