Managing a law firm involves a lot of responsibilities. Here are some ways that firms can manage them effectively while mitigating risk exposure.
Ensure Compliance With Regulations Pertaining to Professional Responsibility
An alleged ethics violation can be very costly, and it could expose a firm to considerable liability. Make sure that everyone at your practice is familiar with the rules of your jurisdiction about conduct, conflicts, advertising, and insurance.
Be Ready to Decline Representations
Being willing to say no to a representation is a vital part of law firm risk management. If you feel that you don’t have the resources to handle a particular case or you don’t think that you can advance a client’s interests successfully, you should give serious consideration to whether you should accept a representation.
Spend Time on Infrastructure
Continually putting out fires may make it impossible to build the infrastructure that can help prevent them. If you are constantly handling matters that have a lot of urgency, you will not have time to establish and enhance support that makes work easier for partners and associates. Set aside some time to work on things such as data management, billing processes, and onboarding support staff.
Law firms need to be proactive about risk. Smart managerial policies, as well as professional responsibility insurance, can safeguard firms against liability and loss.