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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

Also in the news this week - 28 August 2015

28 August 2015

Are pension providers closing the door on SMEs?

Financial advisers are warning that growing numbers of pension providers are closing their doors to SMEs as they reach their auto-enrolment staging date. According to research conducted by Defaqto on behalf of NOW: Pensions, 77% of advisers anticipate that growing numbers of pension providers will not offer their auto-enrolment schemes to businesses with fewer than 30 employees. Of the 248 advisers questioned, 33% already believe there isn't enough pension provider choice for employers and 82% claim that providers have been cherry-picking auto-enrolment business.

Government warning to firms that employ illegal immigrants

The Government has threatened to close firms that employ illegal immigrants as part of what it describes as its "crack-down on unscrupulous employers". The new measures will make it easier for the Government to prosecute employers who hire workers who don't have permission to work in England and Wales, as well as increasing the maximum jail term for employers flouting the law from two years to five.

Cameron consults on apprenticeship levy

Prime minister David Cameron has outlined plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships and give businesses a say on how they are run. The Government has pledged to create three million apprenticeships by 2020. It is also giving employers the chance to give their views on the introduction of an apprenticeship levy, set to be introduced in 2017 and designed to increase investment in training and apprenticeships. Under the proposals, employers who put in funds will have direct spending power over it. Levy systems already operate in over 50 countries, including the Netherlands and Denmark.

New support for budding entrepreneurs

Start & Grow is a new business start-up initiative aimed at supporting ambitious entrepreneurs. It is specifically targeting people who haven't yet launched their business but are looking to achieve high growth and create employment opportunities. Support includes: one-to-one advice, skills training, mentoring, access to finance support and business planning. Supported by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), Start & Grow will be delivered across England by the Cavendish Consortium in areas where there are lower levels of business start-ups.

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