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Briefing: In-house special | Interview with Jessica Burston, director of operations, Royds Withy King (July/August 2018) 

Briefing: Near pressure | Interview, team profile, business development, CMS (June 2018)

Briefing supplement: Processing powers (May 2018)

Briefing: Feel the path | Interview, team profile, client relationship management, Shoosmiths (May 2018)

Briefing: Future frontiers | Event report, Briefing Operational Leaders in Legal 2018 (April 2018)

Briefing: Power to the portal | Interview with Alison McClure, divisional director, litigation and dispute resolution, Blake Morgan (March 2018) 

Briefing: Ideas people | Interview, team profile, legal services delivery, Hogan Lovells (February 2018)

Briefing: Hit the roadmap | Interview, management team profile, Minster Law (December 2017)

Briefing: Push for 2020 | Interview with Rod Harrington, chief operating officer – Europe, Middle East and Asia, Norton Rose Fulbright (November 2017)

Briefing: Socially capitalise | Interview with Derek Cummings, HR and operations director, Burness Paull (October 2017)

Briefing: Sectoral feeling | Interview, team profile, disputes pricing and business development, Herbert Smith Freehills (September 2017)

Briefing supplement: Intelligent businesses (September 2017)

Briefing: Seize the play | Interview with Carol Sawdye, chief operating officer, PwC network (July 2017)

Briefing supplement: Cloud uncovered (June 2017)

Briefing: Machine yearning | Interview with Jonathan Agar, CEO, Birketts (June 2017)

Briefing report: Innovation in Global Legal Business (June 2017)

Briefing: Shared visions | Event report, Operational Leaders in Legal 2017 (May 2017)

Briefing: Team players | Interview with Cornelius Grossmann, global head of law, EY (April 2017)

Briefing: Aiming for inequality? | Interview with Elliott Portnoy, global CEO, Dentons (March 2017)

Briefing: Let's get flexible | Interview, team profile, knowledge management and innovation team, Taylor Wessing (February 2017)

Briefing: Intelligent designs | Interview with Professor of information technology and management Tom Davenport (December 2016)

Briefing report: Legal IT Landscapes 2017 (December 2016)

Briefing: Sweeten your offer – employer branding strategy | Event report, Briefing 5P (November 2016)

Briefing: Ready for takeoff | Interview, team profile, Ashurst Advance (October 2016)

Briefing: Purchasing powers | Interview with Marty Harlow, procurement director, GlaxoSmithKline (September 2016)

Briefing supplement: Finance leaders (September 2016)

Briefing: Learning leadership | Interview, team profile, finance team, Shoosmiths (July 2016)

Briefing: Flexible futures | Interview with Richard Punt and Tony Corcoran, Peerpoint (June 2016)

Briefing: Game changers | Interview with Neil Smith, finance director, Gateley (May 2016)

Briefing: Reporting for duty | Interview with Libby Jackson, global head of alternative legal services, Herbert Smith Freehills (April 2016) 

Briefing: Leaders in continuous improvement | Interview, IT team, Taylor Wessing (March 2016) 

Briefing: Office space explorers | Interview with Barabra Mendler and Razvan Cretu, CMS  (February 2016) 

Briefing: Innovation and technology | Interview with Karen Jacks, IT director, Bird & Bird  (December 2015) 

Briefing: The people issue 2015 | Interview with Carol Ashton, HR director, DLA Piper (November 2015) 

Briefing: Reviewing resourcing in 2015 | Chris Oglethorpe, HR director, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (October 2015)

Briefing: Pricing, projects, productisation | Jason Haines, finance and operations director, Allen & Overy (September 2015)

Briefing: Middle East and Africa in 2015 | Boris Martor, head of Africa group, Eversheds (July 2015)

Briefing: Strategic change in 2015 | Richard Scase, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Change, University of Kent (June 2015)

Briefing: Is legal a content business? | Nick Thody, head of client knowledge, Osborne Clarke (May 2015)

Briefing supplement: Turning paper into process (May 2015)

Briefing: Asia-Pacific opportunities in 2015 | Cath Evans, UK CEO, Slater and Gordon (April 2015)

Briefing: Profitable growth in 2015 | Mark Whitley, COO, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (March 2015)

Briefing: Business resilience in 2015 | Scott Nicholl, head of risk, Hogan Lovells (February 2015)

Briefing: Legal IT in 2015 | Haig Tyler, chief information officer, Herbert Smith Freehills (December 2014)

Briefing: the People issue 2014 | Interviews with leaders across all roles in leading top 100 firms (November 2014)

Briefing: Process and projects | Nick West, UK managing director, Axiom (October 2014)

Briefing: Pricing and profitability | Chris Emerson, director, practice economics group at Bryan Cave (September 2014)

