The Bellwether Report 2019—what you might have missed

The Bellwether Report 2019—what you might have missed

This year our Bellwether Reports broke down some of the top issues currently being experienced by small law firms, which, by in large resonate throughout the whole profession. From skills that may be lacking in the profession and the challenges of tackling workplace stress, to the benefits of small firms and the impacts of Brexit, the Bellwether reports break open the fears and trends resonating in the market today.

In case you missed them, we’ve outlined the key messages from each report:

The Good Solicitor’s Skill Set - Is there a disconnect between assumptions and reality?

Are the human, legal, and business skills solicitors recognised as the most important ones, in fact, the most lacking in the profession?

The report found that the skills needed to help practitioners stand out may not be as difficult to obtain than you might think—with 9 out of 10 solicitors believe you must have both good business and human skills, as well as the legal acumen. However, our report questions whether there is a lack of emphasis on those vital business and human skills, due to a “tendency to cling to the status quo, even when beneficial changes, with clearly articulated parameters of success, are identified”.

4 of the top 10 key skills for lawyers today include:

  • entrepreneurial skills
  • a good understanding of commerce
  • a service industry mentality and,
  • generating business

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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.