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oscre oscre bravo

In the current challenging market conditions, IT is one of the great levellers of competition in the legal services market place.  And for IT systems to be effective, standardisation is the key. Those of you working in the field of conveyancing may well have come across Oscre (or Pisces as it was known as in […]

lawyer displacement… fact or fiction?

Legal futures has reported this week on Lord Falconer’s enthusiasm for “delawyering” personal injury cases, embracing the commoditised model.  At legal edge, we’ve been talking to lawyers for some time about this and have coined a different expression – “lawyer displacement” – but to all intents and purposes it means the same thing. The evolution […]

client delighters #1: tiered legal services

Developing new client-centric products Its worth any legal practice spending some time investigating the types of consumer centric products which are emerging into the legal services market place.  They are grounded in detailed market research and generally developed by large existing commercial organisations who can draw on their resources and scalability.  That is not to […]

Conveyancing is dead, long live conveyancing?

According to the Law Society Gazette this week, the impact of Lloyds volume based threshold for membership on their conveyancing panel has resulted in approx 2,500 firms being dropped – that’s approximately 1/3 of all firms dealing with conveyancing. So, another nail in the coffin of high street conveyancing. Removal from major lenders’ panels, effectively […]

keeping up with the Smiths

Studying how other industries promote their businesses can be a real quick win for legal practices.  Our advice is to forget what your competitors are doing, and think laterally. The restrictions on advertising which our profession has previously been constrained by mean that in general, we are still very much playing a game of catch […]

how healthy is your H&S?

Are you confident that your firm is complying with Heath and Safety obligations?  In our experience, its an area which is often overlooked, leaving firms and their employees potentially exposed.  Its another one of those “wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat” areas for law firms bosses. The obligations on […]

the hourly rate: going going gone?

Fees are back on the agenda again this week with the announcement from Cameron McKenna that they have launched an alternative billing campaign for existing and future clients; including an option for clients themselves to decide how much they want to pay, based on their perception of the value of the services they receive. Its […]

clc set to become regulator of choice?

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The Council for Licensed Conveyancers have just issued a consultation on their proposed draft code of conduct.  See http://bit.ly/bSBqWX. We all know that the CLC regulate conveyancing and probate work.  However, their application to add advocacy and litigation services to this remit expands their presence into the majority of “reserved activities”, effectively putting them on […]

to scan or not to scan

The paperless office concept is up and running in many law firms; but is it right for your practice? Whatever the size of your firm, reducing the amount of paper consumption at any level will have a positive impact; on back office costs, and the speed of transactions. We have worked with a number of […]

abs toolkit

Legal Edge’s Sally Holdway will be running a series of ABS signposting sessions for Liverpool Law Society in September.  Its an opportunity to get a glimpse into the future, and an understanding of what the opportunities will be for your practice.  See Liverpool Law Society  Liverpool Law Society for more details.

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