Is it time solicitors started taking ethics training more seriously?


The requirement for solicitors to behave ethically in modern legal practice is more relevant than ever. Solicitors are still held in fairly high regard by the public, although that esteem is on the wane according to last year’s Trusted Professions poll by Ipsos Mori. Lawyers are less trusted than teachers and doctors but at least we prevail over accountants and bankers. We still hold a position of trust but we must work to hold that position. The current Solicitors Regulation Authority proposals to revise the Handbook are evidence that work still needs to be done.

June 21st, 2017

Eight tips to help your law firm thrive online

Chris Davidson Moore LT

Are any or all these items among your law firm’s primary business objectives for the months ahead? Increasing your turnover; enhancing your brand; improving your efficiency; and future proofing your firm. If your online presence isn’t directly contributing to your law firm’s success, then you are missing out on an opportunity that your competitors will be readying themselves to take advantage of. During this time of unprecedented change in the legal sector, you need to be more visible, instantly appealing, and shouting from the roof tops about how you offer a different, better, service than your competition.

June 15th, 2017

The five biggest IT threats to your firm’s GDPR compliance

Nigel Wright

Law firms hold a wealth of sensitive information, all of which will be subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. Specifically, article 5 of the GDPR requires that personal data shall be “processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures”. This blog highlights five risk areas for law firms when it comes to ensuring that IT systems are secure enough to meet your firm’s obligations under article 5.

June 12th, 2017

Stagnant and stable? The election and the property market

Andrew Lloyd 2017

The past year of the uncertain and unknown has led to a property market that is flat-lining. The Prime Minister’s pitch to the electorate is “strong and stable” leadership during a period of Brexit negotiations. But the present reality is a stagnant but stable market. And the election, at least in the short term, is adding to the uncertainty. Could the result mean a time of opportunity and growth is just around the corner? Or just another bump in the long-term trend? What could the election mean for the property market?

June 6th, 2017

Spinning plates – the life and times of a legal marketing professional

Chris Davidson Moore LT

Increasingly, we find ourselves speaking with law firms that have an in-house marketing resource, albeit in many cases that in-house resource is limited to one or two individuals. Coming from an in-house law firm marketing background myself, I find it heartening that law firms are recognising the value of having in-house marketing support during these times of unprecedented change in the profession. However, not every firm has the budget to hire half a dozen or more marketers, each with niche expertise in a particular area, to cover every need and eventuality. Many law firms will try and get around this issue by hiring a general ‘all-rounder’.

June 5th, 2017

Practical steps to cyber security for law firms

Mike Walker Peppermint

On average, 4,000 ransomware attacks occurred per day in 2016, according to a report from the FBI. Diving deeper, ransomware attacks on businesses have become more frequent as well. Between January and September 2016, ransomware attacks on business increased from once every two minutes to once every 40 seconds, according to Kaspersky. Over the last 12 months, the levels of cyber activity continue to increase month on month, as have the sophistication of attacks, but in just the four days after the WannaCry attack, the volumes of malicious activity increased 400% over the previous month.

May 31st, 2017

The rise of the multi-disciplinary lawyer: A challenge for legal education

Catrina Denvir

The legal profession has been on the receiving end of much hype regarding the impact of technology. Recent commentators purport that the aspiring lawyer must be a triple threat, possessing knowledge of the law, coding expertise, and in-depth knowledge of legal technology. Yet, focusing on legal technology risks overlooking the need for skills that transcend latest fads. Legal technology is a means by which to handle data: to organise it, record it, extract it, analyse it, predict from it and leverage it. Quantitative and statistical literacy – the ability to understand, apply, visualise and infer from data – underpins technological literacy and yet receives very little attention from those who encourage innovation in the legal curriculum.

May 26th, 2017

How to protect your firm from ransomware

Adam Curtis Hoowla

One news item has dominated the headlines over the last week – cyber-attacks and, in particular, the WannaCry ransomware. It is a well-known and well-documented fact that the legal industry, and conveyancing in particular, can be a vulnerable and high value target. This ranges from property hijacking – where fraudsters pose as legitimate owners of a property and sell it on without the real owner’s knowledge – to ‘Friday afternoon fraud’, with criminals contacting a busy law firm to ‘update’ their bank details to redirect funds.

May 22nd, 2017

Predictions on the future of marketing for law firms – part 2

social media

Social media marketing will die out. The signs are already there. The companies that succeed on social media are those that use it to listen, to assist, to empower, to inform, to respond and to connect to people as individuals. That just can’t be outsourced, automated or pre-packaged. We urge those lawyers who enjoy social media and who use it in interesting and meaningful ways – to connect with peers, to post interesting insights and to engage in debate – to continue to do so. It isn’t social media that will die; it’s social media marketing.

May 18th, 2017

Predictions on the future of marketing for law firms – part 1

David Kerr

The ‘brand resonance’ of the terms ‘lawyer’ and ‘solicitor’ is fading. The traditional lifelong solicitor-client relationships of the baby-boomer generation simply don’t exist for generations Y and Z and millennials. Generation Y, those born post-1980, are more sophisticated, discerning, and technology-savvy than previous generations. From a marketing perspective, they have grown up with a constant stream of intrusive marketing and have become inured to it. As such, they are more likely to proactively seek out the services they need online than respond to ads.

May 16th, 2017