Making it easier to grow your law firm

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This section covers succession, specialisation, mergers, selling a law firm, 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

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

Martyn Best, chief executive of Document Direct, introduces the Managing people section

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, working with management experts who have deep knowledge of the challenges faced in law firms.

Nicola Jones has kicked things off with her article on how to retain and motivate talent, and two checklists: personal development plans and identify learning needs.

Next, Jo Kangurs and Catherine Gasparini have provided checklists for recruitment interviews, induction, internal communications, performance appraisals, managing absenteeism, delegating effectively, and holding effective meetings and (dull, but necessary) implementing an email policy.

Upcoming checklists will help with building your team, managing change, and using consultants.