Monthly Archives: December 2013

Leadership = “Be up to something”

This strikes a chord on leadership and business strategy and should be an inspiration for anyone in the legal sector who has a vision of what they want to do (differently) going forwards.

it comes from a very different SRA – Steve Radcliffe Associates. 

If you want to do it, we can help you make it happen.

Allan Carton


Hosted IT for a small startup law firm. Some advice today ..

Hosted IT services in the Cloud“We don’t actually provide the hosting service but advise firms on the options and help with the transition.  I’m happy to give you a couple of contact names to get this info direct from the suppliers we think would be the easiest options for you as a small start up as they would quickly understand your requirements and have solutions ready and waiting.

There will be other options though.   Be wary of just making a direct cost comparison between hosted and on-premise solutions as there a lot of softer benefits (admin, management, hassle, holiday cover, flex options to working remotely, disaster recovery etc. of hosting) and some risks (control and resilience of comms lines into your office in particular, retention of some local admin support) you need to take into account in the value equation too.

It would probably be worth meeting and running the proposals past Frank Manning here to make sure they really match your requirements and to get his tips on making sure it all goes smoothly – maybe half a day of input from him would cost you about £425 plus vat and expenses, so let me know if that could be of interest.  I suspect it would be money well spent at this stage to make sure you are on the right track.”

And … let me know if you need anything else in setting up the practice.  Jon Miller would be good to get the finances set up,

Allan Carton

Management & Technology needed to deal effectively with Mitchell, Costs Management and Form H

Claire McNamara BLPThis excellent resume posted by by  of BLP highlights the challenges that need to be addressed (not leaving lawyers to tackle them on their own) in what has now become a critical area of legal operations for most law firms.  How should  law firms developo the buisness to be able to cope with this and make it easier for the lawyers to get it right?

Cost management in the courts has been around now for some time. In the TCC, we have had extended pilots dating back to 2010 and, since April 2013, the new provisions courtesy of section II of CPR Part 3 and PD 3E have been in place.  

Read the full article here >>

Questions addressed:

  • The message from Mitchell and CPR Part 3.9?
  • So, Is it working?
  • Lack of Consensus?
  • Are the judges able to manage costs effectively?
  • Do judges have the time?
  • More proportionate costs?
  • Where does this leave us?

How to leverage festive drinks party small talk into relationships that pay!

Courtesy of The Influence Business

Simple tips to get it right this ChristmasWith the Christmas decorations hung, venues booked and invitations organised, the networking season is now in full swing. In the social whirlwind that is December, your calendar will be packed full of festive events, all awash with business opportunities. As the mince pies, mulled wine and small talk occupy our evenings, now is the time to brush up on your networking skills, ready to leverage Christmas networking encounters into relationships that pay!

It is no surprise that developing relationships with key influencers in your industry can lead to opportunities in the New Year; however, networking doesn’t always come naturally. There are a number of strategies you can employ to not only enhance your networking skills this Christmas but also improve your bottom line.

Here are 8 top tips to help you maximize the networking opportunities on offer:

  1. Do your research! Don’t hesitate to contact the event organiser beforehand and ask for an attendee list. Alternately, consider acting as a host. Offer to help with the name badges or registration. This will highlight any prospects worth approaching.
  2. Go into the event with a clear purpose. What outcome do you want to achieve? Is there someone specific you want to meet? If so, what do you know about them?
  3. Consider your opening line. Create a 10 second answer to the question “…and what do you do?” For example, “I’m a tax lawyer with ****** and I help my clients by doing all the heavy listing as far as their tax is concerned.’  Keep you answer short, simple and jargon free, which will encourage the other person to ask questions and dig deeper.
  4. Exchange business cards.  Don’t just stuff their card into your pocket or bag!  Look at it. It helps you remember their name and gives you something to talk about. Do not ask for their card if it is not of value to you, unless you want to ease your escape.

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