All posts by Patrick Dransfield

Patrick Dransfield is Co-Director of the In-House Community, wholly owned by Pacific Business Press. Patrick has twenty-two years of experience working in the legal industry: as Asia Managing Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor, and then as Marketing and Business Development Director for Asia for Shearman & Sterling and White & Case respectively. Patrick joined Pacific Business Press as Publishing Director and Co-Director of the In-House Community in 2008 and continues in those roles. His publishing career began with Haymarket Publishing in 1987. Patrick is included in the 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia 2019 by Asia Law Portal: https://asialawportal.com/2018/12/30/30-people-to-watch-in-the-business-of-law-in-asia-in-2019/

Comment: My educated mother had the audacity to work

Writing in the Financial Times in May 2019 the English novelist Jeanette Winterson reflected on 100 years of feminism. She wrote: “Exposing the craziness behind (sex) discrimination really matters because once any kind of discrimination is both accepted and acceptable every other kind gets the run of the road: […]

Women In Law Dialogue series: Is COVID-19 taking Women Lawyers’ careers back to the 1950’s?

“The current crisis has brought existing inequalities to the fore. It also risks exacerbating them”, Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS). Just as the Covid-19 crisis has brutally exposed the fault-lines in the political and cultural mores in various countries and various world leaders, thus the crisis will […]

Knowledge is Power and Information is the Key to Survival

“What I am looking for from external counsel is assistance in areas of risk anticipation, industry-specific discussion and also lobbying.”  Head of Legal, Singapore, SOURCE: In-House Community, June 2020 The quote above is one opinion of sixty recently conveyed to the In-House Community by a senior […]

“Beyond Black Swan: Positioning the law firm for the ‘New Normal’ – a dialogue with General Counsel” Webinar, June 30th, 2020

I am delighted to invite you to a vital webinar on law firm management that will provide you with crucial guidance for the present and immediate future of your law firm. Those firms that have leaders who are the quick to adjust are the most likely […]

Webcast: Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes

On 31st March, 2020, In-House Community, together with LC Lawyers LLP (Hong Kong law firm member of the global EY network), hosted a webinar for over 270 in-house counsel. The webinar covered Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes, and was presented by Kareena Teh, Partner; […]

Who knows what the future will hold?

Looking at the past to work through the Covid-19 crisis

Black Swan Alert! – Covid-19 and what senior partners should be doing right now to survive

As a senior leader in the industry I hope you will find the article below by Paul Smith, former Chairman of Eversheds Sutherland and co-author, helpful. Its intention is to assist law firm executives at a time of crisis with some tried and tested tips regarding […]

A book review of “The Real Deal: Law Firm Leadership That Works” by Paul Smith and Sally Dyson

Lawyers generally have an inbuilt scepticism regarding any form of coaching, which imposes a high bar on authors targeting an audience of busy managing partners. The Real Deal: Law Firm Leadership That Works by Paul Smith and Sally Dyson vaults over that bar with consummate ease […]

Implications of the New China Foreign Investment Law

A discussion of the new China Foreign Investment Law and the creation of an Expert Committee to produce template documents for in-house counsel. By Robert Lewis of docQbot, with an introduction by Patrick Dransfield of the In-House Community.

Whither private practice?

Smarter Law: Transforming Busy Lawyers into Business Leaders by Trevor Faure Book Review (Part 2) Forgive me for starting on a negative note but the chances are that many of you are unlikely to get beyond the third paragraph of this article, less likely still to pull […]

Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and The City of London – A legal and business conference – at The Law Society, 3 June, 2019

The legal and business conference “Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and The City of London”, will take place 3 June, 2019, at The Law Society of England & Wales Head Quarters in the City of London.  “Bringing It All Back Home”, supported by the Law […]

The official charity for the In-House Community Awards in Hong Kong, May 30, 2019, is the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute

The official charity for the In-House Community Awards is the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI). The mission of the cc-TDI is to translate scientific discovery into clinical trials by understanding and proving new disease-specific treatment options for children with cancer. Based in Portland, Oregon, but providing cures […]

Book Review: “SMARTER Law: Transforming busy lawyers into business leaders” – by Trevor Faure

“I cannot say this too strongly: Do not compare yourself to others. Be true to who you are, and continue to learn with all your might.”  Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Philosopher, as quoted by Trevor Faure. Trevor Faure, self-defined as ‘part-translator-part-interlocutor’ between the legal and performance improvement […]

Lawyers are from Mars: Marketing People are from Mercury OR the importance of cognitive diversity in law firms

“We always did feel the same we just saw it from a different point of view. Tangled up in blue.” Bob Dylan In preparation for taking on a new marketing and business development role at an international law firm (this was after I accepted the position […]

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When will the legal industry have its Napster moment?

“I like to think (it has to be!), Of a cybemetric ecology, Where we are free of our labors, And joined back to nature, Returned to our mammal brothers and sisters, And all watched over By machines of loving grace.” Thus wrote the beat poet Richard Brautigan in 1967.  He was definitely […]