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Why IBs mean an uneven playing field

Legal Futures has reported today on their sneaky peak of the new SRA Handbook, due for publication on 6th April. We already know a  great deal about what to expect, including the new concept of “indicative behaviours”.  That is to say non mandatory actions by solicitors which will indicate whether or not they are achieving […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

clc set to become regulator of choice?

Posted by | Filed under ABSs, clc, firm, innovation, risk management, sra | Aug 4, 2010 | Tags: , , , | No Comments

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 […]

saving thousands in IT licensing – easily

Posted by | Filed under firm, IT, open source | Jul 28, 2010 | Tags: , | No Comments

However, in today’s world, as IT becomes more fundamental to the success of firms; the age-old practice of licensing proprietary software is loosing favour. Companies are recognising that licensing and down-time from unreliable products such as Microsoft Windows is costing them money and, in some respects, costing them skills; deploying software in this way can breed a culture within system administrators where they would rather buy a product than learn new skills to fix a problem.

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 […]

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