Rob is past co-chair of the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Law Firm Management Committee and he served on the steering committee of the IBA’s Presidential Task Force on the Future of Legal Services. He is also a past chair of the American Bar Association’s International Law Practice Management Forum. He is a founding co-chair of the IBA’s signature ‘Building the law firm of the future’ conference held in London each November. He has co-authored eight books on law firm strategy and management topics and is currently busy with a ninth. Besides his mainstream strategy and business consulting work, Rob’s practice increasingly involves advising firms on digital alignment of their business models with the emerging legal needs of clients who are being disrupted as the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ gathers momentum. He is a prolific writer and speaker on this topic.
As part of his own ‘pro bono’ work, Rob plays a leading role in IBA initiatives to enhance business management practices among smaller law firms in sub-Saharan Africa. This has involved work so far in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Rob holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Henley Management College in the United Kingdom. He is currently undertaking a PhD research project with the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, on value creation in large law firm mergers over the past two decades.