July 2019

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Ann Harrison

A spring in our step

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Law Management Section chair Ann Harrison looks back at a busy spring for the Section, including our annual conference, the publication of our new Financial Benchmarking Survey, and a redesign of our magazine

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What can law firms do to help their people with stress and to create and support a mentally healthy workplace? Lucy Trevelyan investigates

Suzie Stanley

Hearts and minds

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Lawyers have traditionally been taught to be sceptical of emotions. Studies have shown that they score highly in intelligence but below average in emotional intelligence. Suzie Stanley explains the benefits of emotional intelligence and how to develop it in yourself

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What’s new?

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So you want to be innovative? But where should you start? In the first of a two-part series, Katherine Thomas looks at what innovation is, why it matters, and how to do it effectively

Richard Burnham

Young voices

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There have been a number of controversial recent cases at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal involving junior lawyers pressured into making unethical decisions. Richard Burnham looks at how law firms can create an ethical culture and support millennials in making ethical decisions

Robert Camp

Driving success

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Robert Camp is outgoing managing partner of award-winning south-west firm Stephens Scown and its new director of strategic innovation. He talks to Diana Bentley about how postcards, milk and campervans have supported the firm’s success

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Better by design

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Legal design helps make the law easier to understand for its intended audience. It is also a growing trend, in everything from employment contracts to privacy policies. Emily Allbon and Dr Matthew Terrell look at how it is being used in practice, and how it can help both clients and ...

Rosy Rourke

Be prepared

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The new SRA Accounts Rules will come into force on 25 November 2019. Rosy Rourke of Armstrong Watson outlines the changes, and what law firms should be doing now to prepare

Zulon Begum

Raising your game

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From partner capital calls to public listing, there are many options for law firms looking to raise capital for growth and investment. Zulon Begum looks at the challenges and benefits of each approach

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Broader horizons

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Are you considering retirement, or just feeling dissatisfied with a career only as a solicitor, and thinking about exploring other opportunities? Rachel Brushfield looks at some of the different career options open to senior solicitors

Dr Zara Whysall

Impaired vision

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Unconscious bias in a business can impair good decision-making. Dr Zara Whysall looks at its impact on decisions about appointing and promoting leaders, and how law firms can minimise unconscious biases

Helen Goatley

Outside the box

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What are the benefits to a law firm of non-executive directors? Helen Goatley outlines why her firm chose this route, and two of the firm’s non-execs provide a personal perspective

Mark Briegal

Scale model

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Law firms outside the top 50 are the new ‘squeezed middle’. The burden of regulation is increasing, key practice areas are being commoditised, and closing is complicated and expensive. That’s where consolidators can come in. Mark Briegal and Nigel Haddon explain

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