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All work and no play?

18 July 2018

As the adage counsels us, without time off work people become bored and boring. We asked experts on our small firms committee to reveal their top tips for planning some business friendly ‘downtime’. Here’s a selection of their advice for small firm practitioners.

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Is late advice no longer advice?

18 July 2018By

Having your own business where your business is offering advice can be frustrating, especially amongst friends, suggests Tim Browne, business coach and key note speaker at this year’s Small Firms division annual conference.

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7 funding options your law firm could consider

28 June 2018By

What sources of funding are available for law firms, and how readily available are they? Andy Preece, commercial funding director at Armstrong Watson LLP, lists seven options.

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Price publication rules announced

19 June 2018

Last week the SRA announced it would proceed with controversial proposals to require firms to publish pricing information on their websites. Michael Lonergan, policy adviser, provides a summary of the changes as they affect small firms and what the Law Society plans to do to help members adapt to the changes.

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Data subject access requests – your questions answered

22 May 2018

In part two of our series on GDPR, Pearl Moses, Head of Risk and Compliance, Law Society, looks at the new requirement of data subject access requests and how to manage them.

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Ten tips for staying safe in the postroom

8 May 2018

In these times of heightened security, it is important that every employee in your firm handling or receiving mail can identify a suspicious letter or parcel. Jason Wakefield, sales director at Todd Research, gives his top tips to ensure your postroom security is as tight as it can be.

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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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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 2017/18 Engagement Programme

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Starting a new law firm – Part II. Structure

Andy Poole covers top considerations that individuals should take into account in starting a new law firm

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Marcus Hayes - my niche practice firm

Marcus Hayes, managing director of Mason Hayes, tells us how he runs his niche practice as a competitive business. 

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Melanie Craig - my client-focussed firm

Having set up and expanded her sole practice, Melanie Craig, principal of Craig solicitors, says providing outstanding client care is the key to success.

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Q and A with Sally Azarmi

A Q and A with Sally Azarmi, new chair of the small firms committee, reveals exciting plans for 2016 as she sets out her priorities and introduces the small firms division engagement programme.

Tony Roe

Helping hand: Tony Roe

On setting up his own small firm

Katherine Rayden

The heat is on: Katherine Rayden

On marketing her small firm

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