Date: 29th July 2020
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Deborah Hair, Marketing Consultant at Stonefield Marketing, has summarised her marketing tips for your high street legal practice during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more about it here.
Boyd Digital are international search engine optimisation experts. They can offer members a no cost audit of their websites from a technical and structural perspective. This would include looking at members' other digital channels and seeing how they compare with some of their competitors. Boyd Digital will then provide a breakdown along with some recommendations without any obligation for those involved.
As businesses and communities begin to emerge from the enforced lockdown, significant challenges will be faced by most Scottish law firms in the short, medium and long-term. Adaptability, resilience, creativity and flexibility will be essential as you and your firm respond to wide ranging, sweeping social and economic changes.
In the legal profession, the most dramatic fall off has been on the high street. Cash flow pressures and lower fee income as a result of massively reduced residential property transactions, reductions in court hearings while social distancing measures and lack of face-to-face meetings is causing difficulties in other areas, such as the execution of wills.
The responses needed to navigate these challenges are many and varied. High Street and Sole practice often demands a wide variety of skills and attributes: legal expertise and insight has to be married with management/leadership skill, financial acumen, business development and marketing, client relations, cashroom management and much else besides.
- Format and joining sessions
- Aims and outcomes – practical guidance that you can use
- Recovery on the High Street
- Possibility and Danger
- Wellbeing in the profession
- Financial packages and what it means to your firm
- Help with regulatory requirements
- Member Services available to help kickstart your renewal
Employment and the world of work have changed in real time before our eyes. An appreciation of the importance of nurturing good wellbeing has taken on much deeper significance. Our report on wellbeing in the profession identifies a seven step action plan.
- Changing nature of work post covid
- Wellbeing report: seven steps
- Opportunities and challenges for wellbeing at work
- Advantages for employers of flexible working culture
- Practical tips
This session will consider how the global recession occasioned by the pandemic has affected financial provision, covering:
- Valuation of matrimonial property
- Special circumstances arguments
- The significance of resources
- Organised cyber criminal activity post pandemic
- Examples of recent online scams
- Where to get help if you are concerned about your firm
- Digital submissions & electronic signatures
- Know Your Client: remote onboarding
- Digital registration and conveyancing
- Land register completion
With the gradual lifting of lockdown, the Blackadders’ Employment Team are being asked about the practical and legal consequences of a return to work. With that in mind, Simon and Jack will be answering their clients’ five most common questions during this session, along with identifying and answering questions about their clients’ regular pet peeves.
This session will look at how the practice of child law has changed as a result of the pandemic, and future considerations, specifically:
- Contact and residence
- Child relocation and repatriation
- Access to justice
- Client care considerations
- Borrowing on favourable terms
- Cash flow – understanding your options
- Finance options
- Short term
- Longer term
Over the past few months the legal industry has been forced to rethink and reform. Most law firms have had to shift their entire operating processes, such as client and peer interaction to a fully virtual world. During this session Brodies' Martin Sloan and Clio's Geraldine O'Reilly, will discuss how cloud technology has helped firms through the COVID-19 pandemic and what you should consider when joining the mass migration to the cloud.
- Why are law firms moving to the Cloud–now more than ever?
- What are the benefits of Cloud technology?
- The questions you should ask before buying
- Return to office: logistics, protocols and useful tips
- Morale and teamwork: agility and flexibility
- Connecting productivity with profitability
- Preparing for what is over the hill
- Managing cashflow
- Scenario planning and data driven decision making
- Transparent pricing - pitfalls to avoid
- Pricing and avoiding "write-offs"
- Fixed fees actually do work!
- Getting the documentation right
- Dealing with lockdown issues
- Looking at points and risks that will arise after lockdown and into the ‘normal’ (new or otherwise)
- The importance of and opportunities in private client… protecting people and wealth
- Simple steps to get your business working online
- Customer needs and how to help
- Buying and selling online
- Conveyancing online
- Web SEO
- Website tips
- Submitting documents
- Variations across courts
- Obtaining information
- Communication channels – how do you take client’s instructions when at a virtual hearing
- Evidence – how do you assess credibility and reliability?
- Witnesses – is there any influence being placed on them?
- Productions – how much do you send to witnesses (and how)
- Productions – how do you prevent information getting into the public domain?
Please note the programme is subject to change