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Slater and Gordon fall down & under!

A very disappointing but inevitable release this morning regarding S&G. Smarter men than I will understand why they acquired Quindell for...

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Are law firms now changing their branding habits?

Chalk and cheese, cats and dogs, law firms and branding. Or is this changing? Some law firms are beginning to brand themselves in the way...

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Record level of New Homes Planning Permissions Reported

New home planning permissions in England have reached their highest level since 2008 according to figures released by the Home Builders...

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Should all aspiring lawyers be paid for work experience?

Work experience gives young, aspiring lawyers the chance to get their foot in the door, as well as earning some CV boosting experience. 

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"The Big Short" - Predicting a Global Economic Crisis

I watched Adam McKay's "The Big Short" over the weekend and it opened my eyes. The film depicts the four players who predicted the...

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Housing Market is still going strong

Great news for law firms is that the housing market seems to be going strong with no signs of slowing down.

"UK market fundamentals are helping to underpin this recovery, with real wage growth, an improving labour market, competitive mortgage...…

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"The Big Short" - Predicting a Global Economic Crisis

I watched Adam McKay's "The Big Short" over the weekend and it opened my eyes. The film depicts the four players who predicted the...

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No more car parking? The future of high density,...

With the explosion of Dublin Bikes and its similar counterparts all across the globe, we've noticed a decreasing demand for taxis and car...

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Meetings Waste Your Time

Sweeping generalisation but it is true that most meetings, particularly internal meetings don't need to take as long as they do.

The...

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Can you avoid hiring the wrong person?

No. But you can reduce the risks.

Avoid being charmed and listen to the ways in which candidates describe their behaviour.

You can...

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Whats your elevator pitch?

Something I have never struggled with until we created the Brannan Group, it is difficult to do this when you have over half a dozen...

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Would you use rent bikes in Manchester?

I know most of us in our office would welcome these bikes, we often walk the length of Deansgate for meetings, bikes would definitely be...

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The man who turned Porsche GB around on motivating employees

When he took charge Porsche GB were on the brink of bankruptcy, yet with hard work and man-management Kevin Gaskell turned them into a...

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Lawyers and social media

The most recent American Bar Association Legal Technology Survey Report shows that more lawyers than ever are interacting online.

However,...

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The really interesting thing about Gunnerbloom?

...is not so much that they have set up a division of the business targeted at more junior lawyers.

It is not clear from the story how it...

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Junior lawyers should learn commercial & business skills early on

Law firm gunnercooke have created a 'junior division' - gunnerbloom, allowing the next generation of lawyers to develop their commercial...

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Sometimes the best person for the job isn't the obvious one

The best person for the job isn't necessarily the one we had in mind when we drafted the job spec. So how do we keep our minds open to...

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The accountants are coming to steal your lunch

Accountants now want to be able to carry out all reserved legal activities and to gain legal professional privilege for the tax advice...

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Do we need new approaches to interviewing candidates?

John Sullivan believes that among other things behavioural interviewing doesn't work any more.

The suggestion is that we need people who...

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Is the In-house flexi-time advantage over private practice narrowing?

In-house lawyers traditionally saw a more flexible schedule than that of their private practice peers, however times appear to be changing. 

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Seven rules for refreshing your interview questions

Information sharing over the internet now means a lot a firms' 'usual' interview questions are known before the interviewee enters the...

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If an associate is not 'partner material' is that it?

The concern with this topic is the thought that if someone is not ‘partner material’ no matter how talented a lawyer they are, they won’t...

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Personality is more important than client following

Law firms sometimes take the view that if a Partner has a strong following but is a difficult personality they can live with the...

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A blueprint for success for independent law firms

The Senior Partner of Macfarlanes, Charles martin has set out what he thinks is the essence of an "independent" law firm and how they can...

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Small law firms have most to lose from SQE, leading academic warns

Following on from my post a couple of weeks back on the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, Professor Bradney of Keele University has poured more...

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ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?

