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Contributors to the CoreLegal blog include experts from our membership. Our bloggers, who also often speak at CoreLegal CPD Seminars explore the key areas of the legal profession, providing insight, practical advice and informed opinion. Please feel free to comment on blog posts.

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Litigation Expenses Insurance – Before or After?

on 26 July, 2010 Comments Off on Litigation Expenses Insurance – Before or After? -

Insurance for legal expenses has evolved along with CFA’s. Client’s may prefer the new “hybrid” offerings that allow them to pay later. Timing is of the essence and there are ways to attract the most favourable rates.

Insurance as an investment

Appropriate policies are an investment if set up correctly. Some insurance companies will accept payment of the premium after the case is concluded and they have a variety of ways to ensure that it is paid. Typically, client’s that have already assessed they have a good chance of winning the case before approaching the insurance market receive the best terms.

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The Argument FOR & AGAINST: Using A Legal Bookkeeping Service (Like Boogles)

on 12 July, 2010 No comments yet -

So, you’ve got in touch with us because you’re interested in getting in a legal cashier / a legal bookkeeper to give you a hand in your practice. But, we know that as a solicitor, you are keen to make the right decision and so we’re going to help you decide whether the expenses are worth it – presenting the evidence in a clear and easy way…..

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Outsourcing of non-legal services – smaller law firms are beginning to see real benefits and savings

on 12 July, 2010 No comments yet -

CoreLegal founder member David Mort, Director at IRN Research (a market research consultancy specialising in advising the legal services sector) reports on the findings  of a survey on outsourcing among smaller law firms

In May 2010, City law firm CMS Cameron McKenna announced that it was outsourcing its non-legal office functions (e.g. accounting and finance, HR, training, IT, marketing & communications, library and information etc) to Integreon in a multi-million pound deal.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/cameron-mckenna-signs-deal-outsource-middle-office-functions

In December 2009, Beachcroft and TLT Solicitors joined a third law firm Osborne Clarke in outsourcing their entire library services in another agreement with Integreon to create the first shared information centre in the UK legal sector.

http://www.legalweek.com/legal-week/news/1565496/beachcroft-tlt-sign-share-outsourced-library-services-oc

Both these examples are from large law firms but where does outsourcing fit in for the smaller firm?

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Solicitor’s indemnity concerns

on 6 July, 2010 Comments Off on Solicitor’s indemnity concerns -

Some solicitors are still punch drunk from last year.

With fewer insurance companies offering cover this year solicitors need more help than ever. Some are rolling with the punches, others have already given up. Here are the options including the good bad and ugly.

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Is your brand stereotyped?

on 29 June, 2010 Comments Off on Is your brand stereotyped? -

Frequently solicitors gain reputations in one field when they would also welcome work in several others to keep their offices busy. Few solicitors have not been exasperated to find a client has used another firm, for work they could have done, through the client’s mistaken perception of their abilities.

Maybe you are a solicitor who rejoices in your specialism – you have carved out a niche practice and people beat a path to your door. This article is not for you. This is for solicitors for whom the words “I didn’t know you did that.” are the sound of fees going to another firm.

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Increase Productivity – Ensure your Solicitors are Stressed in a Good Way

on 24 June, 2010 No comments yet -

The legal profession is a highly stressed industry, particularly in city based law firms. Often we know we feel under pressure especially when a looming deadline leads to a lack of sleep, poor eating habits and little more physical exercise than walking to the coffee machine.

When the coaches and consultants at Coach London spend time with solicitors it is rare that stress does not rear its head in one form or another, which is no surprise. However, what is surprising is that many law firms do not recognise the symptoms and therefore when to take stock….

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