Re-tuning your firm

Join us for the ‘Retuning your Firm’ live show on Friday, 26 April 2024 at 9 am. This show remains open to all at no cost.

During this live show, we will explore the findings of the quarterly Sector Trends Tracker completed by members of the research panel in April 2024.

Featured survey:

A key philanthropic contribution of the Managing Partners’ Forum is to act as a reliable centre of excellence in providing leadership teams, the media, investors, Government and other key audiences with the views of the leadership teams at professional services firms, the UK’s largest and most profitable business sector and the largest contributor to UK exports. Started in 2011, our definitive quarterly Sector Trends Tracker is completed by 98% to 100% of the 91 firms on the formal research panel. The government advises that the Tracker “validates issues from other sources”.

Key topics include:

  • Issues being discussed at partner/director meetings.
  • Business priorities, management activities and barriers to optimal performance.
  • Projected activity levels, headcount, and flow of new work over the next year.
  • Extent of home working and office space requirements over the next year.
  • Key metrics for successful firms.
  • Anonymous messages to the Government.


This live show will be co-hosted by Richard Chaplin, Founder and Chief Executive of the Managing Partners’ Forum, and Rustom Tata, Chairman of law firm DMH Stallard. Rustom specialises in reputation management, senior-level restructuring and removal of high-profile individuals.

Agenda for the show on Friday 26 April

  • 09.00 Introductions from co-hosts: Richard Chaplin, Founder and Chief Executive of the Managing Partners’ Forum, and Rustom Tata, Chairman of law firm DMH Stallard.
  • 09.05 Political update: John Rowland, Managing Director of H/Advisors Cicero.
  • 09.15 Tracker findings: Richard Chaplin presents the findings of the quarterly Sector Trends Tracker.
  • 09.30 Panel session: Richard, Rustom and John are joined by Rod Meade, Finance Director and Head of Risk, Chair of Operations at property firm Carter Jonas and Sophie Wardell, People Director at law firm Higgs.
  • 09.45 Close
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Apr 26 2024


09:00 - 09:45




Managing Partners' Forum


  • John Rowland
    John Rowland
    UK Consulting Lead at H/Advisors Cicero

    John Rowland is UK Consulting Lead at H/Advisors Cicero, the award-winning political consultancy. A strategic communications consultant with 17 years’ experience working in London and Washington D.C., he has advised clients in financial and professional services, technology, global hospitality, defence and mining industries. He is known for his work on complex issues in highly regulated markets. He was named 2023 Public Affairs Professional of the Year in the PR Week UK Corporate, City and Public Affairs Awards. At the time of his award, PR Week said “the respected agency figure has built a formidable reputation, reflected in the value that clients place on his insightful and strategic counsel and proactive, enthusiastic style.”

  • Richard Chaplin
    Richard Chaplin
    Founder & Chief Executive of the Managing Partners' Forum

    Richard Chaplin is the Founder & Chief Executive of the Managing Partners’ Forum. He is a super-connector with a unique global network amongst CEOs and management teams at professional firms as well as external advisers to the sector. He helps members address their strategic leadership and management excellence issues. Also acts as an independent voice to UK Government on behalf of the professional services sector.

  • Rod Meade
    Rod Meade
    Finance Director and Head of Risk, Chair of Operations, Carter Jonas

    Rod Meade is Finance Director and Head of Risk, Chair of Operations at property firm Carter Jonas. With considerable board level experience integrating business acumen with empathy and insight, Rod builds relationships that engender lasting partnerships, teams, and inclusive workforces which thrive. Well versed in change management and business transformation, including IT systems development and infrastructure modernisations, he guides firms through a variety of challenges. Also has a strong sense of ethical practice and the stamina to see robust projects through to the end.

  • Rustom Tata
    Rustom Tata
    Chairman, DMH Stallard

    Rustom Tata is chairman of DMH Stallard. Having spent many years representing clients in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK, Rustom now concentrates on providing strategic and tactical employment law advice to clients, focusing in particular on reputation management. His work often involves advice to management teams or trustee boards relating to senior level restructurings and the removal of senior executives, head teachers and others with high profiles both inside and outside of the client’s organisation. The majority of Rustom’s client base is made up of repeat referrals or client recommendations leading to new business.

  • Sophie Wardell
    Sophie Wardell
    People Director, Higgs

    Sophie Wardell is People Director at law firm Higgs. An experienced qualified HR professional, Board member and workplace mediator, Sophie focuses on developing and delivering effective and innovative strategies for talent acquisition, reward, engagement and EVP, wellbeing and inclusion. Responsible for creating and leading award-winning teams able to guide and advise leaders through periods of change and significant growth. Combines strong influencing and analytical skills with a pragmatic and results-oriented approach.

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