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  • Royston cartoon
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    How to: use gender-neutral language

    17 June 2019

    By writing ‘Dear Sirs’, some lawyers feel they are holding out against political correctness. But the battle against gender-neutral language is surely a losing cause, reports Melanie Newman

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    How to leave work at the front door

    3 June 2019

    Switching off from the office will make you happier and more productive, but this is easier said than done. Katharine Freeland offers some top tips about how to strike a healthy work/life balance

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    How to: make the most of PR

    25 March 2019

    A public relations strategy need not just be for the very largest practices – in a crowded market, firms of all sizes are seeking ways to stand out. Eduardo Reyes reports

  • Bad news
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    How to: give a client bad news

    11 February 2019

    Solicitors are often the bearer of bad news to their clients, but there are ways to deliver this information without damaging your relationship. Katharine Freeland reports.  

  • Royston Part-time cartoon
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    How to: work part-time

    3 December 2018

    Part-time lawyers have long been seen as lacking commitment to their careers and to their clients. But that hackneyed view is changing, reports Marialuisa Taddia

  • Ls discipline
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    How to: Discipline a colleague

    22 October 2018

    Sanctioning a colleague for wrongdoing is fraught with hidden perils, especially if they are a partner. Melanie Newman asks the experts how to handle disciplinary matters

  • Ls lease
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    How to: lease an office

    3 September 2018

    Taking new accommodation is the biggest change management opportunity in the life of a law firm. Long-term planning is critical to getting it right.

  • Ls grievance
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    How to: File a Grievance

    6 August 2018

    Filing a complaint for discriminatory or unfair treatment by your employer is fraught with risks. Advice and planning can secure a positive outcome.

  • How to build a website
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    How to: create a better website

    16 July 2018

    The best law firm websites are not fancy. They are quick to load and easy to navigate.

  • Ls mentor
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    How to: identify a mentor

    16 April 2018

    Finding someone to offer sage advice and guide you through your career can be invaluable.

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    How to: Work with your PA

    19 March 2018

    The traditional role of legal PA is disappearing fast as more qualified and commercially minded people get involved in frontline work. Maria Shahid reports.

  • Online impact
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    How to: Measure online impact

    12 March 2018

    Most lawyers now accept the importance of online promotion, but how do they know if their efforts are effective?

  • AI cartoon
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    How to: Set free your robo-lawyer

    5 March 2018

    A new generation of tech startups will enable law firms of all sizes and in-house teams to reap the benefits of artificial intelligence.

  • Clare Murray
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    How to set up in Ireland

    22 January 2018

    Since Britain’s vote to leave the EU, lawyers and other professional services have Ireland in their sights.

  • How to do pr
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    How to: Make the most of PR

    16 October 2017

    Why are some firms always popping up in the media while others struggle to get coverage? And how should you handle a crisis?  

  • Closing how to
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    How to: Close a law firm

    9 October 2017

    Last year 367 firms shut up shop – what’s the best way to close? Eduardo Reyes reports

  • How to succession
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    How to: Prepare for the succession

    2017-07-24T00:02:00Z

    In smaller practices, succession planning is often left until retirement comes into view. That is a mistake.

  • Sabbatical
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    How to: Take a sabbatical

    12 June 2017

    A solicitor can return from a sabbatical refreshed and brimming with ideas. The experience can leave a lasting imprint on a law firm’s culture too.

  • Act for SMEs
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    Act for SMEs

    15 May 2017

    Law firms must be innovative with charging structures to exploit rising demand from 5.5 million SMEs.

  • Flexiblework
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    Make agile working work

    8 May 2017

    Professionals are demanding flexible working – and legal employers which have responded claim excellent results