A Brave New World for Lawyers

I attended a very interesting presentation given by Sir Nigel Knowles last week, at the Yorkshire Post Business Club. The gist of the talk was focused on the need for lawyers to adapt to a brave new world if they want to succeed.

There is no doubt that the legal profession is experiencing a period of significant change. As with many businesses, the impact of the recession, new technology and the general pace of life have to be addressed. In the legal sector too, there are new entrants to the market, trading as Alternative Business Structures (ABS) through new legislation brought in under the Legal Services Act.

At first glance, all this might sound rather daunting and frightening. But actually, I feel quite the opposite. There are opportunities to be had, technology to embrace and ideas to develop.

As a practice, Emsleys has always been keen to be different to many law firms. We like to be innovative. We launched an estate agency 10 years ago, long before the concept of ABS came about.

We reward our loyal clients with the Emsleys Rewards card scheme, offering benefits to them with local business partners.

More recently, we have launched Review My Claim, a free independent service, this year, to help accident victims get the compensation they're entitled to.

I echo the views of Sir Nigel when he said the opportunities for us, for those people who are fleet of foot, are as good now as they have ever been. I think he is right.

Read the Yorkshire Post article on the event or take a look at the video of Sir Nigel's speech: Sir Nigel was speaking to an audience of top lawyers at the Yorkshire Post Business Club, a forum for debate and discussion for the region business leaders.

Alistair McKinlay

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Alistair McKinlay

Director & Head of Conveyancing

Alistair is a Director and Head of Conveyancing with over 20 years’ experience. He deals with a wide range of property matters, including residential sales and purchases, estate development work and commercial property transactions, acting for clients locally and nationally. Alistair has been instrumental in the...

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