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Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is designed to help you drive innovation in your firm.  Its objectives are to:

  • Help you learn about the latest research on innovation within professional services, including trends, and case studies
  • Discover  how your firm benchmarks vs. peers using the Spiranti Six Essential framework
  • Create a plan to drive innovation within your firm

This in-house bespoke workshop is based on the latest techniques and research. It also fast-paced, practical and has often been run as part of Partner Conferences or team away days to much acclaim.


  • Up to 20 people
  • 4-5 hours
  • Price upon application


  • Presentation on the latest research on innovation within professional services, including trends, case studies and how your firm benchmarks vs. peers
  • 2-6 break out groups – each to focus on an innovation challenge; Ideation, Prototyping and Business Case for your concept
  • Pitch back to the whole group, vote on the leading ideas and award ceremony
  • Next steps


  • Briefing session with your team
  • Pre-read – Book chapter on innovation (Professional Services Leadership Handbook)
  • Case studies and briefing pack
  • Mix of leaders and front line staff to complete Innovation Benchmark survey

Post workshop

  • Write up of the session and action plan
  • Debrief session with leadership team on how to implement the plan

The benchmark is based on the Spiranti Six Essentials framework.

  1. Leadership – Does your leadership accept that innovation is critical and do you have a clear innovation strategy?
  2. Investment – Do you invest in a coherent portfolio of initiatives?
  3. Innovation process  – Have you developed an innovation method that suits your firm?
  4. Technology – Do you invest in the right technologies, and are they used effectively?
  5. Collaboration – Are you collaborating with the right people and organisations?
  6. People – Do you have the people and culture?

The benchmark highlights how you compare to your competitors and identifies strengths and priorities for improvement.




Simon Drane

I have held numerous positions within the professional services sector over the last 25 years, at a FTSE 100 legal information solution provider, a legal technology consultancy, a law firm, an accounting firm, and a legal membership organisation.

I have qualifications in law and tax, and deep experience in commercial product strategy. I have board level experience of both executive and non-executive roles, and as CEO of a technology startup. I have a strong track record in creating innovative product strategies resulting in multiple new multimillion pound high growth lines of business. I led the new investments product strategy area at LexisNexis and created and launched many of the next generation content and workflow product offerings for lawyers.

At the Law Society I ran the commercial arm of the organisation and restructured a set of commercial investments through taking board seats. I also implemented a new commercial strategy including a significant shift in focus to legal technology innovation including the launch of a legal tech focused Barclays EagleLab accelerator. I have also held senior knowledge management roles in both law and accounting firms. I established earlsferry advisory towards the end of 2018 to help people with their product strategies, whether they are technology businesses, professional services businesses or investors into these spaces.


Ben Kent

I started my career as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields. I set up Meridian West in 2001 and have spent the last two decades advising professional services businesses on how to design and implement client focused strategies. My clients include the Financial Times, Kemp Little, Bond Dickinson, Linklaters, Farrer & Co., Hogan Lovells, Allen & Overy, DLA Piper and Addleshaw Goddard. I am a graduate of Cambridge University.

I have published widely and spoken at conferences around the world on various aspects of strategy for law firms, including innovation, technology, financial performance, client trends and the competitive environment.



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