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Jack of All Trades

My mobile is wonderful!

It is a phone, an MP3 player, a voice recorder, a calendar, a video player and recorder, a web browser, a camera, etc, etc. I have it on contract, but, if purchased over the counter, it costs about £400. Great value as I no longer need an MP3 player, a camcorder, a desktop web browser……..really?

In truth, I have an MP3 player and a camcorder and a desktop computer, as well as the mobile phone. The computer cost three times the price of the phone. The camcorder was a similar price and the camera cost about half as much as the phone. I even have a land-line at home which I pay for monthly.

Why? Well, think about it. For really good, clear pictures of your holiday, are you going to trust your mobile phone or will you buy a camera that is a specialist device? If you were going to leave your children with someone at home all day, would you want a qualified nanny or someone who was “probably OK”?

I have these extra, more expensive gadgets as well as the ubiquitous mobile phone because I am willing to pay for a level of experience (and service) that is higher than any old Tom Dick or Petra can offer, i.e. if I can see added value in the particular product or service.

It is the same with solicitors. Some clients may be happy with an adequate legal adviser. Will they pay top dollar for adequate? No. They will pay top dollar if they believe their problem is serious and needs resolution urgently by an expert in that field. Continue reading

Want to be a Law Firm Partner any more?

Well do you? According to comments from lots of recruiters, the answer is no!

Until his early retirement in the 1970s, my late father-in-law was a partner at a well-known establishment law firm catering for the rich and landed.  His ill health prior to retirement was not due to his work, and he was in most material ways very comfortable. The family lived in an idyllic country house with a huge garden and sufficient parking for four cars. Beyond in the paddock were two horses. His children were privately educated. He did have unlimited liability for the firm’s debts, but that did not seem to bother him and in reality never proved to be an issue. Family holidays involved overseas travel, usually by ship.

How would his working life compare with that of today’s Partners? Continue reading

Change is Inevitable, Embrace it and Profit

The Clementi Review of 2004 was simply a set of recommendations which did not have the force of law, so many people did not notice it or paid it little attention. The prescient amongst us suspected it meant that legal firms would have to change—whether for the better or the worse depended on one’s point of view. Even though the implementation of the underlying regulations of The Legal Services Act of 2007 was delayed until 2010/11, and may be delayed again, changes are most definitely afoot. What are the implications of the introduction of “Tesco Law” to the UK? Can legal practices afford to ignore it? Continue reading