We routinely encourage lawyers to focus on what they do best - practicing law - and to engage experts with the skills and experience to address other aspects of their practice. For example, hiring a bookkeeper rather than attempting to do bookkeeping themselves.
Until now, the model that the Law Society has used for practice assessments was to send two lawyers – a staff lawyer and someone recruited from the bar - to spend a full-day with a lawyer referred to us from the disciplinary stream or by other means.
In addition to talking about the lawyer’s files, clients and practice area, these assessment teams also address non-legal issues like the lawyer’s computer network and security, human resources, marketing and financial planning.
We are enhancing our approach to practice assessments to focus our lawyer-assessors on legal issues while adding subject-matter experts (SMEs) to assist with other practice-related issues.