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Peer support resources for solos and small firms

By James Careless August 6, 2015 6 August 2015

Peer support resources for solos and small firms

Compared to their larger legal counterparts, solo practitioners and small law firms don’t have the time or money to invest in analysing and improving their business practices. Fortunately, there are many peer-based support options that can them up their games in affordable, efficient ways.

Tap Into associations

Whether it be a local CBA branch or a group of lawyers focused on a specific area of legal practice, associations can be great peer resources. After all, their members are lawyers too; they have an intimate knowledge of the struggles of legal life. 

A case in point: As a solo who specializes in immigration, Toronto lawyer Vince Wong relies on the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the CBA’s National Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, and the Toronto Lawyers Association for peer support. “I tap into these associations for the additional formal training I need, and to keep myself on top of changes to the law and new legal precedents,” said Wong. “These are my peers; people who are doing the same work as I am, and who understand what I am dealing with.”

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Going solo – do you have what it takes?

By James Careless July 16, 2015 16 July 2015

Going solo – do you have what it takes?

A solo legal practice is not for everyone. There’s no regular paycheque, and you’re in charge of everything from conducting cases to finding clients to making sure the bills are paid – and collected.

On the other hand, solo practitioners can create their own careers. They don’t have to seek employment because they are their own employers. Within reason, solo practitioners can also set their own hours and work from home if they so choose.

So what does it take to be a solo practitioner? Here are some must-haves:

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