Here come the Aussies - Slater & Gordon kicks off Legal Services Act era in earnest

News Article - 01/02/2012 : Australia, Legal Services Act, russell jones & walker, Community, Community


Around 18 months ago, Andrew Grech, the managing director of Slater & Gordon (S&G), gave a presentation to a seminar run by accountants Baker Tilly. He began by showing a slick corporate video outlining the history and...

Aussie firm Slater & Gordon posts turnover rise after acquisitive year

News Article - 19/01/2012 : legal services, Legal Services Act, merger, Finance, Finance

Australia's Slater & Gordon, the first law firm to float on a stock market, has posted a 21 per cent jump in turnover to Aus$124.7m (£71.8m) for the 2009-10 financial year.

Profit at the firm grew 16 per cent to Aus$19.8m...

MoJ survey questions impact of law firm advertising

News Article - 19/01/2012 : advertising, Legal Services Act, marketing, ministry of justice, referrals, survey, Finance, Finance, Marketing & BD, Practice Management

A survey for the MoJ based on telephone interviews with more than 900 law firm clients has revealed that only five per cent chose their lawyer through advertising.

This proportion is smaller than the eight per cent who "saw local offices"...

MoJ says Legal Services Act roll-out on track despite Cable review

News Article - 19/01/2012 : Legal Services Act, Practice Management, Practice Management

The Ministry of Justice has denied that the implementation of the Legal Services Act (LSA) is to be delayed after Business Secretary Vince Cable launched a review of excessive regulation.

Cable launched the Reducing Regulation Committee...

Shakespeares, Needhams merge to create £24m Birmingham giant

News Article - 19/01/2012 : Legal Services Act, merger, revenue, VAT, Practice Management, Practice Management

Birmingham-based Shakespeare Putsman is to merge with Midlands rival Needham & James, creating a £24m, 40-partner firm.

The deal is set to go live on 1 July. It follows the merger of Shakespeares and Putsmans three years ago,...

Barristers to instruct solicitors under new business model

News Article - 19/01/2012 : bar standards board, Legal Services Act, Practice Management, Practice Management

Barristers’ chambers could instruct solicitors under the Bar Council’s plans for new business structures.

The idea is to give sets of chambers more flexibility in bidding for work from large companies and local authorities. The plan would...

Senior lawyers warn future will not be driven by firms

News Article - 19/01/2012 : Legal Services Act, outsourcing, Practice Management, Practice Management

Law firms will have to get used to competing against non-legal entrants to the market, senior lawyers have predicted in a set-piece debate on the future of the profession.

The debate during Legal Week's Future of Legal Services Forum saw...

Scottish lawyers undone over ABSs

News Article - 19/01/2012 : ABS, alternative business structures, law society of scotland, Legal Services Act, scotland, Practice Management, Practice Management

The Scottish Law Agents Society (SLAS) has arguably paved the way for alternative business structures (ABSs) to be introduced north of the border despite orchestrating a vote to oppose them.

At the request of the SLAS the Law Society of...

LawSoc launches legal proceedings against Government over impact of Legal Services Act

News Article - 19/01/2012 : law society, Legal Services Act, Finance, Finance

The Law Society has launched proceedings against the Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw and the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC) over the impending impact of the Legal Services Act.

The unusual case saw the Law Society go head-to-...

Top law firms look outside law for finance, inside for IT, and to women only for HR

News Article - 19/01/2012 : equality, finance directors, hr directors, it directors, Legal Services Act, Finance, Finance, Human Resources, Technology

Top law firms' gender mix for senior support roles in two out of the three titles surveyed performs poorly against other sectors

Three major factors will drive change in the world of legal in the next 18 months - the completion...

Thursfields live on SOS Connect across the entire firm within 6 months

News Article - 19/01/2012 : it infrastructure, it investment, legal aid, Legal Services Act, sos connect, workflow, Technology, Technology

Thursfields Solicitors has successfully completed the first phase implementation of SOS Connect, the integrated case, document and practice management solution from Solicitors Own Software (SOS). In a 'big bang' roll-out to around 110 people in...

Lyceum asks law firms £50m investment question

News Article - 19/01/2012 : alternative business structures, Legal Services Act, lyceum capital, solicitors regulation authority, Finance, Finance

Lyceum Capital is posing law firms the £50m question, as the market gears up for the next stage of the Legal Services Act (LSA).

The private equity house - the first financier to openly target legal service investments - has been...

Trouble at t' bank?

News Article - 19/01/2012 : banking, kerma partners, Legal Services Act, Finance, Finance

William Arthur, Kerma Partners.

I have had a lot of calls over the last few months from Managing Partners and Finance Directors of law firms asking for a second opinion as to whether the renewal terms offered...

Bar urges chambers to offer clients a 'one-stop shop' to compete with solicitors

News Article - 19/01/2012 : alternative business structures, Legal Services Act, Finance, Finance, Marketing & BD

New Bar Council chairman Nicholas Green QC is urging chambers to set up separate business units to help them compete with solicitors to win work from clients.

The groundbreaking initiative would see individual chambers encouraged to set up...

Legal market evinces mixed emotions as new decade promises big changes

News Article - 19/01/2012 : fee income, Legal Services Act, merger, outlook, outsourcing, Finance, Finance, Human Resources, Knowledge Management, Marketing & BD, Technology

Fee models, outsourcing and the implications of the Legal Services Act (LSA) are among the hot topics as the legal market gears up for a tough 2010. Indeed, it is the need to adapt to a changing market that is exercising most minds at the cutting...