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

Compliance - overview

Over recent years, compliance and risk management has been an increasingly prominent and ever-evolving issue for law firms. (Updated 27 June 2023)

In the Starting up section of this website, Start-up compliance provides an excellent summary of the topic, covering SRA authorisation, COLP and COFA roles, SRA Standards and Regulations, financial issues, continuity and contingency planning, client care, reporting and monitoring, and accreditations.

Under SRA rules, you must have a compliance officer for legal practice (COLP) and a compliance officer for finance and administration (COFA). But it's important for the partnership to recognise that compliance is not something that can just be delegated to the COLP and COFA. The aim must be to create a culture of compliance throughout the firm. As well as a set of SRA Accounts Rules FAQs we have summarised the six most common breaches and how to avoid them.

Financial compliance requires a similar approach – not just in terms of protecting client assets but also the requirements of HMRC and Companies House. While day-to-day tasks may be delegated to the finance team and accountants, the firm's partnership (or directors) retain ultimate responsibility.

A useful starting point is to involve people across the firm in identifying the risks the firm faces and the best approach to mitigating them. Particular areas of concern may include data protection and GDPR, regulations around money laundering and bribery, the ever-present threats of cybercrime and the longer term challenges of Brexit.

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