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September 4, 2018

Client Communication – LPM Article July/August 2018

Email is the new snail mail. This was the suggestion made to me recently by the managing partner of a law firm during a fascinating conversation about how law firms communicate with their clients. We are all now used to renewing our insurance by filling in a form online. Most of us wouldn’t dream of emailing our bank, and visiting branches is becoming a thing of the past (yes, I […]
September 4, 2018

Mistake Too – LPM Article May 2018

When I speak to law firm management about their business intelligence (BI), management information (MI) and reporting approaches, I’m regularly asked about what other firms do well. People naturally want to learn about best practice, or better practice, from other, similar firms. However, the question that is much less frequently asked, but which I think is equally – if not more – valuable, is “what mistakes do you see other […]
April 9, 2018

Win The Data – LPM Article March 2018

Does your firm have a data strategy? According to a study conducted by Harvard Business Review, less than half of an organisation’s structured data was actively used in making decisions and less than 1% of its unstructured data was analysed or used at all. In this column for LPM Magazine, I take a look at how many law firms fail to get best value from the data they own and […]
December 18, 2017

On The Benchmark – LPM Article December 2017

  In an article published in LPM magazine in December I took a look at benchmarking, questioning the value of traditional benchmarks, and re-visting my favourite theme of aligning all measurement with the firm’s own objectives. “Benchmarking is the practice of comparing an organisation’s performance metrics with those of similar organisations, to understand how they compare with best practitioners and identify where improvements are possible and desirable. Surely any organisation […]
October 1, 2017

Data Like Gold Dust – LPM Article October 2017

In an article published in LPM magazine in October, I discussed how selling legal services profitably requires firms need to get pricing right, which in turn requires better use of data, present and past. Most law firms are sitting on a goldmine of information that could radically improve their profitability through more appropriate pricing of their services. At the two LPM conferences in London and Birmingham in 2017, Katchr ran […]
September 18, 2017

The Risk Factor – LPM Article July 2017

In an article recently published in LPM magazine, I discussed the idea of how the data firms already have within their systems, can be used to reduce risk. One aspect of management law firms fall short with is using data to minimise risk. Risk is a very broad topic that must be considered by all firms from financial, regulatory, legal process, business environment, physical environment and reputational angles. Some risk […]
September 12, 2017

Deborah Ogden – Why personal brand and profile matter more than ever

In another of our popular series of guest blogs, positive impact coach Deborah Ogden shares some thoughts on the importance of personal brand for lawyers and their firms.   The Law Society’s report, ’The Future of Legal Services’, published last year, discussed the changes in the provision of legal services and the impact these will have on the solicitor profession.  They quoted a number of factors at play: the current […]
May 1, 2017

M Is For Measurable Marketing- LPM Article May 2017

In another article for LPM Magazine this month, I took a look at how law firms typically have access to more data relating to clients and new business than ever before and the challenges in turning that into actionable information. One area of business that’s notoriously difficult to monitor is marketing. Developments in online marketing have made it far simpler for businesses to measure basic activity over recent years – […]
April 27, 2017

Jamie Pennington – The reason for information

In this latest in our series of guest blogs. Jamie Pennington, business coach and trainer for Professional Service Firms gives his thoughts on the importance of timely actionable information. Information without action is useless I first learnt this when I used to work in defence intelligence. It’s less glamorous than you might think, especially when your speciality is maps and geographic data. But I did learn one thing: intelligence has […]
April 12, 2017

Peter Scott – The critical components for successs

This is the latest in our series of guest blogs. Peter Scott, consultant and regular writer and speaker on Law Firm Management topics urges firms to think differently. The critical components for successs – but first you may need to challenge your current thinking Over the past 12 months the three most read of my Briefing Notes have related to: Future direction and growth Partner performance and reward Profitability and […]
March 29, 2017

The KPIs have it – LPM Article March 2017

In an article I recently wrote for LPM magazine, I outlined some of my thoughts on my topic of the moment – Better Law Firm KPIs – actionable information beyond fees and time. This was also the topic of my recent talks at LegalEx 2017. Your firm probably has KPIs – fees billed, time recorded – but do these really drive action to improve your business? Should you really be […]
January 19, 2017

Jake Fox – Risk management and PI Insurance – what is round the corner?

