'Culture beats strategy': Macfarlanes senior partner Martin on what defines an independent law firm

Macfarlanes senior partner Charles Martin considers the main characteristics of an independent firm, and how they can compete with global rivals

The pieces move around with increasing velocity in the legal firmament. Labels such as “magic circle” can cease to have relevance or at the very least can change in meaning.

So the reader might ask: what does it mean to be an independent law firm today? More importantly, what are the benefits, principally from a client but also from an associate’s perspective, of working with or in an independent law firm?

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