Killed by self-harm: that is one prediction of how traditional law firms could meet their death. To survive, they need to change their culture.

Lawyers used to club together in partnership to bind themselves to a shared commercial purpose, make the most of their collective talents and share the proceeds of their efforts.

This ideal has come under increasing pressure as firms have increased in size and global reach, and abandoned or modified the "lockstep" approach of deciding each partner's slice of profit by seniority, in favour of the evocatively named "eat what you kill" model.


It is easy