Rob Knowsley is a high performance coach and facilitator dedicated to assisting law firms and their individual lawyers and managers maximize their return on investment from reasonable inputs of time, money and other resources.

Rob’s 48 years experience and excellent communication and inter-personal skills are your guarantee that your firm and its team members can dramatically improve their effectiveness with great benefit to all stakeholders in your business.


Rob is a very direct, entertaining and effective speaker on law firm management issues, from Engagement Management through Marketing and Profit Improvement and everything in between.


He has spoken throughout Australia and New Zealand at a very large number of conferences of Law Societies( local, regional, state and national), User Groups, Law Firm Associations and individual firms, and has addressed many firm planning meetings.


Rob Knowsley has spent the 48-plus years since his admission as a lawyer in early 1974 working with growth-oriented legal practices. He founded Knowsley Management Services (KMS) in early 1988.

He´s unashamedly passionate about assisting his fellow lawyers to build into their firms a strong ongoing capability to optimise their investments of money, education, experience and time…to produce proper profits…dramatically better profits than most assume possible.

He´s clear in his view that a profitable firm greatly increases options in terms of succession, a real problem for many partners in small-medium firms.

Rob has a long track record of making vast improvements happen in relatively short periods of time in all manner of firms, and brings to his consultancy advice a wide experience from a range of legal roles, having practised as a Barrister and Solicitor, employed lawyer, partner and managing partner, sole practitioner, and in both private practice and Government.

He has served on various State and Regional Law Society councils and committees, and Government committees, lectured and written widely on legal practice management, and is a skilled trainer and facilitator.

Rob`s day to day contact with all manner of firms, especially those where he is retained on an annual basis as a practice coach, gives him a constantly updated flow of information about the changing practical problems the Legal Profession is facing. He has had significant consulting input into over 1385 legal firms, and greatly assisted his many thousands of seminar and workshop attendees.

A significant part of every business day is spent advising lawyers by e-mail, by telephone or in person.

Rob knows what`s needed…what`s possible…and exactly how to achieve it.

His ground-breaking systems for planning full utilisation of human resources, developed originally in the late Eighties, have stood the test of time, being used to huge advantage in a multitude of firms to this day.

Rob and Wendy, born and bred in Wellington, married in 1974, are proud parents of Dean and Candice.

Their other passion is training horses in dressage, and riding them in competition…at a very modest level!

Practitioner testimonials from your peers speak volumes in regard to Rob`s skills…