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Slater & Gordon (A)

Author(s):  John Coates, Ashish Nanda, Monet Brewerton
Product Number:  HLS 10-07
Publication Date:  April 2, 2012
Length:  13 Pgs
Cost per Copy:  $10.00

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The Slater & Gordon case outlines the transformation of the Australian firm from a conventionally structured partnership through changes in management, strategy and capital structure to the world’s first publicly held law firm. The case recounts the firm’s history, philosophy for growth, and the circumstances leading up to their need for more capital. It explores different options open to the firm and the ramifications of each option on the firm. The cases raise questions about how the transformation in ownership structure will affect Slater’s culture and values and how the firm will balance potentially conflicting claims by clients, lawyers and shareholders.

Learning Objective
The case allows participants to reflect on how law firms’ choice of capital structure interacts with their service market strategy, growth strategy, reward system, and culture. It leads to discussions on the pros and cons of a public ownership versus partnership structure for PSFs. It also encourages participants to speculate how the world of legal services might change if outside ownership is allowed.

Subjects Covered
Professional Services
Change Management
Strategy Formulation

Geographic: Australia
Industry: Law Firm
Event Year Begin: 1935

See also:
Slater & Gordon (B)


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