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Small Firms Division

Welcome to the Small Firms Division - the community for small firms and sole practitioners

We commission exclusive articles designed to support small law firms and sole practices, and showcase the experiences and expertise of these businesses and the people who work in them

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Small firms urged to follow five simple steps to thrive online

23 October 2017

Cyber security can feel daunting for a small business, which is why we’ve made the UK’s most easy-to-access guide to help them thrive online, says Alison Whitney, the NCSC’s director for Engagement.

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Starting a new law firm – what do I need to consider?

23 October 2017

As specialist advisors to the legal sector, we have helped many firms to start practising.  That has particularly been the case during the past couple of years as the profession has become more niche-focused. 

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Sally Azarmi: cut back on overheads

20 December 2016

Sally Azarmi, director of Azarmi & Co and chair of the Law Society’s Small Firms Committee, recommends keeping close track of business expenses

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Jon Whittle: what are the challenges facing small law firms?

20 December 2016

Jon Whittle shares insights on the problems facing small firms today

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Paul Bennett: stand out with better communication

20 December 2016

Paul Bennett endorses the ‘art of the telephone call’ 

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Jon Whittle: Lexis Nexis’ research on small law firms

20 December 2016

Jon Whittle reveals how small firms are viewing future business prospects

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Law Management Section - 'People in Practice' conference (28 February 2018)

A practical and strategic HR event for legal professionals and HR professionals in law. 

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Complaints management for smaller firms - how to not make things worse, 28 November

Clients expect more and more from the services you provide. It’s in your interest to give high priority to effective complaint management. Learn the top tips for handling complaints and better still how to eliminate them before they start.

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Webinar: Data Protection for support staff (31 January 2018)

7 November 2017

Practical insights on what needs to be done to prepare all levels of staff for the GDPR. 

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Cyber security fatigue? How to chose the right security actions for the busy small firm practice

24 October 2017

Join this webinar if you are fatigued by seeing endless stories in the national and specialist legal press and wondering how and where to start to make your firm and your clients safer when doing business online.  

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Exclusive: Free Westlaw small firm updates

We give you exclusive free access to case law and legislation updates, regulatory developments and news in a range of practice areas, through our monthly updates provided by Westlaw UK

About the Small firms Division

Your Small Firms Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of all smaller legal businesses, including sole practitioners.

See our 2016/17 Engagement Programme

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Dedicated to 1 to 4 partner firms, offering A+ rated or equivalent professional indemnity insurance cover from a unique panel of markets.

Our Annual Conference


These flagship conferences in London and Leeds champion the interests of small firms and sole practitioners. The events comprise a half-day of small firms-focused conference sessions, practical tips and networking opportunities.

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