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Smarter Law: transforming busy lawyers into business leaders
by Trevor Faure

Its predecessor, "The Smarter Legal Model: more for less" was described by Professor David B. Wilkins, Harvard Law School as "Like Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point and Jim Collins' Good to is destined to become an important part of any conversation about the role of law and lawyers in the global economy". Subsequently, as Global Leader of Legal Services for EY and CEO of Smarter Law Solutions, Trevor Faure has helped transform over 250 law firms, in-house legal departments and individual careers around the World. The award-winning new book combines two decades of work, case studies and experience.

"Smarter Law: transforming busy lawyers into business leaders" uses the broadest possible range of proven techniques to improve personal, professional and business performance. This range spans "left brain" (logic, maths, data & words) to "right brain" (creativity, emotions, instincts & visuals). This is modern behavioural economics applied to law. Its real-life success comprise intricate behavioural insights and detailed econometrics processes.

And it's funny too.

"Faure’s insightful and practical analysis [is] more important than ever, and makes this…a must read for any lawyer or legal organization seeking to thrive in today’s increasingly competitive and technology-driven global age”.​

David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Faculty Director of the Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

"[The] best roadmap for the modern general counsel. Probably the best book I've ever read setting the stage for the new model General Counsel"​

Paul Lippe, Legal OnRamp founder & Elevate Advisory Board Member

"Based on sound theory and considerable personal experience (the author was the GC of a Big 4 firm), this work gives readers an advanced toolkit, a methodology, for the transformation of legal service"

Professor Richard Susskind, OBE

"There’s much in this ambitious handbook, Smarter Law, that can help improve cost control and law firms’ value, as well as turn lawyers into successful business leaders."

Catherine J. Moynihan, Sr. Director, Strategic Intelligence & Advisor, Hyperion Global Partners

“Nearly three decades ago, a visionary leader, Gene Richter, introduced world class Procurement practices into the field of Marketing and Communication at HP and IBM.  It has taken 30 years for someone like Trevor Faure to bridge the gap between the world of Procurement and that of Legal practice.  In his prescient book, Smarter Law, Trevor demonstrates how good Procurement practices can not only reduce legal costs but improve the quality and efficiency of the legal function.  It is a must read for those who manage Services Procurement as well as internal and external legal counsel.” 

Jimmy Anklesaria, CEO, Anklesaria Group, Inc., Founder, Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego

"In recent months, we have seen a growing movement back to simplicity, from the #bringbackboring campaign, to the simple mantra of ‘people, process, delivery’. The Smarter Law approach isn’t based on the future of law, it is firmly rooted in the here and now. What GCs can do right now to improve efficiencies, working practices and transform the function. The best learning comes from those who have done it before. Don’t take my word for it, get a copy and delve into it yourself – you will benefit and you will learn."

David Burgess, Publishing Director, The Legal 500

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[W]hat marks out Faure from the various consultants in this space is the fact that he is not just a keen observer of the legal scene, but an active catalyst and protagonist, pushing the envelope of the most efficient project management of legal services on a global scale. [E]veryone in the knowledge industry needs to become their own CEO and ‘Smarter Law’ provides us with the working manual to transform ourselves into business leaders. On a personal level, Faure suggests that it may require us to stop spending all our time on the things that we like and the things that have got us so far in our careers, and dedicate some of our time to learning new things…buy, read and then implement some of the transformative suggestions provided by Faure in this book!

Patrick Dransfield,  Co-Director of the In-House Community

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