January 2023

MFS magazine cover - January 2023

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Paul Bennett

Full steam ahead

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Paul Bennett reflects on some of the key issues firm leaders faced in 2022 and details what’s on the horizon for the year ahead

Features

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Surviving a storm

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Douglas Russell and Sally Jones, at Law Society partner Armstong Watson LLP, give their advice on how to manage your firm through difficult economic times

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Underground banking

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Laurence Howland does a deep dive into Chinese underground banking, outlining how it works and how the risk impact on law firms in the UK can be mitigated

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Disability inclusion

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Reena Parmar shares her experience in the law as a disabled woman from an ethnic minority and a lower socio-economic background, and why intersectional role models are so important

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The personal touch

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Victoria Moffatt explains the importance of having a personal brand, and how to get started with building one

Lucy Trevelyan

The role of compliance

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As a recent survey reveals that the increasing complexity of compliance is a top concern for more than three-quarters of lawyers, Lucy Trevelyan talks to William Robins, director of compliance and operations at Keystone Law, about the challenges he faces in his role

Andrew Roberts

Joined-up thinking

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Andrew Roberts gives his analysis of the current state of the law firm merger market

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Trailblazing solicitors

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It’s been 100 years since the first women qualified as solicitors in England and Wales. To celebrate this milestone, Dana Denis-Smith looks back at where it all began – with the first women admitted to the roll

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Mental note

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Following on from recent high-profile tribunal cases involving junior lawyers, Manda Banerji looks at the role of mental health in regulatory outcomes

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Fake news

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Susanna Heley considers a real case where a solicitor found themselves in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). A series of breaches of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations were alleged, including falsifying posts on social media

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Follow the money

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Julie Norris outlines key recent developments relating to the regulation of money laundering in the legal sector and the implications for legal practitioners and law firms

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All in this together

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Melinda Giles speaks to Simeon Hance about how switching to an employee ownership trust model helped to secure the future of her firm and enhanced social mobility

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Habits for good leaders

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Thom Dennis outlines the habits that every good leader should adopt, particularly in uncertain business and economic times

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Under sanction

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With the announcement that the SRA will be scrutinising firms for sanctions compliance, Anita Clifford considers what firms should be doing to ensure they are meeting the requirements

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