Making it easier to grow your law firm


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

How to plan and execute the process of starting up a new legal practice that is compliant and financially healthy

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 section only covers SRA Accounts Rules and GDPR at the moment. Compliance for start-ups is covered in the Starting up...

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

How to recruit and retain a team that is both happy and highly effective, dealing with the HR issues along the way

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

Joanna Gaudoin, managing director of Inside Out Image, introduces the Managing people section. (Updated 26 March 2024)

Lawyers spend many years studying to become an expert in particular areas of the law. But when they are asked to manage a person or a team, they are expected to instinctively know what to do.

In this section we have produced a set of simple but highly practical checklists to it easier to manage people.

Anne Harnetty has kicked things off with her article on how to retain and motivate talent and a checklist for recruitment interviews.

Then Kirsty Pappin, Stephen Ward, Anthony Smith and I have provided checklists for managing employees who are working from home, induction, internal communications, identifying learning needs, personal development plans, performance appraisals, managing absenteeism, delegating effectively, and holding effective meetings.