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Practice Management Handbook


Practice management

In stock

25 June 2009

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
276 pages

Practice Management Handbook
2nd edition

Editor: Peter Scott


This is the print version of Practice Management Handbook, 2nd Edition. The eBook version (PDF) of Practice Management Handbook, 2nd Edition is also available.

Planning and implementing an effective practice management strategy is a key factor in establishing a law firm's long-term prospects.

This fully updated edition continues to offer invaluable practical advice on how to develop and implement strategic plans for every aspect of a firm. It takes a new approach to each chapter, providing coverage of cutting edge issues and helping firms to plan for today and tomorrow. These issues include:

  • determining the structure of the business in light of the Legal Services Act 2007
  • developing appropriate policies on discrimination
  • managing through an economic downturn.

In addition, the authors address the more complex and problematic areas of business management such as developing strategy and budgeting and measuring and rewarding staff performance. Managers will find a wealth of guidance on matters such as:

  • structuring the business
  • recruiting and retaining staff
  • creating and developing effective client relationships
  • e-business
  • marketing your practice
  • IT management.

The Practice Management Handbook is the ideal guide for firms seeking to improve their competitive advantage in the new legal marketplace.


"Each subject area is covered by an author specialising in the topic and who provides authoritative guidance in a comprehensive, yet easily understandable manner. Helpfully punctuated with 'action points' tables, and precedents, the book will be a valuable ally in the competition for work in the new legal marketplace."

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"If you're looking for the ideal guide to helping you improve your firm's competitive advantage in the new legal marketplace, this is it...the Law Society give the best advice possible here for a well balanced practice which all solicitors will find invaluable."

Phillip Taylor, barrister, Richmond Green Chambers


1. Challenge your thinking - Peter Scott (Peter Scott Consulting);
2. Structuring of law firms after the Legal Services Act 2007 - Peter Watson (Simpson Millar LLP);
3. Financial management in law firms - Mark Feeney (Independent Consultant);
4. Managing people in a law firm - Phil Gott (Peopleism);
5. Effective marketing principles in today's market - Gavin Ingham Brooke (Spada);
6. Gaining strategic and financial benefits from client relationship management - Robin Dicks (The Thriving Company Ltd);
7. E-business - Nick Williams (Eversheds);
8. Knowledge management - Heather Robinson (Bevan Brittan);
9. IT management: getting the real business benefit - Andrew Simmans (Simmans Consulting);
10. Discrimination issues for law firms - Jill Andrew (Dawsons LLP).

About the Editor

A former managing partner of Eversheds' London and European offices, Peter Scott now runs his own professional consulting practice, Peter Scott Consulting.