This is the latest in our series of guest blogs contributed by some of the many partners that we work with at katchr. Jake Fox, Managing Director of J.M. Glendinning Professional Risks, discusses some of the potential changes coming in the arena of PI Insurance, and highlights the implications for both your firm and your management information. Risk management and Professional Indemnity Insurance – what is round the corner? In […]
November 21, 2016

Doug Hargrove – A Commercial Break from Tradition

Doug Hargrvove, Managing Director of Katchr partner Advanced, writes about how management information and business intelligence are key elements of the strategies of those law firms adopting more “commercial” practices. “We can’t afford to bet the future of the firm on a hunch or gut feel. Any strategically important decision has to be backed by quantitative intelligence“ Click here to read the article in full This article originally appeared in the […]
October 13, 2016

Guest Blog – Planning for positive cash flow

This is the first in a new series of guest blogs contributed by some of the many partners that we work with at katchr. The criteria for our guest bloggers are simple – they are people who we believe have something interesting to say about law firm management. The first is from Andy Poole of Armstrong Watson, who shares his practical ideas on exactly how to manage cashflow in a […]
January 29, 2016

Which part of your law firm is the most profitable?

  Which of your departments makes the most profit?  Most firms have one or two teams who appear to be on the crest of a wave, bringing in heady deals with big figures attached to them.  But do they actually translate into profit?  Could it be that the ‘steady as she goes’ solicitors are actually making more money than their glamorous colleagues? When we start working with a law firm […]
January 22, 2016

How can you improve a lawyer’s billing hours?

The biggest problem in law firms (in my view) is that most lawyers went into law to solve client problems – many passionately believing in the law to protect the vulnerable. New lawyers generally struggle with the whole commerciality of what a law firm is about.  They want to spend as much time as is needed to ensure a client gets the best result – but the reality is that […]
December 10, 2015

How can law firms secure growth in ‘the age of the client’?

The balance of power in the client/lawyer relationship is shifting, with knock on implications for law firm sustainability. To be one of the “fifty survivors” in the long term, law firms need to understand and meet client demands while also maintaining a keen eye on profit margins. This year’s LexisNexis Bellwether report ‘The age of the client’ examined how independent law firms and sole practitioners are responding to a new […]
October 17, 2015

Data driven decision making in law firms: useful driver for growth or driving you to despair?

Last year, Google confirmed that switching the shade of blue used on advertising links in Gmail and Google search earned the company an extra $200m a year in revenue. How did Google know this? Their advertising revenue data proved it. Using the method known as A/B user testing, different Google users were shown different versions of the same advert (each with a different shade of blue), and the impact on […]
September 24, 2015

Law firm managers: who to look out for at London Law Expo 2015

  On Tuesday 13th October, Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for the legal profession returns to London. The renowned London Law Expo will bring together over 50 exhibitors, 50 leading presenters and 2,000 expected visitors. Four stages will host keynote presentations, panel discussions, knowledge sessions, live debates, round table sessions, exhibitions and interactive demonstrations to offer legal practice management a leading edge in today’s modern marketplace. With a one-day event of this scale, […]
August 17, 2015

What does the NatWest 2015 Financial Benchmarking report reveal about which law firms will remain sustainable?

NatWest recently published its annual 2015 Financial Benchmarking Report for law firms, which details what NatWest observes as “a remarkable improvement in the health of the legal market.” I’ve just returned from a holiday, during which I finally had time to sit down, read and digest the report – and it has some interesting recommendations for law firms on how to make the most of the upturn and remain sustainable. […]