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This section covers succession, specialisation, mergers, selling a law firm, recruitment and talent retention, becoming a partner, and business structure

How to set up your firm’s systems to provide the information that enables you to improve profitability and cashflow

How to avoid professional negligence claims, with examples of common problems and suggested solutions. Plus FAQs on PII

This is a new section and only covers SRA Accounts Rules and GDPR at the moment. More articles will follow

How to protect your law firm from cyber attacks. What steps to take if your systems are hacked

In marketing, like anything, you need to get the basics right. Otherwise the time and money you invest in marketing will be wasted

How to win new clients, make the most of existing relationships, encourage referrals and generate new leads

How to approach creating a law firm website that works, from agreeing your objectives to making sure you get the results you want

Why lawyers need to know about social media, how to make the most of the opportunities and how to avoid potential pitfalls

How to use PR to build your firm’s reputation; and how to create cost-effective advertising – traditional and online – that delivers results

News

April 2015

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The Forum of Private Business is calling on the next Government to protect the interests of small businesses as it launches its own Manifesto for Small Business.

Over half a million over-55s might take advantage of new pension freedoms to start a new business.

SMEs are failing to take professional advice when setting up their business, leaving them vulnerable to costly mistakes.

Businesses based in England want more decisions to be taken in town halls rather than from Whitehall, according to a new survey.

Our round-up of other small business stories making the headlines this week...

The hiring intentions of UK firms are at “sky-high” levels with figures stronger even than those during the boom of the mid-2000s, according to the latest Business Trends Report by accountants BDO.

Freelancers’ confidence in business and the economy has been restored after dips in the previous quarter, according to new research.

With business cash on deposit up by 6%, many businesses are missing out on potential interest with 31% of business deposit accounts paying just 0.1% or less on balances of £10,000.

Google has been advising websites to prepare for mobile users for years. Websites that have ignored those warnings will start to feel the consequences now. Starting on 21 April, sites that are not mobile-friendly will see a fall in their mobile traffic, writes Rory MccGwire.

Our round-up of other small business stories making the headlines this week...

Amid continuing economic uncertainty, businesses are sitting on cash surpluses and are unlikely to invest in infrastructure until they feel more secure.

Government support for UK exporters needs to go further in order to tackle Britain’s trade deficit, according to the Cole Commission on exporting.