Embracing Collaboration: Shaping the Future of Legal Excellence at Spencer West

2 July 2024

At Spencer West, collaboration is more than just a buzzword; it’s the cornerstone of our thriving community of legal professionals. We’re excited to extend an invitation to senior lawyers who are ready to embrace a career defined by shared success, innovation, and a sense of community. 

The Heart of Spencer West: Collaboration 

In the ever-evolving legal landscape, we firmly believe that the fusion of collaboration and technical excellence is the key to shaping the future of legal practice. The trend of lawyers gravitating towards fee-sharing firms that prioritise collaboration echoes this sentiment. Beyond benefiting our clients with broad areas of expertise, collaboration creates a unique sense of community, an aspect often overlooked in traditional law firms. 

Community and Partners: Redefining Relationships 

One of the key elements that sets Spencer West apart is our focus on building a strong sense of community. This isn’t something commonly associated with law firms, but we believe it’s a catalyst for success that has been often understated. Collaboration not only benefits our clients, who receive input from multiple experts through a single point of contact, but it also creates a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose among our colleagues. 

In our firm, we refer to our colleagues as Partners rather than consultants. This small shift in terminology reflects a larger commitment to treating each other as equals and co-owners of the firm. We hold regular Partners’ meetings where colleagues have the opportunity to provide input into the direction of the firm. This diverse range of expertise and experiences within our Partnership leads to innovation, such as the introduction of specialist marketing expertise, client seminars and webinars, and the development of new software to support our legal work. 

Inside and Outside the Office: A Hybrid Approach 

While some fee-sharing firms operate as ‘virtual’ law firms where lawyers work autonomously, we believe in the value of a physical office as a hub for collaboration and community. Our offices serve as shared spaces for working, meeting clients, seeking support, and networking. We combine this with a hybrid working structure that allows our Partners to craft their own schedules to suit their commitments. 

Our integrated approach includes social events and modern communication tools that facilitate spontaneous collaboration. From informal networking opportunities to relaxed social events, we believe in building relationships that extend beyond professional settings. 

Structural Collaboration: Building from Within 

Collaboration is not just a concept; it’s ingrained in our business structure. Our intranet system facilitates cross-border and virtual collaboration, crucial for our international footprint. It serves as a dynamic database for creating and joining practice and sector groups, finding colleagues with complementary expertise, and fostering a culture of sharing knowledge. 

We actively encourage lawyers to use these networking tools to collaborate across practice areas, creating a strong pipeline of referral opportunities. Our generous referral fees of around 15% further incentivise collaboration, creating a win-win situation for both colleagues and clients. 

By breaking away from the traditional emphasis on individual achievement, we’re dismantling hierarchies and creating a culture that values shared goals. 

Shared Success: The Fee-Sharing Model with a Modern Twist 

The legal profession has a history of emphasising individual achievement and adversarial practices, often leading to a culture that values individual accomplishments over shared goals. We’re challenging this status quo by investing in supporting each other, offering advice, and leveraging our collective expertise. This not only dismantles hierarchical structures but also leads to more enjoyable and successful legal work. 

At Spencer West, we believe that the fee-sharing model works best when it combines the best of the traditional and the modern. By instilling clear values, including collaboration, in our firm’s structure, culture, and Partners, we empower our lawyers to be stronger and more capable when working together. Clients benefit from a holistic approach to their legal matters, working with a team that collectively possesses extensive knowledge and expertise across various areas of law. This allows us to provide bespoke solutions and innovative strategies tailored to each client’s needs. 

Shaping the Future of Legal Practice 

By nurturing a community of lawyers who value collaboration and mutual support, we are positioning Spencer West as a current, agile, and modern law firm. We are committed to contributing to lasting change in the way law firms operate and the way legal services are provided. Join us in shaping the future of legal practice, where teamwork, innovation, and client-centricity are at the heart of everything we do. 

Emma Sosner
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Emma is the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Spencer West