Why Solicitors Must Track Their Key Performance Indicators.

After ‘outing’ my daughter last week for failing to press her air conditioning button in her car for four years, it’s my turn to admit to a mistake, twice!

Since working from home with Covid I decided that I needed to improve my home office so that it was fit for purpose.

I enjoy the position looking out over the front of the house and seeing the world go about its business, but I have a problem that when it is sunny, the brightness streams into the room and, as well as becoming very hot, it makes it nigh on impossible to see my laptop screen.Why Solicitors Must Track Their Key Performance Indicators.

The window being a non-custom size (when is anything ever a standard size?) I decided to order some made to measure wooden blinds.

I measured the width, measured it again and then placed my order. 157cm wide.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but as I write this article now and look through the window in question, I KNOW that it is bigger than 157cm without even needing a measuring tape.

I was pleased when the blinds arrived a week last Friday as it meant that I would be able to fit them on the Saturday.

On the Saturday morning I unpacked them excitedly, brought them upstairs, held them against the window and then shook my head in disbelief. They didn’t cover even the glass let alone the frames.

There was some faint hope that it would be the manufacturer’s fault, but I knew it was mine really.

I checked the measurements and they had delivered precisely what I ordered. Doh!

I measured the windows again and realised it was 167cm that I needed.

Just before placing the order I asked Emma to come and double check with me.

“Please can you make sure that I get it right this time?”

177cm was the correct measurement.

Wow Nicholas, good work!

I often ask solicitors for their numbers when I have a More Clients Now call with them.

They might say to me that they want to increase turnover by another £10,000 a month or £50,000 a month – I can create a plan for either level.

First, I ask them for their current numbers:

  1. How many enquiries do you currently have each month for your services?
  2. How many of those enquiries become clients?
  3. From these numbers, what is your conversion percentage?
  4. What is your average bill for each client?
  5. What is your monthly billing?

They may have a guess at them, but, just like my first and second measurements, they are usually way out. Most of the time the only number they do know is the billing one. The trouble with that one is that it is the least important number as it occurs at the end of a matter when you cannot influence it.

I need to know these numbers because then I can improve every aspect of them, even the billing one.

Once you improve every aspect of your marketing you can charge more because not only are you seen as an expert but you have many more enquiries coming in than you can handle.

When I work with solicitors and they start to measure their numbers, they are often surprised by them and then become excited when I show them how I expect those numbers to improve with just a little bit of work.

I always say about business “What gets measured gets better.”

It might not apply to windows, but it definitely applies to law firms and their profits.

Are you measuring your numbers month on month?

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A straightforward approach with a genuine expertise, providing you with a proven plan of exactly what you need to do to grow your firm.

I first stumbled across Nick when searching on Amazon for help growing a firm in the legal sector.

Straight away I was struck by his no-nonsense approach, so after checking out a preview of his book, I bought it on Kindle and started devouring it straight away.

What was immediately apparent was that Nick really does know what he’s talking about, which was hugely refreshing in an industry with plenty of bluffers and chancers.

I found the fact that Nick has actually been there and done it in the legal world very compelling indeed, and after finishing the book, I knew there was plenty he still had to teach me.

I booked a free call, which contained plenty of value, but what became clear is that if I was really going to get Nick’s personalised help to grow my firm, I needed to do it properly, so after speaking to a couple of Nick’s clients to reassure myself I was making the right decision, I took the plunge, and booked the Steady Stream of New Clients meeting.

And I’m so glad I did.

From the moment my wife Rachael and I arrived, Nick put us at complete ease and we quickly built up a strong rapport, and thanks to the pre-meeting preparation put in by all parties, we were able to wring a huge amount of value out of it, because most of the fact-finding had already been completed before the meeting began.

Consequently, the meeting was chockfull of useful, actionable information, and most importantly, that information was grounded on what actually works in the real world – no theory in sight.

When we left Bristol, we were hugely energised and excited; but more than that, we also had clarity, and three days later, things were even clearer, thanks to the report Nick prepared for us detailing exactly what marketing we needed to be doing AND how to make sure that that marketing was actually implemented.

Having used a consultant in the past, my biggest fear was that there’d be a lot of talking around the issues, and a whole lot more questions than answers, but that simply isn’t how Nick works.

Instead, he calls a spade a spade, and fuses that straightforward approach with a genuine expertise, providing you with a proven plan of exactly what you need to do to grow your firm.

If you’re considering booking one of Nick’s Steady Stream of New Clients meetings, I would say, unhesitatingly, that you need to go for it”

Bill Ward, Ward Trademarks

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