Virtual Event

How to Grow a Law Firm: Shaking Things Up With the Consultancy Model

Watch this free session to learn how engaging consultants could help your firm to increase your reach and fee income.

Recorded webinar now available to watch.


A report in 2021 by Arden Partners suggested that within five years, one-third of lawyers could be working under a consultancy model. Is this the future of law firms?

In this instalment of the How to Grow a Law Firm series, Clio’s Geraldine O’Reilly, will chat with the team at illume Legal, to examine how they adopted the consultancy model and how it can work for growing firms.

Join illume Legal’s Kate Partridge and Michelle Harris as they discuss:

  • The consultancy model and what’s involved
  • The pros and cons of running a consultant model firm
  • How to create a consistent brand when all your employees are entrepreneurs
  • The essential systems and processes needed when working with consultants


Duration: 45 minutes


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Kate Partridge

Founder & Director

illume Legal

Kate is an experienced corporate finance lawyer with broad ranging private practice experience. She has advised clients on everything from basic company secretarial matters to large multi-jurisdiction IPOs. She began her career in the private equity field and then moved to a general corporate practice at top City law firm.

Kate has supported startups in early stage funding rounds and enjoys assisting with structural and planning work as well as much larger corporate transactions.

Michelle Harris

Founder & Director

illume Legal

Michelle has 20 years’ experience of advising individuals and corporates from start ups to PLCs on the full spectrum of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, re-organisations, directors’ duties, shareholder arrangements, fund-raisings, investments, management buy-outs/ buy-ins and other private equity and corporate finance transactions.

Michelle was a partner in a City law firm in London before leaving to establish her own successful legal consultancy business in 2013. She founded illume in January 2017 with Kate Partridge.

Michelle has been recognised in the London Super Lawyers list which recognises lawyers who have distinguished themselves and demonstrated excellence in their field of practice.


Geraldine O'Reilly

UK and Ireland Community Manager


Having had nearly a decade of experience in tech and the legal field, Geraldine has a deep understanding of the needs of businesses and lawyers. Geraldine leads Clio’s European events and community strategy and has spoken and moderated on many occasions about the future of legal, law firm growth, and cloud technology and security. Geraldine is also passionate about helping firms grow.

Join and participate in our How to Grow a Law Firm Series in 2022

This event is part of a year-long series, the How to Grow a Law Firm Series, which spotlights law firms who are scaling their law firm in unique ways.

If you are interested in participating in the series or have an a firm in mind that should be spotlighted, please email [email protected]