The Federation Press

The Seven Elements of Successful Country Law Firms

Overview

How and why do some country law firms not only survive but prosper while others flounder and fail?

Caroline Hart provides insights for creating a successful country law firm through her interviews with over 40 practice owners who generously share their experiences – good and bad. The remarkable lessons they provide are distilled into seven elements of success.

The book is comprised of chapters covering critical areas such as governance, leadership, information technology, human resources and succession planning. Each chapter concludes with a Masterclass or Lessons Learnt section which gives readers a framed summary that will help them navigate the challenges and opportunities facing their own practice.

Practical and engaging, this book provides a valuable insight into the real lives of owners of country law firms. It reveals what it takes to ensure profitable practices, maintain productive client relationships, retain highly motivated staff, and ultimately ensure the longevity and success of a country law firm.

Table of Contents

Foreword by The Hon Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
Preface
Acknowledgments

About the Author

PART 1 - INTRODUCTION
1.   Why Country Legal Practice is Different
2.   The Power of the Owner

PART 2 - THE OWNER IN ACTION
3.   Create the Law Firm
4.   Lead and Manage Strategically
5.   Populate the Law Firm
6.   Connect Through Technology
7.   Build Reputation
8.   Drive Profitability

PART 3 - THE OWNER EXITS
9.   Capitalise on Success
10. The Seven Elements and the Future

Appendix
Sources
Index

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