Thinking Of Starting Your Own Law Firm?

I shared a bacon roll with a commercial solicitor at 8am this morning. 

I have a lot of time for him, not only because he is a nice person, but because he has made big decisions in his life to ensure that he has a life that he is very happy with.

I first heard met him when he spoke at a local business seminar in Bristol, when I had to go and congratulate him on giving such an engaging and interesting talk (bear in mind I nodded off in most seminars when I was a practising solicitor so this was no mean feat).

He explained that he was an engineer for many years, but wasn’t happy in that career choice, so he studied to become a commercial solicitor. It was in that role for a big Bristol firm that I heard him speaking.

However, a number of years later, he was not happy in that position, so he bravely took the plunge to set up on his own (I had been quietly encouraging/nagging him to do so as had many other people who knew him).

He is doing very well, so I am very glad to see that. I am so pleased that he had the courage to commit to changing his position when he was not happy.

Why am I sharing this with you today? Well, I meet so many solicitors who settle for OK in their lives and I find this incredibly sad. 

Many want to start their own law firm, and never quite feel ready to take the plunge. 

Many have started their law firm but are not as busy as they need to be, yet don’t feel ready or able to change this, when I or any number of others are only a telephone call away to help them.

Many should never have entered the law in the first place (that could apply to me…) but are too scared to leave.

If any of these statements apply to you, I hope this quote from Goethe helps (it is one of my pesonal favourites):

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." 

If you are putting off something that you know you should be doing, why not start the process today? Why not begin it now?

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Case Study

“We’re busier and more profitable than ever before, but we’re also having more fun too.”

I came across Nick and Samson Consulting back when I was employed and looking for help to grow my caseload.

Unsurprisingly I found him on Google (he definitely has a knack for that platform!), while looking for a legal marketing expert, and ended up joining his Marketing4Solicitors group, learning from afar for several years.

His advice was smart, sound and – most importantly – it worked.

And that’s why when I came to start my own firm up three years ago, I pretty quickly ended up giving Nick a call and started working with him.

I had used another company to help me with some online marketing before that, and to be honest – it was an absolute disaster, costing huge amounts of money and not really delivering any tangible results.

I hoped that wouldn’t be the case with Nick, and I was right.

I brought him right into the business, getting him involved top to bottom, and I can honestly say that it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

His guidance quickly starting paying dividends, as he coached and mentored me on how to generate more interest and achieve more client instructions, as well as generally how to structure the firm in a way that was the most profitable and productive.

Three years in, and I’m over the moon with the impact that Nick has had on my business.

We’ve got a clear focus and a direction, we know why we do what we do, and most of importantly at all, we’re more successful.

We’re busier and more profitable than ever before, but we’re also having more fun too.

That’s one of the best things about working with Nick – the fact that the advice and guidance he gives is so holistic.

It’s not just about making money, although he has had a huge impact on that for us, but it’s also about helping me to enjoy my life, and growing my firm in a way that means that I have more money in the bank, but more time to enjoy life with my family too.

I guess that’s what makes him so different to others out there – he really does have my best interests at heart and I trust him implicitly.

It’s hard for me to convey just how good Nick is at what he does – before I started working with him, I thought I was pretty good with PR and marketing, but the truth is that in comparison to Nick, I really don’t know anything.

Nick really is a very, very smart guy, and when it comes to running a profitable legal firm, I think there are very few people who could touch him.

And that’s why I’m glad he’s on my team, and that isn’t just hyperbole – he really is a part of my team: any significant business decision I make is run by him first, because I know he’ll give me useful, tangible and practical advice that’ll result in the best outcome for me and the people I care about.

Before working with Nick, I felt like I was on my own, and the future of the firm was on my shoulders; to be honest it was quite a weight.

But now, I’m relaxed about the future, because I know that I’ve got Nick in my corner, one of the smartest marketing minds I’ve ever come across, and a truly honest good guy to boot.