April 2019

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Ann Harrison

Lead time

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Law Management Section chair Ann Harrison considers what we can learn from Brexit about leadership and the importance of strategic thinking and influencing skills for today’s leaders

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Barry Wilkinson

Hard cash

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Law firms often focus on profits, but cashflow is far more important to the success of your firm, says Barry Wilkinson. But what are the key causes of cashflow difficulties, how can you tackle them, and how can you avoid them in future?

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Information is power

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The idea of being a data-driven business can sound intimidating – something best left to PhD statisticians and data scientists. But monitoring data at your firm doesn’t need to be difficult, and it can bring real benefits. Derek Fitzpatrick explains

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Writing wrongs

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Daphne Perry offers some simple writing techniques to improve client service and business returns, looking at probate cases as an example

Jacob Colton

The perfect host

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If you’re upgrading, revamping or renewing your website, one key decision you need to make is how and where it should be hosted. Jacob Colton explains the options

Jo-Anne Wild

Lean in

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Lean techniques can help you identify inefficiencies in your processes. Jo-Anne Wild presents a beginner’s guide to lean techniques and how to apply them in your own firm

Alex Hatchman

Hatching a plan

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Alexandra Hatchman, chief operating officer at Fletchers Solicitors, has transformed her firm in less than two years, and won an Excellence Award for her innovation. Diana Bentley talks to her about her approach, and her plans for the future

Paul Bennett

Inside job

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We all trust our partners, colleagues, employees and advisers. But law firms are often hierarchical, so we can become too reliant on certain individuals. How can we avoid ‘key person risk’? Paul Bennett considers

Frank Maher

One year on

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It’s been nearly a year since the General Data Protection Regulation came into force. Frank Maher discusses the lessons he has learned since then advising law firms on the legislation

Andy Harris

A sneak preview

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The 2019 Law Management Section Financial Benchmarking Survey will be published very soon. In the meantime, Andy Harris , lead author of the report, gives a sneak peek at some of the key findings

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Upping the stakes

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The legal marketplace is increasingly volatile and unpredictable. Harriet Brooke looks at two of the key disruptors – millennials and artificial intelligence – and asks what leadership capabilities you need to future-proof your business

Chris Bull

Better together

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Are you looking to improve back-office functions in your firm, and do you want to achieve efficiencies while retaining management oversight? Chris Bull explains why co-sourcing could be for you

Tim Ryan

Chain reaction

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We’ve all heard of blockchain. But what is it, how does it work, and why does it matter? Tim Ryan provides a beginner’s guide

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Onwards and upwards

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Accountancy firms of all sizes are looking to build up their legal offerings. But will this challenge mid-sized law firms, or drive new ways of working together? And what effect will proposed regulatory changes have? Grania Langdon-Down investigates

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