November 2014

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New agenda

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Section chair Robert Banner outlines the work of the Section this summer and autumn

Features

Merger

Joining forces

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Mark Jones provides his 10 top tips for successful mergers, from planning through to integration, to ensure your mergers go smoothly so you can reap the benefits

Ben Stevenson

On top of the world

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Doing business abroad, whether through referral networks or branch offices, may seem beyond the reach of smaller law firms. But, says Ben Stevenson, with the right strategy and support, it can be a great way to build your business

Tony Stockdale

Taking stock

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When Tony Stockdale began working with Linder Myers, the firm was on the brink of collapse. In conversation with Caroline Roddis, he explains how he turned the firm around, and what he thinks the future holds

Howard Sears

Seven-year itch

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Seven years after the Legal Services Act, alternative business structures are now a common feature of the market, but the application process can be a daunting prospect. Howard Sears gives us the lowdown on how and why and how to make the change

Leading light

Leading light

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In a fast-changing market, leadership is becoming ever more important for law firms. Diana Bentley looks at the qualities and responsibilities expected of a good leader in today’s firm, and what the future might bring

Moving on

Moving on

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Howard Hackney looks at the practicalities of succession planning for firms, either through selling the firm or bringing in new partners – and what retiring partners need to do to plan their own future

Paul McCluskey

Go with the flow

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With uncertainty around the timing of the next interest rate rise, law firms need to get prepared and ensure that their cashflow is robust enough to weather any financial storms, says Paul McCluskey

Andrew Otterburn

Lock and key

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Setting and monitoring key performance indicators can help law firms to focus on the factors that most affect their success. Andrew Otterburn provides a beginner’s guide

Rachel Miller

Breaking news

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E-newsletters can help law firms to stay in touch with clients and prospects, and build relationships – but only if they’re done well. Rachel Miller explains how to get it right, and avoid some of the common pitfalls

Paul Bennett

Small talk

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Paul Bennett and Tony Roe give their three top tips for smaller law firms wanting to punch above their weight

Nicola Jones

Live and learn

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The shift from hours-based CPD to competence to practice, announced in May this year, presents an important opportunity for firms to reassess their learning strategy and ensure it contributes to their business needs. Nicola Jones explains

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