Law Society 2020 discussion: we need you!

The Law Society wants to hear what you want from your professional association.

The legal profession is changing: funding cuts, changes in regulation and changing technology are just some of the issues faced. The Law Society needs to change too, so we are asking you to tell us how we can best represent, support and promote your practice and the profession in future years.
How you can take part

Law Management Section annual conference 2015

21 May 2015 saw yet another successful Law Management Section Annual Conference.

Law Management Committee chair Robert Banner provides an overview of the event, and shares some of the extremely encouraging feedback received. Committee member Jonathan Beck contributes a precis of the keynote address ahead of his full account in the August edition of Managing for Success.
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Free financial health check: the Law Management Section Financial Benchmarking Survey

Stay competitive and build on success: take part in our Financial Benchmarking Survey

Widely regarded as the ‘must have’ tool for strategic and business planning, the survey compares like-for-like firms, including by region and size. Each participating firm receives a free copy of the 2016 Report and a personalised report.
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Law Society annual PII survey confirms calm 2014 renewal

The Law Society's annual survey of solicitors' experiences of PII renewal confirms that, despite uncertainties about possible regulatory changes, this year's PII renewal went smoothly for the vast majority of firms.
Competition from rated insurers has reduced small law firms' reliance on unrated insurers, according to the survey.

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The best of the web

Business planning: What can SMEs expect from the new government?
Cousins Business Law outlines Conservative manifesto commitments for SMEs.

Business planning: Five ingredients for law firm success
Nigel Wallace of O'Connors reflects on his firm's wide consultancy experience and reveals the essential ingredients of a successful firm.

Clients: The customer experience
Customer service and communication are the most important drivers to future law firm growth, according to the biggest-ever customer research project relating to the legal sector, conducted by Lawnet.

Clients: The challenge of the always-on consumer
Helen Hamilton-Shaw of LawNet poses the key questions every firm should ask itself in today's world of instant communication and replies.

Clients: Memo to in-house counsel: minimising communications babel, part 1
Pam Woldow on how to resolve the often disfunctional relationship between law firms and in-house counsel

Finance: Consultants - are they really self-employed?
It is the firm’s responsibility to assess whether a consultant is genuinely self-employed or in fact an employee. Hazelwoods provides a guide to resolving this important issue.

HR: E-cigarettes in the workplace: up in smoke?
The first employment tribunal concerning e-cigarettes was held in February and acts as a warning for employers. Buzzacott's HR Consultancy team explains why.

Innovation: Brainstorming doesn't work; try this technique instead
Brainstorming in its current form doesn't work as well as the frequency of 'team brainstorming meetings' would suggest, reports Rebecca Greenfield of Fast Company.

IT: 10 tech mistakes that solicitors make
The consequences for making a mistake with technology are more severe for solicitors than for the average person, which is why you don’t want to be making these common tech-related mistakes, says Derek Fitzpatrick of Clio.

IT: RIP Microsoft Server 2003: 100 days and counting
With support ending on 14 July 2015, time is running out for Windows 2003. Act now or face security risks, cyber-attacks and lost opportunities says Nigel Wright of Converge Technology Specialists.

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Events

Get a grip: a problem-solving breakfast booster session - London, 21 July

This event will help you deal with the daily grind of tricky management issues.
Facilitated by Patricia Wheatley Burt, director of Trafalgar – The Business People Limited, the number of attendees will be limited to allow delegates to talk informally and freely about the challenges being faced by most, if not all, managers and partners of law firms in the region and to learn from each other’s experiences and ideas.

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Lexcel Conference 2015: Managing implementation - practical advice and guidance - 21 October 2015

This year's conference will focus on utilising client feedback to improve client satisfaction, understanding and addressing the top five areas of non compliance within risk management and case management, and considering best practice strategy planning.

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Moneypenny

Law Management Finance and Business Conference - save the date - 11 November 2015

The Law Management Finance and Business Conference will take place on 11 November in London. More information will be available soon.

Webinars

Section members have access to a number of free and discounted webinars as part of their Section membership.


Law Society support

You could fix your insurance premium until 2017

Want an alternative quote? Talk to Chancery Pii and fix your premium until 2017. We specialise in A+ rated professional indemnity cover for 1-4 partner firms.

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Gazette jobs - featured job

Compliance manager - Northamptonshire

A niche property practice in Northamptonshire is looking for an experienced legal compliance manager to manage a varied and challenging workload of compliance and risk assessment matters.
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Gazette jobs

The Gazette jobs board includes hundreds of vacancies like the job above, readily searchable using a range of criteria. Looking to recruit? Call us on 020 7841 5453 or email us.

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Membership benefits

Hertz

Hertz is the Law Society's endorsed provider of car hire services offering 5% off best available retail rates.
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Hiscox Office Insurance

Hiscox Office Insurance: Law Society members benefit from a discount of five per cent on the standard Hiscox rates for the life of their policy.
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