Despite signs of recovery, the UK economy continues to be fragile, and the knock-on effects of this on the legal industry are likely to be felt for a long time. Combine this with the recent changes to legal aid and it’s easy to see that the year ahead will be a tough one for many legal firms. At times such as these it might seem wise to put any extra expenditure on hold and cut back on training programs. But could an equally strong argument be made to boost your legal training budget to get ahead in these harsh times?

Getting the best out of your team

Your legal firm will only ever be as good as the people it’s made up of. To ensure that you’re operating at the peak of your capabilities you need to help your staff grow and excel. Additional legal training is your key to unlocking their fullest potential.
Aside from sharpening and honing the skills of each individual member of your team, training also has additional benefits. For one thing it can boost the morale of your staff, as they will feel that the organisation is willing to invest in their development and that they are valued members of the team. In-house legal training can also enhance the existing team dynamic by bringing your staff together in situations outside of the usual daily routine.

A robust training program is a worthwhile investment, especially in tough times. By constantly developing the skills within your organisation you can increase success rates, and in doing so build an enviable reputation that will undoubtedly give you one up over the competition. Additional legal training can also help eliminate costly mistakes, which are of course counter-productive for forging a healthy reputation.

Adapting to changes in the legal industry

2013 is also a big year of change for many in the legal sector. Many of these changes have come about as a result of the changes to legal aid which were put into place from April 1st. These changes have affected who is entitled to legal aid and have had significant impact on personal injury claims. Under the new Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act only injuries that are a result of pregnancy, birth or that occur during the first two months of life are eligible for legal aid.
Furthermore, the concept of no win no fee has changed, so that the success fee is claimed from the compensation awarded rather from the defending party.

With all these changes taking place, it may be wise to undertake additional personal injury training so that you can be sure that all of your staff are currently on the same page. As well as updating their knowledge with regard to the recent changes, extra training will also help them get to grips with the latest best practice methods.
Train to win

With all of these benefits it’s understandable that rather than cutting back on their training budgets, many law firms are now actually increasing training in order to stay competitive. At MASS training we offer comprehensive training packages to suit –contact us today for more information

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