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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

January 2016

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The Government has launched a new programme to encourage and support cyber security start-ups in a bid to keep the UK safe from cyber attacks.

UK businesses will receive more accurate information on the broadband speeds they should receive, under new protections announced by Ofcom this week.

The number of self-employed people in the UK has risen, according to the latest employment statistics.

Thousands of small businesses have signed a petition against the proposed new dividend tax in a bid to force the Government to debate the issue.

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

The leaders of all 52 of the British Chambers of Commerce have signed a letter to the Government demanding better digital and mobile connectivity for UK businesses.

The latest Small Business Index from the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed a North-South divide in business confidence.

Fast-moving technology is allowing small firms to punch above their weight as research shows how small businesses are finding new ways to compete and expand.

Customers in the UK are happier than they were a year ago but their focus has changed and issues such as competence and staff behaviour have become more important.

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

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched a market study into legal services in England and Wales to see if they are working well for small businesses and consumers.

The number of consumers that prefer to shop in independent retailers is increasing, according to new research.