The Bellwether Report 2016: The Riddle of Perception
As the world shifts and the rules change, we explore the differing and often conflicting perceptions of independent lawyers.
It seems the world is in flux and nowhere is this more apparent than within the legal profession. Clients are demanding better value for money. Technology is changing by the day. Lawyers are taking on roles outside their comfort zone.
How do independent lawyers, midsize law firms and sole practitioners see the future? And more importantly, do their clients see things the same way?
Based on structured interviews with 122 independent lawyers and 108 clients, The Bellwether Report 2016: The Riddle of Perception, uncovers some telling differences of opinion. It highlights contradictory perspectives on the issues and how, if at all, the profession is reacting to these. Spanning everything from the demands of the economy and embracing digital technology to managing the client/lawyer relationship, we uncover differences in how lawyers see themselves and their competition, and how they are really perceived by their clients.