The managing partner of DMH Stallard – which yesterday unveiled a strategic alliance with Riverview Law  – the senior partner of high-profile London firm Hodge Jones & Allen and the creative mind behind last year’s QualitySolicitors’ television advertising campaign have been added to the line-up for next month’s Legal Futures Conference, The LEX Factor .
They join the likes of Sahar Hashemi, the solicitor who went on to found Coffee Republic, Law Society chief executive Des Hudson, Solicitors Regulation Authority chief executive Antony Townsend, Rocket Lawyer founder Charley Moore and Michel van Luijtelaar, legal industry manager at Google.
Tim Aspinall has successfully negotiated five mergers with other law firms as part of DMH Stallard’s growth strategy and – unlike others to whom Riverview Law talked – made the first move (via Twitter) to engage with the fixed-price law firm which launched last year.
Named ‘Personality of the Year’ by Legal Business magazine in 2006, Mr Aspinall has led DMH Stallard to many accolades and awards, including Best Managed Firm 2007 at the MPF European Practice Management Awards.
The annoucement of DMH Stallard’s strategic alliance with Riverview Law has thrust the firm to the forefront of the market for business law advice. Mr Aspinall will explain how DMH has evolved in recent years, the thinking behind the alliance and his view of how businesses will choose and use lawyers in future.
Patrick Allen is a former president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is very well known for his work on numerous high-profile cases, such as Gulf War illness claims for UK veterans, the New Cross Fire inquest, the MMR and sheep dip multi-party actions and the Marchioness litigation.
He has managed the growth of Hodge Jones & Allen from four people to 190 over the past 35 years and will talk about the business of running a law firm and in particular the strategies Hodge Jones & Allen has employed in recent years to ensure it is on a firm financial footing.
Julian Borra, founder of The Thin Air Factory, was the creative director at Team Saatchi who was behind QualitySolicitors’ major TV advertising campaign this time last year. He has worked with countless top brands, Cadburys, Coca Cola, Golden Wonder, NatWest, Kelloggs, Proctor & Gamble, McVities and McDonalds to name a few.
He will examine the rise of legal brands and how a socially orientated online-activated legal brand has great potential to engage at scale in a way that old-school local practices struggle to.