"Navigating through growth;from motivation to inspiration"

paper boat euro.jpg

Richard Macklin



Richard Macklin is a seasoned global leader. A world class authority on law firm strategy and market positioning, he assists law firms around the world on leadership development, growth, internationalisation, innovation, sales culture and how to make sense of market disruption. He frequently speaks at conferences around the world, often to audiences of several thousand. 

Richard is a member of the Moller Institute at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School. He is also a faculty member with Meyler Campbell, the renowned business coaching school, and chairs its Advisory Board.  


He was formerly Global Vice Chair of the world’s largest law firm, serving for many years on its global board. Richard also served as Global Client Partner, responsible for handling the firm’s largest multi-national clients and designing the firm’s market-facing strategy. 


He was one of the small team that turned the firm around from 164th to the world’s largest in five years, winning the International Law Firm of the Year award from The Lawyer magazine and most Innovative Law Firm from the Financial Times. 


Richard spent over a decade living in New York, Brussels and Paris, where he founded and headed the office, before returning to London to co-head the M&A division. He then became co-head of the M&A division. 

He served on several Board committees dealing with remuneration, partner nominations, governance, reputational risk and also chaired the Global Clients and Markets Committee. 

Described in the legal directories as “a corporate heavyweight”, his track record of cross-border M&A work spans over 30 years. Much of this work was led out of Europe and the US, but Richard has particular experience in frontier markets, specifically Africa, China, India, the Middle East and Latin America.   

Richard is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in terms of gender, ethnicity, and social mobility, with a keen interest in ensuring cognitive diversity too, not only in the boardroom but at the roots of the business, influencing recruitment policy and leadership development.  He is a mentor for the 30% Club (promoting women in FTSE 250 board rooms) and proud to have worked in a business that was in the Stonewall 100 for four consecutive years. 

Richard regularly delivers workshops at New York University (NYU), King’s College London, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College (where he serves on the Advisory Board of the MBA programme).

Click on the image to watch the video.

richard macklin presenting.png

We asked the team what they see as the big challenge for firms.