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  • on the up

    On the up

    10 October 2017 By Grania Langdon-Down

    The take-up of apprenticeships in law firms has been cautious, but the concept is now starting to gain traction. Grania Langdon-Down speaks to firms about the practicalities, benefits and challenges of taking on apprentices. 

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    Under control?

    4 July 2017 By Owen O’Rorke

    Do you know that your law firm is a data controller under the new General Data Protection Regulation, and you must comply with them, or face fines of up to €20m or four per cent of your annual global turnover? Owen O’Rorke provides a beginner’s guide to compliance

  • person looking out at the sea from boat

    Be prepared

    11 April 2017 By Lisa Hesketh

    Many law firms do not have an effective business continuity plan in place, imagining that insurance will cover them, or even that a real catastrophe could never happen to them. Lisa Hesketh explains why a plan is vital for every firm

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    The big catch

    31 January 2017 By Steph Hogg, Sarah Barrett-Vane

    Tendering for legal work is more common than ever for small to medium-sized law firms. Steph Hogg explains how to handle the bidding process, and Sarah Barrett -Vane outlines the specifics for public sector tendering.

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    Live and learn

    31 January 2017 By Diana Bentley

    The continuing competence regime has now been compulsory for just over two months. Diana Bentley talks to the regulator, firms and industry experts about how the change is being implemented in practice

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    A bright future

    8 November 2016 By Mark Waddilove

    A range of challenges face partners looking to plan effectively for their retirement in the current volatile marketplace. Mark Waddilove looks at the options, and which to choose at different stages of your retirement planning

  • office space

    Moving with the times

    2 August 2016 By Lucy Trevelyan

    Lucy Trevelyan looks at recent trends in the use of office space in law firms and beyond – including agile working, shoring and activity-based working – and examines the drivers for change, plus the benefits and possible pitfalls

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    First things first

    6 May 2016 By Ben Kamble

    A clear understanding of your firm’s brand – at its simplest, what it sells, to whom, and why – is an essential first step in ensuring you deploy your marketing resource effectively to win the business you want. Ben Kamble explains

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    The generation game

    10 February 2016 By Rachel Brushfield

    Today’s law firms have up to five different generations in their workplace, each with its own values, motivations, needs and wants. And traditional law firm management needs to change to accommodate a multigenerational workforce, says Rachel Brushfield

  • Takingnames

    Taking names

    3 November 2015 By Rhonda Tracy-Hales

    Identity theft – especially the creation by cybercriminals of bogus firms – is one the biggest risks facing law firms today. But there are some simple steps you can take to mitigate the risk. Rhonda Treacy-Hales explains

  • Offandrun

    Off and running

    19 August 2015 By Kerry Underwood

    In the third of our series on outsourcing for law firms, Kerry Underwood considers the benefits of offshoring legal work, and outlines his firm’s approach

  • Costs

    Paying the price

    14 May 2015 By Robert Mowbray

    Clients are more demanding on fees than ever before, and that pressure shows no signs of waning. But how can you set pricing so it’s both acceptable to the client, and sufficiently profitable for the firm? Robert Mowbray outlines a three-step approach

  • In the know

    In the know

    15 February 2015 By Hélène Russell

    Hélène Russell presents a beginner’s guide to knowledge management in law firms – what it is, how it can benefit your business, and how to get it right for your firm

  • Merger

    Joining forces

    12 November 2014 By Mark Jones

    Mark Jones provides his 10 top tips for successful mergers, from planning through to integration, to ensure your mergers go smoothly so you can reap the benefits

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    Limited edition

    12 August 2014 Updated: 15 October 2014 By Jon Cartwright

    The changes which came into force on 6 April 2014 represented a fundamental change to LLP taxation, for both individual partners and firms. Jon Cartwright looks back at how we got here, and what law firms need to do now

  • Innovation

    In with the new

    7 May 2014 Updated: 15 October 2014 By Ava Madon

    Innovation in law firms may seem like a fad, but in a fast-moving and increasingly challenging market, it is an essential tool for survival. Ava Madon explains why, and how to make it a reality in your firm

  • Patricia Wheatley Burt

    Back to Basics: Exit strategies 


    12 February 2014 Updated: 15 October 2014 By Howard Hackney, Steve Ray, Patricia Wheatley Burt

    Mergers, acquisitions and law firm closures are at unprecedented levels, given the strategic changes that have taken and continue to take place in the legal industry. So, what steps should you take if you’re considering winding up your law firm?

  • Richard Lane

    Under the microscope

    12 November 2013 Updated: 18 October 2014 By Richard Lane

    For the busy manager of a law firm, few things cause more upset than the unwelcome news that the Forensic Investigation Unit is planning to visit. So what should you expect if it happens to you? Richard Lane explains

  • Diversity

    Front and centre

    13 August 2013 Updated: 18 October 2014 By Dr Gillian Shapiro

    With the demographics of the UK changing rapidly, diversity is essential for law firms wanting to attract the best people and meet clients’ needs. And strong leadership is key to achieving this goal. Dr Gillian Shapiro explains

  • Nick of time

    In the nick of time

    14 May 2013 Updated: 18 October 2014 By Nick Jarrett-Kerr

    The news is full of horror stories about law firms going under, but if firms act as soon as they find themselves in trouble – and even before – they could avoid becoming just another statistic. Nick Jarrett-Kerr gives his 12 top tips for financial recovery

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