OUR EXPERIENCE

We have unrivalled experience advising the world’s leading professional service firms on using their brand to drive growth and transformation.

 

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Linklaters


One of the first international firms to invest leadership time and energy in law firm branding to create a globally unified brand.

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White & Case


Positioning White & Case as a global law firm with a distinctive ‘G20 flavour’ through powerful messaging and thought leadership.

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KPMG


Repositioning KPMG Management Consultants—the fastest growing division of one of the Big 4 professional service firms.

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Mayer Brown


Developing a new brand strategy for a distinctively global law firm, delivering excellence across four continents.

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PA Consulting


New purpose-led brand positioning for one of the world’s leading innovation and transformation consultancies.

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Baker McKenzie


Helping the pioneering firm, that invented the first 20th-century global law firm brand, reinvent it in the 21st.

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ABOUT US

Principia is a strategic brand consulting firm with a difference

We're specialists in a world of generalists.
 

We have unrivalled expertise and experience in advising the world's leading professional service firms – led by consultants, lawyers, scientists, architects and engineers – on using their brand as a powerful driver of growth and transformation, not just decoration.

 

Transformational brands are much more than logos we work with our clients to define a brand platform that ignites their strategy, defines their purpose and go-to-market proposition, and inspires actions that change market perceptions and drive demand.

 

Professional service firms can be tough to navigate — but we know how — we’ve worked with hundreds of them. From huge, global firms operating across every continent and every major economy, to smaller, boutiques, sometimes operating from a single location. 

 

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OUR SERVICES

Transformational brands are much more than logos

We work with our clients to define a brand platform that ignites their strategy, defines their purpose and go-to-market proposition, and inspires actions that change market perceptions and drive demand.
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REVIEW YOUR

Brand-Strategy

Strategy made visible

We’ll start from your strategy, defining how your brand can help bring it to life, both inside the firm and in the market.

Leadership engagement

We’ll help you build leadership buy-in – the critical first step in taking control of a professional service firm’s brand.

Internal and client research

Discovery research, conducted among partners, employees and clients, sits at the heart of the discovery process.

Competitor/market analysis

We’ll help you understand where your firm sits in the market and how your brand can be distinctive and differentiated.

Brand idea and narrative

The cornerstone of brand strategy – we’ll develop a strong idea that galvanises the thinking into a distinctive brand narrative.

Brand actions

We’ll define a coordinated set of year-one brand initiatives and applications that will bring the brand to life in the market.

REDEFINE YOUR

Brand Purpose

Discover your North Star

We’ll help you take a step back and connect your values with your mission in a holistic, inspiring and authentic concept.

Purpose with proposition

We’ll ensure that your purpose is designed with a baked-in proposition that integrates it with your business strategy.

ESG integration

Alongside a high-level purpose statement, we’ll show you how to connect it to the hard yards of policy and governance.

DE&I made visible

We’ll help you project your DE&I mission as part of your purpose to engage stakeholders internally and externally.

RETHINK YOUR

Brand Messages

Evidence-based

We’ll work with you to build the fact and insight base needed to ensure your messages have teeth in the current market.

Key messages

We’ll develop a powerful set of key messages that combine to bring your strategy to life and push your brand forwards.

Proof points

Using evidence and examples we’ll show you how to ground your messages in reality and make them convincing.

Differentiation

We’ll weave in a thread of differentiation throughout the set of key messages to stand your firm apart from your competitors.

REIMAGINE YOUR

Brand Expression

Visual identity

We’ll bring the power of your brand to life with a visual identity that expresses your brand personality and what you stand for.

Verbal identity

Through consistent language and tone of voice we’ll show you how to express your brand in aspects of verbal communications.

Thought leadership content

We’ll show you how to approach and structure your thought leadership programme to project your brand strategy.

Client experience

Through client service principles and internal engagement, we’ll help you align your client experience with your brand promise.

REVITALISE YOUR

Digital Brand

Website

We’ll show you how to effectively project your brand story through your website design, content and user experience.

Social media

We’ll help you harness your social media strategy so that it complements your overall brand narrative and key messages.

Digital client experience

With most of your overall client experience being delivered online and digitally, we’ll show you how to differentiate it.

REFRESH YOUR

Brand Values

Values that count

We’ll help you develop authentic values that will push your culture forwards, driving performance as well as beliefs.

Behaviours and actions

Through tangible client service principles and supporting stories, we’ll help you standardise excellence in client service.

Rewards and recognition

We’ll show you how to use symbols and substance in your reward and recognition programmes to reinforce your brand.

Employee Value Proposition / EVP

We’ll help you use your brand to project your firm and stand out in the talent market at all levels of seniority.

OUR INSIGHTS

How to use brand for transformation – not for decoration 

 

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Brand identity matters

We live in a highly visual world, so when it comes to communicating the proposition of a professional services firm, the way the messages are presented matters.

Specialists in a world of generalists

In the premium legal market, a few firms have swum against the tide and overtly positioned themselves as super-focused specialists

Brands within brands

How should firms approach brand messaging for individual product/sector groups, without causing internal chaos or external confusion?

Differentiating through brand experience

Professional service firms can build their brand reputation by studying how the best consumer brands deliver innovative brand experiences.

Why brand architecture gives CMOs a headache

Brand architecture is market signposting. It helps clients navigate and make sense of a professional service firm's offer. It gives CMOs a big headache because of the internal dynamics.

How to do brand strategy in a partnership culture

Do you see branding as an opportunity to put marketing at the heart of the firm's overall business strategy, or a potential ‘career-limiting move'?