About Nigel Haddon
Nigel Haddon formed Haddon Consult to help law firms and barristers’ chambers achieve transformational change. Nigel spent nine years as Managing Partner and then CEO of a successful regional law firm, and during that period moved the business from being a ‘High Street’ general practice to being a credible alternative to city-based competitors, deriving the majority of its income from commercial work.
Nigel is a former Chair of the Law Management Section of the Law Society, editor of the same Section’s Merger Toolkit and an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Leading Professional Service Firms course.
Haddon Consult is a management consultancy focused on improving the performance of law firms and barristers’ chambers. We help them improve profitability, gain a healthier balance sheet, achieve planned growth or find the right merger partner or exit strategy. Nigel Haddon helps the leadership of law firms and chambers with their vision and strategy, and supports them as they execute their plans.
For organisations in difficulty, Nigel helps improve cash flow and profitability. For thriving firms, he helps build revenue, improve profit and achieve growth. And where a merger, sale or acquisition is part of your strategy, we can help there too. In fact, whatever you want to achieve, Nigel’s passion for transforming legal businesses, and understanding of what is needed to get where you want, are skills you will want on your side.
What sets Nigel apart is the breadth and depth of his practical experience gained in law firms large and small. Nigel has over thirty years’ experience as a practising solicitor at five different law firms, as well as spending nine years as managing partner and latterly chief executive of a medium sized full service regional law firm.
Nigel’s interest in leadership was kick-started by his attending the Harvard Business School course, Leading Professional Services Firms in 2007. Strategy & leadership were the twin themes of Nigel’s three year tenure (to January 2012) as Chair of the Law Management Section of The Law Society, and Nigel has been a frequent speaker and commentator on the importance of both high quality leadership and a focused strategy to today’s law firms.
Nigel’s practical experience encompasses leading his firm through four successful mergers or acquisitions, as well as a significant team bolt-on. That experience saw Nigel invited by The Law Society to edit the Law Management Section Mergers Toolkit , published in 2012.
Nigel is also the General Editor (jointly with Andrew Otterburn) of the Law Management Section Guide to Business Development , published by The Law Society, February 2015. Nigel co-authored the Guide’s chapter on Pricing with Richard Burcher.