The 360 Legal Group, a Legal Futures Associate, has announced a revision to its membership offer which it hopes will encourage more firms to invest in improving business skills and efficiency.
360 Legal Group members, currently some 700 UK law firms, will now be able to access free SRA-authorised CPD seminars for an unlimited number of staff as part of membership, which starts from under £30 per month.
The seminars, on around ten different topics will be delivered in various regions across the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol and Cardiff to help lower travel costs and reduce delegate commuting time.
Membership will also include a free practice review which revisits and updates business plans and objectives, an annual benchmarking report to enable members to get an overview of their organisation’s performance against other member practices, a quarterly e-zine to inform members about trends and developments in the legal sector, a telephone helpline and discounts of at least 20% on all of 360 Legal Group’s consultancy services.
The revised membership offer has been launched by the firm after listening to the needs of members. It comes at a time when, says chief executive Viv Williams, many law firms need to urgently invest in bringing a greater level of efficiency and business skills into their practices.
“In the current economic climate, we are seeing a growing number of law firms being focused on surviving the next period rather than on professional development,” he said. “Whilst most in the legal profession agree with the ethos of updating knowledge and keeping abreast of changes, daily pressures often mean that CPD uses valuable resources in terms of time and money and is usually completed in the last month of the CPD year.
“By making CPD seminars much more cost-effective and accessible, we hope that firms will be more disposed to putting their staff forward to accrue the valuable knowledge that they need. Membership also opens the door to putting in place the essential business management and marketing know-how and skills to help law firms succeed in steering their practices through the challenging times ahead.”
The 360 Legal Group, which has been working with UK law firms since 2004, provides a dedicated business consultancy service for UK law firms, helping them to get work, save costs and restructure. It also helps firms understand the difficult and fast changing trading conditions facing the legal profession, take advantage of forthcoming deregulation and manage and market their practices more successfully as businesses.