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Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 CPD point (60 minutes)
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30 minutes of audio
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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at solicitors’ practices interested in the changes brought about by the Legal Services Act 2007. It aims to set out the financial opportunities brought about by the legislation and how external finance compares to other traditional sources of firm finance. It aims to set out the key factors an investor will be looking at when deciding where to put their money and what they might exact in return. Focus will also be given to potential external finance has to create discord within a legal practice and how that might be managed. What are the areas of practice likely to be attractive to an investor? What role do tax and generational issues have in the future of law firms and what can the legal sector learn from industries already opened up to external financing?


After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the potential opportunities external financing can bring to a legal practice;
  • Be aware of the potential risks of external financing;
  • Know what are likely to be the key performance indicators that will make a firm an attractive investment proposition;
  • Understand how the dynamic of a legal practice can change if external finance is brought in and how this can be managed;
  • Be aware of the likely changes a external source of finance might make to a legal practice;
  • Know which are the likely practice areas an external financier will be interested in.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
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This podcast with a professional regulation specialist and accountant discusses the possibility of law firms obtaining external finance following the liberalisation of the legal profession by the Legal Services Act 2007. It examines the risks and possible rewards, the consequences of outside ownership and what an investor will be looking for in terms of return on their money.

Podcast added: 30/11/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-05-28

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