Eyebrows raised at virtual model
When Andrew Woolley left a perfectly good law practice in 1996 to strike out on his own with a vision of a new type of solicitor's firm, a few eyebrows were raised.
But his determination to look at a different way of operating in a very traditional sector, embracing emerging technology to work smarter and faster, with a service built around the client, has really paid off.
He remains managing partner of specialist family law firm Woolley & Co and is still on hand to advise but is now largely a non-fee-earning partner, instead devoting his time to running and growing the business and being very much in demand as an advisor and speaker on how to run a virtual business and the future for professional firms.
"Because of my experience with Woolley & Co, I am seen in some quarters as an expert in things like virtual and e-business issues, as well as the future for the legal sector. It is very nice to be asked to speak at so many events and be involved with such a wide range of organisations," said Stratford-upon-Avon-based Andrew, who has delivered workshops on running a modern professional services firm for accountancy and legal groups.
"I often get asked for advice on these issues and am happy to help where I can."
Andrew has recently been asked to speak at the 2020 Lawyers' Group annual conference for the second year running.
Andrew, very much in demand on the speaking circuit due to his experience in running a law firm and harnessing e-commerce, will be speaking on running a modern day law firm at the event in Coventry in October.
The 2020 Group is a leading UK membership organisation for professionals to share good practice.
Andrew can be reached on 0800 3213832.