Carbon Law Partners has today (Tuesday 8 April) announced its launch following the signing of a three year strategic partnership with LexisNexis®, a leading global provider of content and technology solutions; and the only Microsoft Dynamics® AX global independent software vendor (ISV) partner in the legal sector.
The progressive law firm will deploy LexisOne™ - an enterprise-grade business management solution, powered by Microsoft Dynamics® AX – to underpin its support offering for corporate and commercial lawyers. Lexis®Library and Lexis®PSL will provide lawyers access to authoritative content including up-to-date guidance, legislation, cases, precedent and commentary.
Established by city lawyer Michael Burne and banking director Owain Saunders-Jones, Carbon Law Partners follows in the foot-steps of Keystone Law, Temple Bright and Setfords, but with the aim of attracting Partners and Associates from the top 100 law firms with the offer of no restrictive covenants and greater earning potential.
Chief Executive, Michael Burne explains: “Carbon is for ambitious, client-focused lawyers who want choice, control and freedom. It is for those who want the flexibility of running their own firm, but with the back-up and support of systems used by a top 50 firm wherever they are based.”
“Carbon is the product of extensive research and development during 2013. It is the outcome from listening to what lawyers and clients are saying about what they want from a top commercial practice.”
“Our aim is to attract 50 lawyers over the next five year period generating total billing in the region of £15 million pa. We are rethinking law and the strategic partnership with LexisNexis is a reflection of our commitment to delivering sustainable growth and opportunity for high achieving lawyers. Think of us as the St. James’s Place for commercial and corporate lawyers.”
Operations Director, Owain Saunders-Jones, adds: “Lawyers will have access to top-class practice management software; a library; precedent and research services; a range of concierge services; and a network of like-minded UK leading corporate and commercial lawyers; allowing them to be streamlined and lean if required, but to build big and varied teams on demand. It’s more efficient and more effective.”
“Our partners will be able to do the type of work that they want, with the clients they want, when they want. They will get a fair share of the fees that they bill. When they retire or move on they can sell on the equity in the client relationships that they have built up. We will also recognise performance and the commitment to business quality through the ‘Carbon Bond’, an innovative profit sharing plan to further incentivise exceptional performance from our staff and lawyers alike. This is a unique proposition in a rapidly changing market place that we believe will prove compelling for corporate and commercial lawyers with more than five years PQE. In fact, we are so confident that life with Carbon will be as rewarding as we say; we do not have any restrictive covenants.”
Andy Sparkes, General Manager, LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions, says: “LexisOne provides a modern platform for business operation to the law firm of today and those of the future. LexisOne goes beyond traditional practice management software, providing the enterprise resource planning-style capabilities that Carbon Law Partners will need to succeed in their new business environment. Built on a solid foundation of readily available Microsoft® technologies, it has the flexibility to evolve and scale as the business grows and more partners join. We are delighted to be working with Michael, Owain and their team at Carbon.”
Having studied at Chester College of Law and Leicester University, Michael Burne began his career in law with Denton Hall in 1993 before moving to Allen & Overy. He became Head of the Marketing Division, having been Head of Legal, for St. James’s Place Capital plc in December 2000. More recently he was Governance Director with Openwork, the UK’s second largest financial advisory distribution business, and Managing Director of Paritas, a commercial and corporate law firm based in Cardiff.
Owain Saunders-Jones has over 15 years of experience in the banking sector having spent some ten years with Barclays before joining the UK’s largest retail bank, Lloyds in April 2011 as an Area Director. During his time with Lloyds he was responsible for some 35 branches and 300,000 customers, achieving national recognition for colleague engagement, customer service and business performance.