Managing a law firm – Top ten tips

Posted on: June 10, 2009

A while back I did a presentation on this topic – with a bias to bridging the gap between partners/management and the BD/marketing team – for Conscious Solutions conference. The ten tips were: To survive: 1. Get a grip on the finances 2. Do a reality check 3. Prepare a plan 4. Get big, get […]

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Legal/property markets – Rise in fraud cases

Posted on: June 5, 2009

City of London Police reported that the number of reported frauds rose by 64% last year. They advocate changing its name from the gentlemanly “white collar crime” to “organised crime”. They highlight mortgage fraud in the property market caused by deliberate over valuing of new developments requiring conspiracies of lawyers, estate agents and developers working […]

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Social changes – Never weds to outnumber married couples

Posted on: April 8, 2009

Spare a thought for family lawyers. And those in the residential property business. Last year the number of married people fell to less than half the population. The Office for National Statistics has now forecast that by 2031 the ranks of those who have never married will swell to 22.1m (42 % of the adult […]

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Business development vs. reputation management?

Posted on: April 1, 2009

Oh dear – it seems that even when you are supremely successful at business development and generate good results for your clients, you can end up suffering at the hands of the media and your reputation takes a bashing. The mainstream and business news media devoted many column inches last week to Irwin Mitchell. Their […]

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Professional service firms doomed to become pirates and gladiators?

Posted on: March 23, 2009

There was an interesting article in The Times last week (17th March). Sir Michael Snyder (Senior partner at accountants Kingston Smith and a former policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation) made the following observations regarding the Professional Services Global Competitiveness Group report: • The professional services industry employs more people than any other […]

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