Ursula Rice

Ursula Rice is a solicitor and solicitor'advocate, practising in the field of family law. She is the owner and manager of Family First Solicitors Limited, a start- up firm specialising in family work. She was an early adopter of unbundled services, successfully marketing this innovative method of retaining and developing business since 2011. She has written and lectured on the business of family law for Resolution, SJ Live, the Law Society Gazette and various other publications and local radio. Ursula lectures for the University of West of England on the Legal Practice Course and takes a particular interest in the mentoring and development of young lawyers. Ursula is the press officer for the Oxfordshire regional branch of Resolution and the founder of the Family Duty Clinic, an Oxford Court based Law Works Pro Bono clinic and winner of the inaugural national Pro Bono Centre award 2013. Ursula contributed to Practice Notes in LexisPSL Family on the business of family law.
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Developing an advocacy practice
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers the business case for offering advocacy services, the charges for doing so, and the development of advocacy skills. It also considers combining advocacy with unbundled or pay as you go services and how to charge for advocacy services.

Funding—charging for family law services
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers the charging and funding of family law services including contractual terms, regulatory requirements including the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) 2019 regulatory regime and other guidance from the Law Society and the Legal Ombudsman, and ways of charging such as fixed fees, hourly rates, blended rates and ‘unbundling’.

Managing difficult clients—family law
Practice Note

This Practice Note highlights issues that may arise with difficult clients in family law cases and the techniques that may be adopted to manage such clients together with related professional rules and potential capacity issues.

Networking and business development for family lawyers
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out the objective of networking, different types of networking, measuring results and how to ensure your networking is effective. It also considers follow up steps to be taken after an event and how to use social media, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, effectively.

Small steps to better margins
Practice Note

This Practice Note suggests ways in which the profitability of a family law practice can be improved by considering charging rates, outgoings, cash flow, sales and leads, technology and outsourcing.

Time management for family lawyers
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out some key aspects to successfully understand personal productivity as well as some tried and tested time management techniques that can be used by family lawyers.

Unbundled services or Pay As You Go
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out some of the advantages and disadvantages of offering unbundled, or Pay As You Go, services. It includes details of Law Society guidance and template letters and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019 which set out the SRA Accounts Rules 2019. It also details services that may be appropriate for unbundled services, and those that may not, and considers issues of risk management, advocacy and the Bar direct access scheme.

Working with counsel
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out best practice and guidance when instructing counsel in family proceedings, including regulatory provisions, contractual terms, professional standards, fees and preparing the brief or instructions to counsel.

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