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Even before the coronavirus began to spread, some law firms were experiencing an existential crisis of a different sort.

“What is our purpose?” firm leaders are asking. Across the U.K., business development teams are spending hours brainstorming how to define a firm’s reason for being. Over their coffee, younger lawyers are pondering whether their firms offer something deeper.

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Paul Hodkinson

Paul Hodkinson is the Editor-In-Chief of Law.com International. Before joining the company in late 2018, he was the Deputy Editor and Comment Editor of Financial News, part of Dow Jones. He has also held roles as Acting Editor of Financial News and Editor of Private Equity News and has written for The Wall Street Journal as well as numerous private equity publications in the U.S. It is his second stint at Legal Week, after he worked at the publication between 2002 and 2008. [email protected]

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