April 2017

MFS magazine April 2017 cover



Coming around again


Section chair Robert Banner looks ahead to the Section’s annual conference on 20 April 2017


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Playing for keeps


The evidence shows that employee loyalty is a thing of the past. If you want to attract and retain talent in your business, and thereby build a productive workforce and compete effectively, learning and development are key, says Michelle Parry-Slater

A tall order


Being served with a production order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 can be a frightening experience. Paul Bennett explains how your firm can get prepared, and respond effectively and lawfully if you’re served

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Taking shape


Getting your business structure right will help you with everything from achieving your goals and attracting external investment, to inspiring your people and planning for succession. Mark Waddilove outlines how to make the bests decision for your business

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Be prepared


Many law firms do not have an effective business continuity plan in place, imagining that insurance will cover them, or even that a real catastrophe could never happen to them. Lisa Hesketh explains why a plan is vital for every firm

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In the Manager's Chair: Rising stock


Nearly four years ago, Guy and Chris Setford from Setfords Solicitors were featured in ‘In the Manager’s Chair’, following the firm’s move to a fee-sharing model. Duncan Wood talks to them about the firm’s growth since, including through external investment

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A friend in need


A ‘critical friend’, though little used in law firms, can help professionals and organisations maintain a continuous cycle of improvement. Martin Griffiths explains how the approach works and how to bring a critical friend into your business

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On a roll


So your firm has won an award? Great news, but don’t stop there. By taking the right steps now, you can capitalise on your win and make it work for you for years to come. Kate Adam provides a step-by-step guide to using an award win as a marketing tool

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Quick fix?


Fixed fees are favoured by clients, and increasingly seen as a competitive differentiator. But putting them in place and managing them effectively can be complex. Jenny Beck provides a beginner’s guide to managing in a fixed-fee environment

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Window of opportunity


Gavin Ward explains how firms can use their websites and online presence to grow the reputation of their solicitors, practice areas and sector groups, acquire new clients from the internet, and ultimately succeed online

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Changing with the times


Being able to adapt to a fast-changing legal sector and marketplace will give your firm the best possible chance of survival and success. Andrew Hedley explains how you can make change effectively in your firm

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