NEWS: Two new consultants from specialist consulting firm, Outer Circle join Gulland Padfield’s professional services team in London

NEWS: Two new consultants from specialist consulting firm, Outer Circle join Gulland Padfield’s professional services team in London

Harriet Creamer and Gina Jennings join strategy consultancy Gulland Padfield as Consultants to advise professional firms on their operational performance, knowledge management strategy and post-merger integration.

Gulland Padfield is pleased to announce that two new Consultants are joining the firm’s London consulting practice, which advises the management teams of leading professional practices.

Harriet Creamer and Gina Jennings who founded the specialist consulting firm, Outer Circle, are joining Gulland Padfield to work with leading practices and law firms in three areas: (i) improving their operational performance and profit margins through better management of knowledge assets (ii) launching new service lines and growing business through enhanced practice management and knowledge deployment and (iii) realising the operational and knowledge synergies in post-merger integration.

Speaking about the announcement, James Edsberg said, “We’re all delighted to welcome Harriet and Gina as colleagues. They bring experience of having worked with senior management teams of some of the world’s leading professional firms. Our clients will find their insights and advice exceptionally valuable as they look for guidance and ideas on how to manage their business more efficiently by leveraging knowledge for the benefit of clients. This is a vital aspect of our work with professional firms as they aim to deliver world class client service and advice. Above all, Harriet and Gina’s background in management roles themselves means that they know what works from a practical perspective and how to achieve internal buy-in.”

Speaking about joining the announcement Gina Jennings said, “We are delighted to be combining our approach at Outer Circle with the award-winning teams at Gulland Padfield. We see tremendous synergies between our expertise in the professional services sector – particularly in the legal market and around service delivery – and the work Gulland Padfield does to implement best practice in Client Strategy. Our teams have, between them, worked with most of the world’s Top 50 law firms - and that means we have a unique perspective to help others make informed choices about what to prioritise and where to invest time and energy to deliver excellent client service.”

Harriet Creamer, formerly a partner at international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer and Head of Knowledge Management at the firm, said, ‘We have known of Gulland Padfield’s work and excellent reputation in the sector for many years and have been working closely with them since April this year through Outer Circle, the specialist professional services consultancy Gina and I founded in 2008. We’re delighted to have formalised this relationship and to have combined our capabilities in a way that is going to help both firm’s clients.”

About Harriet Creamer

Harriet brings a wealth of experience in the legal services sector to Gulland Padfield. She spent many years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, where she practised as a corporate lawyer and became partner in charge of Knowledge Management, leading, developing and managing the firm’s knowledge services across their worldwide network of offices. She left Freshfields and, together with Gina Jennings, founded Outer Circle, the specialist consultancy to provide knowledge management and practice development advice, principally to professional services firms. She specialises in helping organisations to use their knowledge strategically to drive their businesses forward, supporting quality, strengthening client relationships and achieving their business goals.

Gina Jennings

Gina spent much of her career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, latterly in a management role where she was involved in a range of management projects relating to the firm’s use of knowledge, as well as online services, recruitment and retention, pricing and profitability. Since leaving Freshfields she has been a director of Outer Circle, a consultancy she established with Harriet Creamer to provide knowledge management and practice development advice, principally to professional services firms. She works with some of the world’s leading professional services organisations to help them leverage their knowledge in order to improve business performance. Gina qualified and practised as a lawyer, both as a barrister and in private practice. She is a qualified performance coach, specialising in leadership coaching for boards and in change management.

About Gulland Padfield

Gulland Padfield is the award-winning strategy consultancy which provides strategic advice, interim management and consulting services to organizations in the financial services, business services and professional services sectors. The firm helps organisations become profoundly client-centric, transforming their performance and profitability as a consequence. Over the last 14 years, Gulland Padfield’s teams have advised and worked with many global business and financial services groups including 8 of the Top 10 Global Investment Banks, 11 of the Top 20 Global Private Banks, 31 of the world’s Top 50 law firms including 10 of the Top 20 US law firms.

Recent projects include advising our clients in the US, Europe and Asia on issues relating to growth strategy, organisational transformation, client relationship management, institutional account management, market entry and brand strategy.

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