Briefing: Knowledge and process in 2014 | Stuart Hopper, director of Baker & McKenzie's M&A department (July 2014)

Briefing: Strategy | Interview with Dan Fitz, BT's global GC (June 2014)

Briefing: People, change and transformation | Interview with Andrew McEachern, global people and development director, Norton Rose (May 2014)

Briefing: Marketing tomorrow's firm | Interview with Ash Coleman-Smith, marketing director, BLP (April 2014)

Briefing: Managing risk in 2014 | Interview with Chris Vigrass, director of risk management, Ashurst (March 2014)

Briefing: Finance management in 2014 | Interview with Peter Hickman, CFO/COO, Linklaters (February 2014)

Briefing: Legal technology in 2014 | Interview with Paul Caris, CIO, of Eversheds (December 2013)

Briefing: The people issue | Interview with Andrew Darwin, COO, DLA Piper (November 2013)

Briefing: Process and profitability in 2013 | Interview with Richard Jones, director of the leadership team, Wragge & Co (October 2013)

Briefing: Pricing and profitability in 2013 | Interview with Kevin Doolan, head of client relations, Eversheds (September 2013)

Briefing: Knowledge management in 2013 | Interview with Lucy Dillon, director of knowledge management, Berwin Leighton Paisner (July 2013)

Briefing: Strategies for growth 2013 | Interview with Amanda Burton, COO, Clifford Chance (June 2013)

Briefing: People strategies for global growth 2013 | Interview with Kay Willis, HR director, Hogan Lovells (May 2013)

Briefing: Marketing tomorrow's law firms | Interview with Elizabeth Chambers, Freshfields (April 2013)

Briefing: Finance management in 2013 | Interview with Robert Boardman, FD, Herbert Smith Freehills (March 2013)

Briefing: Risk management for law firms | Interview with Michelle Garlick, Weightmans’ risk and compliance practice head (February 2013)

Briefing: Legal IT in 2013 | Interview with Gareth Ash, chief information officer at Allen & Overy (December 2012)

Briefing: The people issue | Interviews with leaders across all roles in leading top 100 firms (November 2012)

Briefing: Business process management for law firms | Interview with Thereza Snyman at Kingsley Napley (October 2012)

Briefing: Agility and business management | Interview with Christina Blacklaws at Co-operative Legal Services (September 2012)

Briefing: Creating value with knowledge | Interview with Sam Dimond at Norton Rose (July 2012)

Briefing: Strategy in 2012 | Interview with John Pickering at Irwin Mitchell (June 2012)

Briefing: Business development for 2012 | Interview with Lance Sapsford at Addleshaw Goddard (May 2012)

Briefing: Human capital management | Interview with Kevin Hogarth at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (April 2012)

Briefing: Strategic information and business intelligence | Interview with David McLaughlin at Simmons & Simmons (March 2012)

Briefing: Risk and compliance in 2012 | Interview with Heather McCallum of A&O (February 2012)

Briefing: Legal technology | Interview with Jan Durant of Lewis Silkin (December 2011)

Briefing: E-discovery | Interview with Jonathan Maas, Ernst & Young (November 2011)

Briefing: Competitiveness and the Legal Services Act | Interview with Paul Harding, ABS Consultants (October 2011)

Briefing: Outsourcing | Interview with Sue Shale, CFO, Farrer & Co (September 2011)

Briefing: Knowledge management - Information superheroes | Interview with Tom Baldwin, CKO, Reed Smith (July 2011)

Briefing: Strategy and management | Interview with Rupert Egerton-Smith, head of strategy and business transformation, Linklaters (June 2011)

Briefing supplement: Infrastructure, IT and facilities, strategy and the future (June 2011) 

Briefing: HR -an L&D special - Training Generation Y | Interview with Jonathan Bond, Pinsent Masons (May 2011)

Briefing: Alternative fee arrangements | Interview with Neil Kinsella, CEO of RJW (April 2011)

Briefing: Risk and Compliance | Interview with Tom Arrowsmith at Olswang (March 2011)

Briefing: Marketing and BD | Interview with Laurie Robertson global head of marketing and BD, Baker & McKenzie (February 2011)

Briefing: Document management | Interview: Damien Behan, IT director, Brodies (December 2010)

Briefing: Cloud and outsourced IT for law firms | Interview with David Bason, IT director, Shoosmiths (November 2010)

Briefing: Finance management | Interview with Sarah Wilkinson, finance director, FFW (October 2010)

Briefing: Legal Services Reform | Interview with Professor Stephen Mayson (September 2010)

Briefing: Staffing and resourcing | Interview with Jill King, global head of HR, Linklaters (August 2010)

Briefing: Finance and Business intelligence | Interview with Alan Hodgart, Huron Consulting (July 2010)

Briefing: Legal efficiency | Interview with Professor Richard Susskind (June 2010)