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Hats, pan pipes and cash - why law firms need to be more Peruvian. Oh and expect me to be the next SRA chair...

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Last year I went on holiday to Peru and I have become a bit of a Peru bore, so taken was I with the country and its people. So for the last time ever I will mention Peru again but this time -What Peru can teach UK law firms- it’s time we all channelled...

When discussions become heated and a local law firm closes...

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Sometimes the smallest of decisions can spark the fiercest debates in law firms. It’s a year since we changed how we address our formal letters. I had a small group of sensible people in to discuss alternatives. It got a bit heated. “Dear...

It's National Conveyancing Week!

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It’s National Conveyancing Week. I am sure you haven’t missed it. It was squeezed between “National pork pie Day” and “International Check your Feet for Verrucas Week”. There’s a problem about the scheduling for 2025...

The return of tongue in cheek legal blog

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This blog has been quiet for many months sadly. The marketing department monsters said I could not write something every week and the blighters have been proved right. That’s another lunch I owe them.  My last edition was September. Is it because...

99% of law firm kitchen tables and pinboards will have these features!

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Recently I visited another local law firm to chew something over. It’s nice to have other Firms in your area you get on well with despite competing for the same clients. The chap I was speaking to took me into their kitchen to make a cup of tea. Their...

Door handle dilemmas and training twists

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Last month the SRA issued a stern warnings about training by solicitors. We are not doing enough apparently and this needs to change. In our firm aim pleased to say, somewhat smugly, that this does not apply as we train everyone regularly through a variety...

Why does it all rain on me? We all know who is really in charge in law firms....

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Why does it always rain in Manchester? I confess to having some regional prejudices. I’ve worked my whole life in sunny Kent, the garden of England, with its picturesque Castles, Cathedrals and poly tunnels producing all those lovely strawberries for...

Never predict the future of the law, Marie Kondo is ashamed of me and "what exactly does it do?"

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Two weeks ago we looked like we had a network problem and no-one could log in as well as the phone system being down. It was not the dreaded cyberattack but it might be a while before everything was back up so I set about a rare but satisfying task –...

Good for Sweary Clients and "Come and paddle in my Think tank" management speak

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One of the trickiest issues as a lawyer is when there appears to be an issue about a client’s mental capacity. Are they capable of understanding what you’re doing for them and its legal effect? The client may have said or done something that has...

The Dog Ate my Blog, and why you should not trust the quiet ones....

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Magna Carter is late this time round and I have a good reason. The dog eat my homework is not an excuse I can use with the marketing department monsters as they know I do not have a dog. At the risk of alienating anyone still read this weekly blog/guff I am...

I'm a solicitor not a bleeding tax collector

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This week – “I’m a solicitor, not a bleeding tax collector” and a bizarre interview. To qualify as a solicitor takes a minimum of 7 years. When setting out on that path many dream of the life saving tasks they envisage they will...

Charity golf days, axe-throwing, and office shenanigans

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An important client is running a golf day. As managing partner I know it’s important we go, press the flesh, smile a lot, do not win and behave impeccably. I press gang 3 really reliable colleagues who are not golf bandits. It’s a great day, the...

Creating marketing monsters and a trip to the King's Coronation

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The vague mention of me writing a work blog regularly perked up the ladies in our marketing department no end. These professionals are lovely, calm, creative women who I recruited as Managing Partner to boost our marketing especially our website and social...