Partners Face Each Other

The partnership agreement of a nationwide law firm needed renegotiating, amidst a culture of discontent and mistrust. We were called upon to help aid communication and negotiation within the organisation. The first national partners' meeting was held, as well as a series of negotiations planned and facilitated by us.

The Negotiating Challenge

One of
Australia’s major law firms was the result of federating leading solicitors in
each state. The national centre had been consolidated in a single major city. This
proved less profitable than had been expected.

  • The other states blamed this on the ineffectiveness of the chief meeting
  • They also felt that the head office group had failed to lift their share in Australia’s major market
  • There had been no national partners meeting for two years

How ENSI Helped

Our
consultant designed and facilitated national meetings between key partners and
within state partnerships. These negotiations revealed the diverse issues, interests
and needs that were pulling the partnership apart.

  • ‍Newer, younger partners had in fact significantly different attitudes to those that were being expressed on their behalf at the national executive
  • ‍The problem could not be resolved until a cross section of partners (not based on hierarchy) met and clarified their positions
  • ‍A retreat was held at which a new draft partnership agreement was hammered out with our facilitation
  • ‍This draft formed the basis of the first national partners’ meeting some months later at which it was endorsed.

Outcomes

The result of our series of negotiations planned over a number of months was

  • A restoration of trust
  • A viable marketing plan
  • A great improvement in morale
  • The chief executive retaining his position.

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ENS International (ENSI) provides negotiation consulting and training services helping people and organizations think and act differently to achieve more. 

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