In recognition that smaller practices have a distinct profile resulting in specific ways of doing business, we are offering the following resources to meet your specific business needs. Use the tabs above to find resources on Marketing, People, Operations and Finance.
Growth strategy support
The following resources can guide you through the steps to help you build a plan to grow your business.
2018 Market study
For key insights and strategic recommendations to assist you to grow your businesses and achieve greater success, read Crowe's market study, which was commissioned by the Law Society.
Market research to help you better understand clients and competitors and identify changes and trends in the sector is important to support decision-making in strategy and planning.
Useful external links
Local Enterprise Offices
Chamber of Commerce
Marketing is key to business growth - learn more in this section about presenting your business in a positive way, assistance with various marketing channels including with your own website, and leaflets on key legal topics you can brand for your clients.
Create a marketing plan
Use this marketing workbook in alignment with your growth strategy:
Getting your practice noticed
Website set up/templates
As a practising, paid-up member of the Law Society, you can download your own member logo for use in your office, online and on your stationery.
Benefits of Marketing in a Small Legal Practice
Knowing clients, aligning and reputation management – quick 5 minute summary.
How to Market a Small Legal Practice
Considering opportunities and establishing a niche – quick 5 minute guide.
Networking with colleagues and other professionals is key to growing your client base, increasing referrals, knowledge-sharing and problem-solving - learn more:
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See below for resources to help you find, manage and look after your staff. Click on the tabs above for assistance in running efficient, cybersecure operations as well as tools for reducing costs.
Law Society links
Managing your people for performance
Continual communication, monitoring and training is important to achieve and maintain improved levels of performance and development. A guide to performance management, choosing staff and other policies are available for your use in this section.
A range of work policies including parental leave, maternity and grievance are available for your use below:
Eliminate waste within your business processes and reduce errors by applying 'Lean Six Sigma' Principles:
We've provided helpful explainer leaflets and templates for you in the areas of critical dates, insurance and client instructions sheets.
The Law Society offers precedents for your use that cover a range of legal areas including conveyancing, family law and employment law:
It's very important to any business today to stay alert to the dangers of cyber crime - the Society's dedicated section on cyber security publishes guidance and regular alerts to help keep your business safe:
Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
This section provides information to assist in interpreting your statutory anti-money laundering (AML) obligations.
Know what you need to do if a complaint is made against you:
Law Society Library
Structures and policies
- Health and Safety policy
- Risk assessments
- Covid-19 Supports
- Covid Risk Assessment Policy
- COVID-19 Information for Employers and Employees
- Return to Work/Reopening policy
- Sample Covid-19 Contact Log
- Government supports for COVID-19 impacted businesses
- Business Continuity Planning: Checklist of preparatory actions in responding to COVID-19
Shared office space
Have you thought about how co-working might work for your practice? Learn more about this collaborative and cost-efficient option:
The ready reckoner (updated in 2019) is a useful budgeting tool to help you manage your expenses:
Help with completing the Reporting Accountant's Reports and related 2014 regulations is available at the link below:
Law Society resources
Bank of Ireland
CCABI / IBF
Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)
Local Enterprise Offices