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18 April – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The Fourth Annual Law Fir…

18 April – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The Fourth Annual Law Firm Global Management Forum will be held in London at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane on 26 and 27 May 2005. The Forum is presented by the Hildebrandt Institute, produced by Glasser LegalWorks, and is sponsored in part by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Citigroup.

Glasser LegalWorks is the premier producer of legal and law practice seminars and a business within The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX). The Hildebrandt Institute is the executive education division of Hildebrandt International, a multidisciplinary consulting firm helping professional service organizations plan, implement and achieve their management and strategic goals.

At this year’s forum, law firm leaders will address new strategies for achieving greater profitability and managing performance in a fluid environment. “Few programs address the tough issues facing law firms,” said Brad Hildebrandt, chairman, Hildebrandt International and co-chair of the Law Firm Global Management Forum. “This forum will focus on what it takes to be competitive in the global business of law. We’ve committed our focus on strategy and leadership issues by bringing together an outstanding faculty from firms of all sizes with different approaches to the practice of law to give attendees a clear understanding of the local and global marketplace.”

The forum’s faculty of law firm and corporate leaders from the United States, United Kingdom and Europe include Christine Lagarde, chairwoman of the Global Policy Committee, Baker & McKenzie; Dr. Chris McKenna, Said Business School, Oxford University and Clifford Chance Centre for the Management of Professional Service Firms; Frederick J. Krebs, president, Association of Corporate Counsel; Tom Scott, partner, KPMG; Dan DiPietro, vice president, Citigroup Private Bank. These moderators will analyze and review market trends, provide comparisons across jurisdictions, give significant input from clients in terms of their needs and expectations, and offer insights from successful firms on adopted strategies. Amanda White with Office Tiger in the U.K. will give the forum’s keynote address, “Outsourcing: Is It the New Paradigm?”

Hildebrandt maintains that the global expansion of law firms has brought about heavy competition between U.S. and U.K. firms, with increased competition for business within each other’s jurisdictions. Over two days, the 2005 curriculum will touch on this and address issues central to the changing legal landscape, including

— key performance and profitability trends;
— determining the right strategy in a changing industry;
— how client relationships are changing;
— partner remuneration and what makes for an effective structure;
— techniques for managing profitability;
— developing the right business model for today’s market; and
— dealing with the tough leadership issues, including the role of the
top teams and partners.

Registration information is available online at http://www.legalwks.com . Those with questions or comments regarding the 2005 Law Firm Global Management Forum can contact Glasser LegalWorks in the U.K. and Europe by phone at +44-(0)20-7307-0600 and in the U.S. at +1-973-890-0008 or by e-mail at orders@glasserlegalworks.com .

Glasser LegalWorks

Glasser LegalWorks, part of the Thomson FindLaw portfolio of law firm marketing and client development brands and a business within The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX), is widely known for its management events, including The Marketing Partner Forum, Law Firm Leaders Forum and Executive Director/CFO Forum; its substantive law seminars, including ERISA Litigation, Annual Proxy Statement and Disclosure Documents conference and SEC Disclosure and Accounting conference; and its newsletters, including Wall Street Lawyer and M&A Lawyer.

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