The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) wants to reduce the minimum levels of insurance cover that regulated firms must hold. The Law Society will be submitting our analysis of the proposals. But one of the questions we are left with is: who will benefit from these reforms?
What are the consequences and considerations if a key person, or fee earner, within your firm is unable to work? Do you have adequate protection in place to mitigate against the risks of this?
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service looks at the circumstances under which you can refuse to provide a service and demonstrate that you have acted properly.
With accountancy firms moving into legal work, and unregulated legal advice on the rise, the competitive pressure on law firms is getting more intense. Could joining forces with independent financial advisers be the answer? Ian Muirhead presents his case.
Peter Todd, training partner at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, explains why Clarity for Lawyers by Mark Adler and Daphne Perry, now in its 3rd edition, is a must-read for all lawyers.
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service answers a question on forming off-site contracts via email.
A recent survey has revealed that over half of Britain’s SMEs are owed nearly £45 billion in late payments, placing severe strain on working capital. Steve Deutsch outlines some simple steps that small businesses - law firms included - can take now to bolster their balance sheets.
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service shares information on charging fees for data access requests.
Steve Roberts looks at the top-level developments in November’s Budget for law firms.
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service shares information on assessing potential cyber risks
Philipp Biermann and Andreas Panayiotou set out five actions you can take to improve your pricing outcomes and create significant value for your firm.
Sass Boucher is a counsellor and psychotherapist registered with the BACP, working in private practice. She discusses how the act of self-care can be an antidote to working in stressful and traumatic roles.
The Law Management Section committee currently has four vacancies. Current committee member Ian Hopkins explains why he joined, how it’s benefitted him and his firm, and how the committee supports Section members
Philip Hammond has delivered his first – and last – autumn statement as chancellor. What are the key points for law firms?
Partner Jeremy Holt discusses growing and running a law firm, according to ‘conventional wisdom’.
Do you fully understand your clients’ needs? Are they really satisfied with your service? Daphne Thissen explains the benefits of using a consultant for client reviews
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is consulting on major changes to the SRA Handbook. Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon outlines the risks the proposals present to the legal profession and to clients
Remaking Law Firms: Why & How (by George Beaton and Imme Kaschner) provides a very valuable foretaste of what is to come - don’t say you weren’t warned, says Barry Wilkinson
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service answers questions relating to compliance, finance and administration
A lawyer’s career hinges on their ability to win work. Douglas McPherson suggests five alternative options for those that don’t like formal networking
The requirement for a register of ‘persons with significant control’ came into force on 6 April 2016. Alison Matthews explains what you need to know
Effective internal communication will reap dividends over time. Rachel Brushfield explains the role it plays in building employee engagement.
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service can give you a helping hand. We are a team of solicitors who advise on practice and procedure on a wide variety of subjects, including anti-money laundering, conveyancing, client care and complaints handling.
Can LinkedIn help lawyers improve their practice in an efficient and cost effective way, or is it a time-consuming luxury? Barry Wilkinson reviews LinkedIn for Lawyers - Developing a Profile to Grow Your Practice (by Emily Miller and Kirsten Hodgson) and offers his verdict
Creating ‘a great place to work’ is a key element of talent attraction and retention. Julie Harrison explains the challenges and provides a taster of her session at the LMS annual conference on 27 April
Law firms have now largely woken up to the dangers of cybercrime, but even firms that have done their utmost to secure their IT systems are vulnerable to a new threat, explains Stuart Poole-Robb
Joanne Perry explains the main causes of absence and provides a taster of her session at the LMS HR forum on 16 March
In part 2 of their guide to using LinkedIn as a business tool, Emily Miller and Susan Kench explain how to build and engage with your network
Deborah Gray explains where firms go wrong in recruitment and provides a taster of her session at the LMS HR forum on 16 March
Paul Gribbon explains why 2015 was a watershed year for cybersecurity
Robert Banner, chair of the Law Management Section committee, outlines a key development in the membership of the Law Managment Section
Emily Miller and Susan Kench explain how LinkedIn can help smaller law firms to generate and support the relationships that grow their client base
Members of the Law Management Section share what they have learned in 2015 and their tips for the year ahead
Crispin Passmore explains how the SRA intends to reform how it regulates financial management in response to changes in consumer and market behaviours
Jo Morris discusses the difficulties faced by compliance officers and provides a taster of her session at the LMS finance and business conference on 17 November
Mark Carver provides his top tips for managing client files and minimising risk exposure
Andy Poole and Nigel Holmes provide an overview of a common issue with the limited company structure and how to overcome it