Maria Jose Esteban Ferrer
Lecturer, Department of Law at ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor URL


Education

  • Doctorado. Universidad Ramon Llull
  • Licenciatura en Derecho. Universidad de Barcelona

Areas of interest

  • Quality, continuous improvement and innovation in professional services.
  • Legal professions: the competitive context, structure, organisation, competencies and the regulatory framework.
  • Multidisciplinary professional organisations.

Biography

María José Esteban is a Lecturer in the ESADE Department of Law and a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Her research focuses on the area of innovation, the strategic analysis of quality and the organization of professional service firms. She is the current Co-Director of the Big Four Research Project at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. She is a professor of Business Law and The Future of Legal Professions, in the Master's, BBA and Executive Education programmes.
As an attorney, she specializes in Mercantile Law and is a partner at Bufete Escura. Previously, she served as General Counsel for Situbsa, a leading company in the automotive industry.



Selected publications

Wilkins, D. B. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2019). Taking the «Alternative» out of alternative legal service providers. Remapping the corporate legal ecosystem in the age of integrated solutions. In Dobrauz-Saldapenna, G. & DeStefano, M. (Eds.), New suits. Appetite for disruption in the legal world (pp. 30-58). Bern: Stämpfli Verlag AG.

Wilkins, D. B. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2019). Taking the 'Alternative' out of alternative legal service providers: Remapping the corporate legal ecosystem in the age of integrated solutions. Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession Research Paper Series (2019-1). [s.n.]

Esteban Ferrer, M. (2018). The law firm business: Is it time for a quality revolution?. In Staub, L. (Ed.), Minutes of the Conference on the Future of Legal Services (pp. 22-25). Zurich: Shulthess Juristique Medien AG.

Wilkins, D. B. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2018). The integration of law into global business solutions: The rise, transformation, and potential future of the big four accountancy networks in the global legal services market. Law & Social Inquiry, 43 (3), pp. 981-1026. DOI: 10.1111/lsi.12311.

Esteban Ferrer, M. (2018, April). Consumer protection in the Spanish legal profession: Complaints, investigation, discipline and redress. In Workshop on Regulating Lawyers through Disciplinary Sistems, Oñati.

Esteban Ferrer, M. (2018, January). Drivers for change in legal services: state of the field . In 1st Conference on the Future of Legal Services. Executive School of Management, Technology and Law. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Universität St. Gallen, St. Gallen.

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Klotz, J. M. (2017, 01 de November). Drivers for change in legal services. International Bar Association president's task force on the future of legal services. Publicado en: https://www.ibanet.org/Task-Force-on-the-Future-of-Legal-Services.aspx

Wilkins, D. B., Esteban Ferrer, M. & Bruch, N. (2017, 01 de October). Taking on the world: The big four in the global legal market. Publicado en: https://www.law.com/americanlawyer/sites/americanlawyer/2017/10/18/taking-on-the-world-the-big-four-in-the-global-legal-market/?back=law

Wilkins, D. B. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2017, 01 de September). The rise, transformation, and potential future of the Big 4 accountancy networks in the Global Legal Services Market. Publicado en: http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2017/09/26/the-rise-transformation-and-potential-future-of-the-big-4-accountancy-networks-in-the-global-legal-services-market/

Wilkins, D. B. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2016, July). Is the legal ethics sky falling? The role of the Big Four in the global legal services ecosystem. In International Legal Ethics Conference VII (ILEC 2016). Symposium conducted at the meeting of School of Law. Fordham University, New York.

Wilkins, D. B. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2016, 27 de April). The reemergence of the Big Four in law. Publicado en: https://blogs.thomsonreuters.com/answerson/big-4-accounting-firms-legal-services/

Wilkins, D. B. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2016). The reemergence of the Big Four in Law: Their rise, transformation and potential triumph. The Practice, 2 (2 ), pp. 1-13.

Esteban Ferrer, M. (2014). Answer to the Discourse "Making Global Lawyers. Legal Practice, Legal Education, and the Paradox of Professional Distinctiveness.". Tribuna Plural. La Revista Científica , 2 (2), pp. 135-142.

Esteban Ferrer, M. (2014). La abogacía de la empresa y de los negocios en el siglo de la calidad. Barcelona: Reial Acadèmia de Doctors (RAD), Madrid: ESERP Business School.

Sánchez Torelló, J.L. & Esteban Ferrer, M. (2014). Análisis cualitativo de las competencias profesionales en el ejercicio de la abogacía. Boletín de Estudios Económicos, 69 (211), pp. 173-194.

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Wilkins, D. B. (2013). Regreso al futuro. La reactivación de las divisiones jurídicas de las Big 4 en Europa y el futuro de la abogacía de los negocios. Revista Española de Relaciones Internacionales, (5), pp. 93-106.

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Wilkins, D. B. (2013, June). The Integration of law into global business solutions: The role of the Big 4 in the reconfiguration of the global market for legal services. In Novak Druce Annual PSF Conference 2013. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Novak Druce Center, Oxford.

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Wilkins, D. B. (2013). Regreso al futuro: La reactivación de Las divisiones jurídicas de las Big 4 en Europa y el futuro de la Abogacía de los Negocios. Economist & Jurist, 21 (167), pp. 81-90.

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Tricás Preckler, J. (2012). Applying QFD to strategic quality management in law firms. Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, 23 (12), pp. 1433-1451. DOI: 10.1080/14783363.2012.704277 .

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Tricás Preckler, J. (2012, September). Applying QFD to strategic quality management in law firms. In 15th QMOD Conference 2012. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Quality Management for Organizational and Regional Development (QMOD), Gmina Po¿aniec.

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Tricás Preckler, J. (2011). La prestación de servicios jurídicos de alta calidad como estrategia competitiva en tiempos de crisis. Alta Dirección, 45 (271-272), pp. 57-67.

Esteban Ferrer, M., Tricás Preckler, J. & González Sabaté, L. (2010). La voz del cliente en los despachos de abogados. ¿Qué esperan las empresas de su asesoría jurídica externa?. Barcelona: Difusión Jurídica y Temas de Actualidad.

Esteban Ferrer, M. (2010). Análisis estratégico de la calidad en los servicios jurídicos. Aplicación del despliegue de la función de calidad (QFD) al estudio del sector de prestación de servicios jurídicos a empresas en Cataluña (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Barcelona: Universitat Ramon Llull (URL).

Esteban Ferrer, M., González Sabaté, L. & Tricás Preckler, J. (2009). Segmentación en grupos estratégicos de los despachos que lideran la abogacía española. Boletín de Estudios Económicos, LXIV (197), pp. 311-334.

Esteban Ferrer, M. & Tricás Preckler, J. (2009). La calidad competitiva y el nuevo entorno de la abogacía española. Estudios Empresariales, (129), pp. 50-60.