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Take part in the Financial Benchmarking Survey 2019

21 September 2018

For your chance to win a crate of prosecco complete the Financial Benchmarking Survey before 15 October. 

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Law Society publishes new report on LASPOSubscription

4 July 2017

The report includes 25 recommendations to government, focusing on issues including increasing children’s access to legal aid, reintroducing legal aid for early advice, and improving Exceptional Case Funding and the legal aid means test


Health check shows mid-sized law firms experiencing strong growth

25 April 2017

2016 was a year of strong growth for firms polled in the Law Society Law Management Section (LMS) Financial Benchmarking Survey 2017, which showed a median rise in income of 5.8 per cent for the mid-sized firms that participated.

Financial Benchmarking Survey: last call for submissions

5 December 2016

The deadline has been extended to Monday, 12 December.

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New Law Society blog on the Financial Benchmarking Survey 2016

15 April 2016

The results of the Law Society Law Management Section’s 2016 Financial Benchmarking Survey have recently been published. Andy Harris provides an overview.

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Law Society comments on LSB report on prices of legal services

6 April 2016

Chief executive Catherine Dixon welcomed the report but highlighted the need for a consistent level of protection for consumers, no matter who is providing the legal service

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Law Society consults on third party managed accounts

23 March 2016

Our consultation exercise will help us refine our policy position on alternatives to client accounts and will inform discussions with the SRA and the Legal Services Board


SRA to review Handbook and Accounts Rules - have your say

10 February 2016

SRA set to review the Accounts Rules this spring - let us have your views to form our policy position

All Updates

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Outside voice

2 October 2018By

External investment is increasingly common in the legal sector, and for all sizes of firm. But is it for you? Tom Blandford helps you decide

Sally Azarmi

Share and share alikeSubscription

2 October 2018By

New coworking and shared workspaces are popping up all over England and Wales. But can they work for law firms? Sally Azarmi outlines the benefits she’s found since she started coworking

Robert Postlethwaite

Share and share alikeSubscription

3 July 2018By

Involving employees in the ownership of a business can improve performance, motivate your people, promote team spirit and cohesion, and support succession planning. Robert Postlethwaite looks at the options for law firms

Vanessa Ugatti

Worth every penny

3 July 2018By

Lawyers are not good at charging their true worth. They take their expertise for granted. They go out of their way to deliver for clients. But if you charge your true worth, you will generate more income without having to get more clients. Vanessa Ugatti explains

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Turning over a new leafSubscription

3 July 2018By

The Law Management Section’s Finance and Business Forum takes place this November. Simon McCrum provides a sneak peek of what he’ll be talking about in his session: why turnover is the wrong measure of a law firm’s success

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The bearer of good news Subscription

17 April 2018By

This year, for the first time, the Law Management Section’s Financial Benchmarking Survey report is free for all practices. And the results show continued improvements across the market. Andy Harris explains

Andrew Otterburn

A picture of healthSubscription

17 April 2018By

Financial stability is making headlines: a string of big names have declared insolvency in recent months, many after issuing profit warnings. Andrew Otterburn provides a simple guide to measuring and monitoring your firm’s financial health

Jake Fox

Plan ahead

17 April 2018By

The subject of succession planning is one that law firms are spending a lot of time considering, so just be aware of the implications on your PII cover, writes Jake Fox

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Four steps to improve your firm’s cash flow in 2018

5 January 2018By

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.

Andrew Otterburn

Made to measureSubscription

10 October 2017By

In your financial reporting, do you focus on fees and hours? If so, you’re missing a trick, according to Andrew Otterburn. Focusing on gross profit can help you with everything from gearing to pricing, and productivity to teamwork. 

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Up close and personalSubscription

4 July 2017By

With fixed recoverable costs looming on the horizon, personal injury firms and departments must make a decision: adapt to survive, or stop practising in this volatile area. Zoe Holland looks at the options

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Taking shapeSubscription

11 April 2017By

Getting your business structure right will help you with everything from achieving your goals and attracting external investment, to inspiring your people and planning for succession. Mark Waddilove outlines how to make the bests decision for your business

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Quick fix?

11 April 2017By

Fixed fees are favoured by clients, and increasingly seen as a competitive differentiator. But putting them in place and managing them effectively can be complex. Jenny Beck provides a beginner’s guide to managing in a fixed-fee environment

Barry Wilkinson

Crunch timeSubscription

31 January 2017By

Recent media reports of firms punishing fee-earners for not effectively recording their time have raised questions of why time capture is so important for law firms. Barry Wilkinson argues the case

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The big catch

31 January 2017By ,

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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Heart of the matterSubscription

8 November 2016By

If you are looking to merge or be acquired, you need to understand your firm’s value, and maximise it by effective planning and due diligence. Grania Langdon-Down talks to the experts

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Working wondersSubscription

8 November 2016By

Healthy working capital is fundamental to the financial success of any business. John Playfair looks at how firms can improve financial stability by taking a proactive approach to managing working capital

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In the Manager's Chair: Spinning platesSubscription

8 November 2016By

Duncan Wood talks to Ann Harrison, chairwoman of Stephensons and member of the Law Management Section committee, about juggling multiple roles, presiding over a period of impressive organic growth, and making plans for the future

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A bright future

8 November 2016By

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

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Webinar: dealing with financial pressures (12 September 2016)

30 August 2016

Find out how to identify financial distress and evaluate your options. Our webinar offers practical guidance on how to manage financial pressures effectively.

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