In the UK and Internationally

Tyler Wilson was founded by Dick Tyler and James Wilson in 2016 to work exclusively with law firms and their leaders. Since then, we have worked with over 35 law firms based in the UK, continental Europe, the US, Asia, the Middle East and offshore jurisdictions. We provide a range of bespoke advisory services, working with leaders one-to-one, with leadership teams and with groups of partners. All our work comes to us by word of mouth and recommendations.

Tyler Wilson has deep relations in the UK and many other legal markets. We are privileged confidants to Managing and Senior Partners and key industry figures.  We are able to combine our knowledge of current best practice and sector trends with our own in-depth and very practical experience of law firm management.

Our philosophy is to build long-term relationships with our clients. We work closely together on all our projects. Our clients tell us that they benefit from our joint experience. Our track record as lawyers and leaders in our firms makes us credible with partners in the firms we work with.

We provide independent, objective, dispassionate advice and support. At the same time, we see ourselves as part of our clients’ teams: we are successful when they are successful.

Leadership Experience: Over a 14 year period, I was Senior Partner and Managing Partner of CMS Cameron McKenna LLP and Executive Partner of the CMS alliance. I was elected to be Managing Partner when I was 39. In the following eight years, the firm’s fee income and profit per partner increased by 75% and 150% respectively, the latter being greater than any other City law firm over the same period.

In my roles, I experienced a range of operational challenges: making difficult decisions about office closures and people’s pay and jobs; leading the integration of an international business with total revenues of over €935m,  59 offices in 33 countries an employing more than 5,500 people.

As Chair of my firm’s Board, I led the processes by which the firm made important decisions about its new London premises, international expansion, its merger with Dundas & Wilson and the reorganisation of its partner model. The last of these involved fundamental changes to how partner performance was managed, measured, supported and rewarded.

Leadership Experience: I was the International Senior Partner of law firm, Ince & Co LLP from March 2008 until January 2015, combining the functions often divided between ‘Senior’ and ‘Managing’ partner in other firms.

With 90 partners and a total complement of over 600 people,  the firm operated as a single partnership across its 11 offices in the UK,  Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and China.

The operational challenges during my time in office included oversight of a major project to introduce an entirely new management, remuneration and governance structure in the firm. A successful consultation across the international partnership resulted in the changes being adopted and then implemented alongside a complete revision of the firm’s risk structure through the adoption of a network of LLPs.  The new structure saw the introduction of a strategic Board, which I chaired for three years.

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