Quite an interesting fact - "For something that we each spend around a third of our lives doing, one in three of us regularly struggle...

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US Law Firms are Increasing Partner Capital Contributions

According to the American Lawyer magazine average partner capital contributions have increased from 20-25% of income in 2004-7 to 30 -...

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Why accepting a counteroffer from a selfish employer will ruin your career

Losing a candidate to a counteroffer is a killer. Picture this: You are already many months into your search for that evasive talent you...

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Manchester is the leading legal centre outside London

Although Birmingham and Bristol law firms occupy more space than those in Manchester it is Manchester which has more firms and more fee...

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Should more companies re-brand to remove their corporate image?

As far as brands go in the UK (and possibly the world) they don't come much larger than The Barclay's Premier League. 

Therefore a...

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Further fuel to the Northern Powerhouse fire?

As big players in the legal market take up more and more office space and as the number of fee earners in those offices steadily...

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Staying ahead of the curve...do more good rather than less bad

As even luxury goods makers are now finding they need to be more socially responsible and source more sustainable products, is it time...

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Good move to protect those who serve to protect us

Some good news that the government are taking further steps to protect those serving their country.

As I have mentioned previously,...

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Is looking "carefully" code for rubber stamping!?

It is inevitable that these changes will come into force before the end of 2016, suggesting that there is no end in sight to the lawyer...

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Row the Atlantic non stop?

I served in the marines with 2 of the crew, this is one of those ideas in the pub that ends up snow balling. Even Tim Peake has tweeted...

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Is North shoring for you?

As more investigate the option of North shoring and firms adapt and understand outsourcing can save time and money its interesting to...

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Understanding career development when moving firms

An important part of looking to move law firm is understanding the potential for progression once you're in. 

A potential new firm can...

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11 Things that law firms and lawyers can learn from athletes

This was a topical article based on the superbowl which took place last night but they would apply equally to any successful sports team...

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Contradictory signs about the economy

At the time that some commentators are talking about the real estate market cooling and entering a mature phase of the economic cycle we...

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Legal Project Managers, do you need them in your business?

LPM's departments are growing in the "big 6" law firms and others are quickly looking to develop departments. Via the Brannan Group you...

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Northern Powerhouse would rank 21st in the world.

Carrying on with a northern theme after commenting previously on North-Shoring, it's interesting to see combined the Northern...

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How will law firms utilise technology?

The latest technology changes so frequently that it seems new training is almost always required. 

The problem is that making new...

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Want to become an effective manager?

Being technically excellent in your chosen field does not automatically transfer into being an excellent manager of people. 

In fact, most...

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A common misconception - The Difference Between Purpose and Mission

Directors, partners, managers  - should be reading this article and thinking..."what is our purpose? why are we here? are our employees...

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Mistakes that make good employees leave

"Employees don't leave jobs, they leave managers"

The disenchantment of good people is caused by things their managers and leaders do and...

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Differentiation in professional services marketing – look within!

If you pick 10 professional services firms at random and go to the “about us” section of their websites odds are you will find at least...

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(Un)branded Man

I have written about this previously (see Passles passim), but I can't help but observe yet again that it is an interesting world in...

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An alternative opinion of fixed costs - could it improve access to justice?

With the whole legal world thinking fixed costs are a bad idea that will lead to further redundancies and less access to justice, Rachel...

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Being heard in a difficult conversation

We all have those conversations waiting to be had, with employees, clients or indeed our bosses. Some good tips here to make sure you get...

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Is this the start of a new trend?

Will this be the first of many self-financed litigation firms?

Only time will tell I suppose..... 

A Cardiff-based commercial practice has become the first UK law firm to create its own litigation fund. Capital Law has secured a £50m...…

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Who needs lawyers?

This is a crowd funded legal DIY product that didnt get the funding that it was looking for but it is an example of the types of...

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Northern city pursues London law firms

Northshoring; the practice where a firm moves its back-office staff based in London to a cheaper location, usually in the north, has...

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