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Legal Billing Rule #14: Rolling Out Changes and Letting Your Clients Know

Monday, 04 May 2015 14:10

communicating billing changes to clientsLet your clients know in-person when you are making a change to your billing practices.

 

Finally! A BigLaw Leader Understands the Importance of Social Media

Monday, 04 May 2015 14:39

The-importance-of-social-media-in-law-firms
In our research to date we have not yet seen or heard the CEO or managing partner of a major firm who really gets social media marketing. Someone willing to get out in front of the issue by publicly acknowledging how it plays a vital role in a lawyer’s and firm’s business development and relationship building efforts. That is up until now! Yesterday we were delighted when Bloomberg’s new website and newsletter Big Law Business, published a video interview with Carter Phillips, the Chair of Sidley Austin’s Executive Committee in which he talks about the marketing efforts of his firm, and directly addresses the importance of social media.
Read more at Good2BSocial...

 

Man at the pub

Monday, 04 May 2015 15:21

humourA guy was sitting at the bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for a half hour.

 

Legal Billing Rule #13: Make Small Improvements Each Quarter

Monday, 27 April 2015 14:10

Make Small Improvements Each Quarter legal technologyDon’t try to introduce new changes to your office practices all at once. Instead, incorporate a couple every quarter, starting with the most important fixes.

 

Identity Theft - Don't become a victim

Monday, 27 April 2015 14:29

identity theftIdentity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes, not only in South Africa but worldwide. 1 370 cases had been reported to the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) as at the end of April 2014.

 

Father demonstrates how to be a master negotiator

Monday, 27 April 2015 18:56

jokesDad : I want you to marry a girl of my choice. The Son: No

 

Why every law firm should brand its emails

Monday, 20 April 2015 13:02

why law firms should use email brandingAre you a property law firm wanting to open up a new commercial law division? Do you perhaps want to highlight your expertise in family law to all your conveyancing clients? It’s always a great feeling expanding your service offerings and growing your business.

 

Has your computer been infected with a RAT (Remote Access Terminal)?

Monday, 20 April 2015 12:53

RAT computer hackedMany of us start up our computer and conduct all types of activities and business, including banking, without a second thought. Well, I have written this article so that perhaps you will give it a second thought.

 

My darling husband...

Monday, 20 April 2015 16:20

humourBefore you return from your trip, I want to let you know about a little accident I had with your Bakkie. 

 

Legal Billing Rule #11: Get a Bill Buddy

Monday, 13 April 2015 13:40

Law firm billing buddyWorking with someone else will keep you accountable and help get your invoicing done on-time and regularly.

 

Why Telkom is increasing line rental prices

Monday, 13 April 2015 14:00

Telkom line rental increaseTelkom has announced it’s home line rental prices will increase from R166 per month to R189 per month from 1 May 2015. This price increase follows an increase from R157 per month to R166.50 per month in 1 August 2014.
Read more at BusinessTech...

 

Cyber Crime Can Affect Your Business. Are You Protected?

Monday, 04 May 2015 14:23

protect your law firm from cyber crimeSurprisingly, computer criminals tend to have no prior record of crime. Computer criminals also tend to be responsible, honest people in a position of trust. In fact, many of the businesses that fall victim to a computer crime, find out that it was one of their employees that was the perpetrator of the act.

 

11 Ways to Avoid Wasted Time in Networking

Monday, 04 May 2015 15:08

tips on business networking for lawyers
Chances are you’ve attended a conference or other event with the express purpose of “networking.” The activity is a staple in the business development toolbox. It’s also an expensive activity—mostly spent on third-party events—in both time and direct costs. So, is it worth it? It depends. First, the word itself has been so overused that it may have lost its meaning to us.
Read more at Bloomberg...

 

What do lawyers want to know about marketing the law firm?

Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

survey about marketing for law firmsNew business does not walk in the door anymore – gone are the days you sit behind your large desk and clients queue up outside waiting to give you business. What can you do to bring clients, new and old back to your law firm?

 

Thinking Long Term in the Legal Industry

Monday, 27 April 2015 15:58

long term thinking for law firmsAt one time, the legal industry was about long-term relationships. A law firm would help form a company. The close relationship between the lawyer and the company meant that the company consulted the lawyer on big decisions. Often, the lawyer became a member of the company’s board of directors. As the years rolled forward, a lawyer from the firm might take the general counsel position in the company and manage the day-to-day relationship between the company and the firm performing the services. The general counsel position would be handed down to the next former partner and so on, almost as an inheritance. The relationships between law firms and companies lasted for decades. In some instances, these relationships (absent lawyers sitting on the company’s board and automatically going from the law firm to general counsel role) still exist.
Read more at Seytlines...

 

The Most Effective Forms of Marketing For Law Firms

Monday, 27 April 2015 14:52

marketing law firmsWhat are the most effective forms of legal marketing? We are currently at the tipping point of using technology to market law firms. Law firms are just beginning to use blogs and many are beginning to understand how to use web sites effectively for marketing. The key indicator is that firms are starting to list industries that they serve on their websites. In other words, instead of creating a website all about their credentials, they are focusing on their visitors. It is a classic marketing technique to focus on customers, and not what you are selling.
Read more at Law School Dems...

 

Legal Billing Rule #12: Standardise the Tools

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:57

easy to use billing softwareEmploy easy-to-use and reliable tools to make billing easier, eliminate errors, and keep the office staff on the same page.

 

Using the ASUS FE170 Fonepad for 3 months

Monday, 20 April 2015 16:05

ASUS FE170 frontI always thought that iPads should've had telephony built into the device - but I now realise that Mr Jobs and his helpers knew something I would only discover after using this ASUS FE170 Phablet.

 

4 Productivity boosting Chrome apps for lawyers

Monday, 20 April 2015 13:19

4 good chrome web store apps for lawyersTo say that lawyers are busy is definitely an understatement. Between juggling the documents, clients and appointments, getting through the day greatly depends on one’s ability to complete important tasks on the go. But, as digitisation has found its role in our society, so have the ever-important productivity tools, which can help us do our business more efficiently.

 

Taking the Sweat Out of Procurement and B-BBEE Compliance

Monday, 13 April 2015 11:48

Lexis nexis south africaWith the changeover to the new B-BBEE codes for all certificates issued from 1 May 2015 LexisNexis South Africa, the leading provider of content and technology solutions for the legal and professional sectors, has added a B-BBEE compliance module to ProcureCheck - – its leading procurement vetting and management tool.

 

Man Falsely Accused of Child Porn Charges Cleared After Hiring Computer Forensics Expert

Monday, 13 April 2015 14:15

Man Falsely Accused of Child Porn Charges Cleared After Hiring Computer Forensics ExpertImagine this scenario: your employer gives you a ticking time bomb full of child porn and then you get fired and then you get prosecuted as some kind of freak. George Fitzmons spent seven months in San Bernardino County Jail, even though he was innocent of the charges against him. What were those charges? The charge was possession of child pornography; Mr. Fitzmons was facing life in state prison.

 

The Cloud Has Landed: 10 Legal Tech Innovations and What They Mean

Monday, 13 April 2015 13:27

10 Legal Tech Innovations and What They MeanNo matter your practice area or the number of attorneys in your organization, the 10 legal technology innovations outlined here affect you. No matter the size of your bank account, you can’t afford to ignore them. What have been the critical changes in recent years and what do they tell us about where the profession is headed?
Read more at Wisconsin Lawyer...

 
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