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  • SRA Regulatory Reforms – who benefits? 21 May, 2014 - The SRA has launched a raft of regulatory reforms - but are they in the public interest or even in the interests of the profession?
  • Time to shed the “fat cat” reputation 22 March, 2014 - As more and more firms struggle with survival, the time has come for us to be more vocal about the reality of solicitor earnings and dispel the "fat cat" myth.
  • When the writing is on the wall… 23 September, 2013 - The ending of the Assigned Risks Pool for indemnity insurance periods beginning on or after 1 October 2013, combined with problems in the insurance market, has left many firms in a vulnerable position.
  • Building Your Business 23 August, 2013 - With the global recession hitting sole practitioners and small firms with particular force, now is the time to think about ways in which you can actively build your business
  • Making the Ethical Choice 12 July, 2013 - Lawyers may be taught ethics as part of their professional training, but experience shows that many do not recognise a potential ethical dilemma arising in their practices.
  • How to be Happy 12 June, 2013 - Does legal practice make you unhappy? Many lawyers are struggling with stress, drinking to blot out the pain or being made miserable by office bullies.
  • Sprat and Mackerel Solicitors – purveyors of free advice 28 March, 2012 - As more and more lawyers offer parts of their services for free this article asks is this a valid business plan to attract better work or simply the market undervaluing the services that lawyers provide?
  • SRA Accepts First ABS Applications 12 January, 2012 - The SRA started accepting applications for authorisation from Alternative Business Structures on 3 January – the first working day of the new year - but is it, or indeed any other regulator, actually ready to take on the regulation of a very wide and disparate range of legal services providers?
  • “If your lips would keep from slips …… 9 January, 2012 - Tweeting can be a dangerous pastime if not undertaken with care, and can in the wrong circumstances bring disciplinary sanctions in its wake. So what should you do to avoid causing offence or a regulatory breach?
  • An unachievable dream? 17 April, 2011 - As the current financial squeeze continues to tighten, petrol prices soar, government spending cuts bite and law firms tighten their economic belt just one more notch, one is prompted to ask whether those students entering the legal educational sausage machine are being sold an unachievable dream.
  • Stay away from Delphi – and self-fulfilling prophesies 17 January, 2011 - Are we, as a profession, in danger of talking ourselves into extinction simply by not saying enough that is positive? It seems that many solicitors don?t want to change the way they offer services, despite the fact that all of the indicators would seem to be that everyone else does.
  • The trial Kafka – required reading for tomorrow’s lawyer? 11 November, 2010 - In a survey of around 180 lawyers, slightly over half thought ABSs would provide more opportunity for them. Who were this representative sample of our great and learned profession, and what were they really thinking when they expressed that thought?
  • Alternatives to intervention – proposals considered by SRA 10 November, 2010 - With interventions this year likely to be close to the all-time previous high of 113 reached in 2000, should more be done to avoid interventions occurring in the first place?
  • Dealing with Addiction 5 November, 2010 - Most people are likely to have at least one addiction in their life - which is OK if it is not impinging on their ability to carry on daily personal and working life. If it does stray over the boundaries, the sooner that is recognised and dealt with the better.
  • Cutting out the clutter 4 November, 2010 - A Lexis Nexis survey has revealed that information overload is a widespread and growing problem for lawyers everywhere and is lowering productivity and morale. But what can be done?
  • Depression – the hidden hazard 28 October, 2010 - Given that depression is so prevalent in our society, and particularly amongst the legal profession, little account of it is taken and very few know how to respond to those who are experiencing it.
  • Technostress 19 September, 2010 - Life in today's world has given rise to a whole range of new phenomena and our vocabulary has had to expand as new maladies have been identified. Technostress is one of those terms and it is becoming ever more prevalent,
  • Do lawyers care about their regulators? 23 August, 2010 - Does the average lawyer actually cares about those who regulate - until, of course, it is too late and they find themselves on the wrong end of a disciplinary sanction. Should there be greater interaction between regulator and regulated?
  • Adapting for the ABS 16 July, 2010 - In this article looking at Alternative Business Structures we consider briefly why those in the current legal market place will need to change in order to survive.
  • Intervention – should be a last resort 14 July, 2010 - An intervention into a solicitors' practice is a process which should only ever undertake as a last resort. Despite this the number of interventions being undertaken by the SRA has risen by 31% - with 28% of those not undertaken to protect the interests of clients.
  • Halliwells are not the only casualty 2 July, 2010 - Firms of solicitors and licensed conveyancers the length and breadth of the country are struggling with reducing incomes, rising overheads and fickle clients.