There is a general consensus among law firm leaders that the nature of the legal market is changing at an unprecedented pace. For the most part, these are changes that have been imposed upon them from without – from more demanding clients and more competitive newcomers who are challenging the rules of legal service delivery to an oversupply of attorneys entering an already-saturated market.
In addition, clients want more value at reduced cost and are calling for fixed rate fees, and there is also the continuing impact of technological developments on business. Yet despite the shifting landscape, many law firms are proceeding without an apparent sense of urgency.
Practice Management for Attorneys 2015, presented by the Law Society of South Africa, will be held on 19 & 20 August 2015 at Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, and is the only event of its kind designed for legal professionals involved in the running of small to medium-sized legal practices. Aimed exclusively at practising attorneys, this two-day event will provide delegates with a comprehensive look at all aspects of running a practice – from a legal, marketing, operational, management and financial perspective – and what it takes to remain successful in today’s rapidly changing legal market.
The conference topics are diverse and include sessions on: the legal practice of the future, strategies to grow your practice, succession planning, marketing and client relationship management strategies, financial and trust account management, pricing, billing and debt collection methods, leadership and strategic change management and the latest technology trends impacting legal firms.
Key speakers include international practice management expert from Australia, Sean Larkan from Edge International, Piet Faber, CEO at ENSafrica, Lizette Snelgar, HR Director at Webber Wentzel, Baitseng Rangata, CEO at Maponya Inc., Derrick Kaufmann, Director at Kampel Kaufmann Attorneys, David Swartz, Director at Phillip Silver and Associates, Michael Judin, Senior Partner at Judin Combrinck Inc., Robert Klinkenberg, Owner at Klinkenberg Inc. and many more.