I have many years experience in managing a medium sized solicitors firm.
I have been closely involved in three mergers/take overs.
I also steered EAD to its ABS Licence in 2013.
I am happy to work alongside firms who are pursuing or considering such a project or just to be an outside voice in relation to decision making.
I can also assist lawyers and non lawyers looking to start up their own practice.
For firms considering widening their offering to include Clinical Negligence and Occupational Disease, I can help you develop a strategy including training, practical advice and risk management.
One of the mandatory principles of the SRA code of conduct 2011 is that you must –run your business or carry out your role in the business effectively and in accordance with proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles. In other words all law firms have to be managed as businesses.
So you not only have to have technical legal skills, you also now have to run a sound business. Many medium to large firms now employ a team of managers to look after – Finance, HR, IT, Communications, Risk, Marketing etc. For smaller enterprises the cost of this this can be prohibitive.
I have been a partner for over 20 years and in a senior management role for almost 10 years. I am happy to take on many of these management tasks so that the lawyers are freed up to spend more time looking after their clients and earning fees. I will meet senior managers to develop a management strategy to improve efficiency and profitability.
I have a particular interest in social media marketing and can provide advice and training or, if required, manage your firms social media output.
Risk and Compliance
I have been the Compliance Officer at EAD Solicitors for many years and will continue in this role on a consultancy basis.
I have held the following positions -
Money Laundering Officer
Data Protection Officer
Senior Responsible officer for the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme.
These are all onerous and time consuming tasks. The role of COLP cannot be outsourced. But I can assist with much of the work, effectively as an assistant to the nominated person.
I can also deal with Client complaints on an outsourced basis.
All of this enables lawyers to concentrate on working for their clients and making profits.