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Cass professor presents to the crème of the Spanish legal industry

Professor Laura Empson spoke on her research on leadership and governance in law firms

On 23 February, Professor Laura Empson, Director of Cass's Centre for Professional Service Firms, spoke to nearly 300 people from Spain's legal industry about her research on leadership and governance in law firms.

At the flagship event she shared the stage with members of the senior management teams of top Spanish law firms Uria Menendez and Cuatrecasas, Gonclaves Pereira, as well as the Dean of the Bar Association of Madrid. The group responded to Laura's research in a panel discussion.

In Spain all lawyers will soon need to study broader business and management subjects as part of their training, alongside their core law modules. This includes leadership and governance. Laura presented findings from two of her major research studies, examining how the partnership form of governance creates distinctive leadership challenges in law firms and how leaders can gain and utilise power in this context. She also analysed what makes a good law firm leader, how the requirements of leadership change as a law firm grows, and how law firm leaders need to adapt their leadership style during an economic crisis.

Organised by the School of Law at the University of Navarra, one of Spain's leading universities, the event was hosted in Madrid, where much of Spain's legal industry is based.

An interview with Laura appeared in Expansion - Spain's leading financial newspaper - to coincide with the conference.

More information on Cass's Centre for Professional Service Firms.

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