9th January 2013
The main focus of the morning was the inter-firm comparison. Chris Downing from Milsted Langdon prepared the report and ran through the details of each page. There was much discussion about how we can refine the process further to reduce inconsistencies and add to the valuable output.
We started the afternoon debating the role of the UK&I board and agreed that its structure should not change but that discussions on MGI internationally should be included in future managing partner meetings.
Roger and Elaine intend to change the format of “Overseas Aspects” to electronic only, producing more regular but shorter bulletins to be circulated for firms to badge up as they wish. Roger also referred to the MGI Australia Family Survey and suggested we do something similar with the International Families in Business group, which will be looked at further.
New member Bishops was discussed, with members encouraged to make contact.
Peter Winter asked other attendees to fill in an HR survey to identify potential areas of HR support. Peter also introduced CBWHR training days being offered to clients, enquiring as to whether these would be of benefit to MGI or its members.
Paul highlighted that MGI UK&I had entered into an introducer agreement with Bluefin. This gives rise to a 20% commission share on all work referred to them by MGI members.
Rob Kendall shared a flier with other firms about the new COLP and COFA responsibilities that solicitors are facing with the option for them to outsource the COLP part of it.
The first DLiP training day was also discussed as there was concern over its structure and delivery. This was relayed to the ICAEW organisers in the hope that these issues will be overcome.