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
Antony Smith is a non-practising solicitor (England & Wales) by training with post-graduate level qualifications in law, project management and computing.
Since 2012 Antony has focused on delivering legal project management training and consultancy services via his company, Legal Project Management Limited.
His training is informed by personal practice-based ability and experience. Recognising there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, Antony encourages his students through workshops and exercises to consider aspects of legal project management and legal process improvement may be applied in the context of their legal service work.
Antony started his commercial career during the first wave of legal Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a legal expert system developer. He has since successfully managed project support for complex international commercial disputes, using computers in courtrooms and implementing practice management and workflow systems in a wide range of law firms.
He has been called a ‘completion expert’ and during his career, he has implemented many legal support projects which have been innovative and strategically important to the sponsoring organisation.
Antony has enjoyed project-based roles at Pinsent Masons, School of Law Kings College London, Berrymans Lace Mawer and Axxia / LexisNexis, where he spent just over 10 years in the role of Strategic Project Manager.
Antony is a full member of the Association for Project Management (APM), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is Prince II qualified (Practitioner level) a Legal Project Practitioner (LPP) and a Fellow of the International Institute of Legal Project Management (IILPM).