Edmonds challenges profession to throw away its regulatory rule books

News Article - 23/09/2013 : edmonds, Legal Services Act, legal services board, LSB, regulation, regulatory body, rule-based, solicitors regulation authority, Practice Management, Community

Legal Services Board chair discusses his master plan for a single legal regulator, the failings of a rule-based approach and his ideas for a Royal College of Advocacy

It is only one step from the proposal that there should be a single...

ABS bids to leverage clients’ trust of solicitors to expand into non-legal services

News Article - 23/09/2013 : ABS, alternative business structure, ldp, MSB law, MSB solicitors, personal injury, SRA, Finance, Marketing & BD, Practice Management, Community

The trust that solicitors engender among their clients should be leveraged, with other services operating under legal professionals’ banner within alternative business structures (ABS), according to the head of one of the newest ABSs.

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‘ABS to the shires’ targets membership worth £13bn

News Article - 20/09/2013 : ABS, alternative business structure, cga, country gentlemen's association, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, Finance, Practice Management, Community

An alternative business structure (ABS) with access to clients with assets of more than £13bn has been launched by the Country Gentlemen’s Association (CGA), whose members who are mainly landowners, farmers, and retired military...

Legal education must be more flexible, says LSB

News Article - 20/09/2013 : david edmonds, legal education, legal services board, LETR, LSB, regulations, regulators, Practice Management, Community

Legal regulators have been told to urgently review their education and training framework in new statutory guidance published by the Legal Services Board in the wake of LETR.

Setting their draft guidance and a short consultation, chair...

Slater & Gordon circles Pannone as consumer legal services market consolidates

News Article - 20/09/2013 : affinity, connect2law, fentons, manchester, pannone, Slater & Gordon, Finance, Practice Management, Community

Slater & Gordon is circling Manchester-based Pannone with the intention of making the firm’s consumer business its next strategic acquisition.

Sources close to Pannone said a period of due diligence is underway and that a...

Top conveyancing firm warns of separate representation “calamity”

News Article - 20/09/2013 : consultation, conveyancing, law society of scotland, separate representation, Finance, Community

Scotland’s largest law firm conveyancer has thundered into the separate representation debate, critiquing the move as “politically motivated, opportunistic, regressive” and “anti-competitive”, and a “calamity...

SRA puts 1,200 firms on financial stability watchlist – how many more will join them?

News Article - 19/09/2013 : Finance, results, SRA, stability watchlist, Finance, Practice Management, Community

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) now has 1,200 law firms on its financial stability watchlist, with more likely to join it shortly, it has emerged.

It follows the recent request for financial data from 1,500 practices that work in...

Slater & Gordon launches £1m ad campaign

News Article - 18/09/2013 : advertising, marketing, saatchi masius, Slater & Gordon, television advert, Marketing & BD, Community

Firm brings in M&C Saatchi to create prime-time ads

Slater and Gordon has launched a £1m television campaign in a bid to become "a household name".

"The main objective is for us to increase awareness of...

Capita gears up for further expansion after Optima acquisition

News Article - 18/09/2013 : ABS, alternative business structure, berwin leighton paisner, capita, expansion, optima, pinsent masons, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, Finance, Practice Management, Community

Capita, the outsourcing giant that yesterday announced plans to buy a law firm, remains on the acquisition trail and is also looking for a top-20 law firm to partner with, Legal Futures can report.

It struck a deal to buy volume firm...

Scrap Legal Services Board, Bar Council says

News Article - 18/09/2013 : bar council, college of regulators, legal services board, regulation, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, Practice Management, Community

Bar representative body calls for new regulators college to replace LSB

The Bar Council has called for the creation of a College of Regulators to replace the Legal Services Board, rejecting along the way suggestions for a single legal...

Strong results for the UK’s first ABS

News Article - 18/09/2013 : ABS, alternative business structure, conveyancing, Finance, my home move, premier property lawyers, Finance, Practice Management, Community

The country’s first alternative business structure (ABS) and largest conveyancing business revealed strong annual results yesterday.

Premier Property Lawyers – which became an ABS on 6 October 2011 – is part of My Home...

Kintish: what is networking?

Video - 17/09/2013 : Kintish, networking skills, networking tips, will kintish, Human Resources, Community

Networking is broken down into 3 simple elements. Know, Like and Trust.

Kintish: why go networking?

Video - 17/09/2013 : Kintish, networking skills, networking tips, will kintish, Human Resources, Community

Some people sit in the office waiting for the phone to ring or rely on existing clients to bring business in. This is a reactive way to do business. Networking helps expand your network and allows you to reach out to new clients.

Kintish: skills and traits of great networkers

Video - 17/09/2013 : Kintish, networking skills, networking tips, will kintish, Human Resources, Community

Remember: networking isn’t just talking about yourself, it’s about listening to the other person and learning more about them.

Kintish: people's fears when networking

Video - 17/09/2013 : Kintish, networking fears, networking skills, skills, video, will kintish, Human Resources, Community

Most people that walk into a room at a business event have negative thoughts running through their heads: “What if people don’t like me?”, “What if I get rejected from a group?”. This video will show you how to deal...