May 2015

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The big event

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In recent editions I have mentioned that, for a variety of reasons, the Law Management Section committee has been very short on members; I am delighted to report that we now have a full complement.

Features

Steven Petty

Game plan?

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In the first of a series on setting up a new firm, Steven Petty looks at the importance of a strategic plan in ensuring the business has appropriate goals – and achieves them

Evolving for success

Evolving for success

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In a healthy but changeable legal services market, firms cannot afford to rest on their laurels. Nick Jarrett-Kerr suggests 12 strategic projects for firms looking to get and stay ahead of the competition

Alan Hodgart

Under the lens

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Alan Hodgart explains why a clear strategic focus is essential for the smaller law firm, and how to define and execute your strategy to the benefit of your business and your clients

Structures

Limited appeal

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In the second of our series on law firm structures, Andrew Allen takes a look at the potential benefits and drawbacks of using a limited company as your core trading structure

David Gilroy

Who do you know?

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David Gilroy explains how effective client relationship management can help you keep and win clients, and how to get it right in practice

Catherine Gannon

The business end

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Catherine Gannon talks to Diana Bentley about the challenges and rewards of setting up Gannons, a boutique firm working with private companies and small businesses

Nicola Jones

After hours

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The changes to solicitors’ CPD, from an hours-based to a competency-based regime, are now well under way. Nicola Jones outlines the practicalities of compliance with the new system, and the benefits it can bring for firms and the legal sector

Rocky road

Rocky road

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In a volatile market, the expectations placed on solicitors can put a real strain on their practice. Paul Coombes explains how you can manage expectations and stay ahead in one of the most changeable areas of practice: residential conveyancing

Kerry Underwood

Remote control

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In the second of our series on outsourcing for law firms, Kerry Underwood explains the benefits his firm realised through setting up an office in South Africa to undertake the firm’s back-office functions

Costs

Paying the price

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Clients are more demanding on fees than ever before, and that pressure shows no signs of waning. But how can you set pricing so it’s both acceptable to the client, and sufficiently profitable for the firm? Robert Mowbray outlines a three-step approach

Francis dingwall

A tangled web

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It has been said that there are two types of firms: those that know they have been attacked by cybercriminals, and those that don’t yet know. Francis Dingwall looks at how to prevent attacks, and how to mitigate them when they do happen

Benefits of Membership*

Law Management Section renewals

The Law Management Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement Programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • practice management
  • talent management
  • financial management
  • staffing Models
  • IT
  • client focus
  • cyber security

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: webinars, magazines, regional forums, seminars, a conference, website, e-newsletters and a LinkedIn group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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