The X Appeal

As I walked through the happiest place in the UK and observed all the wannabees queueing up to sing in a tent it made me think about what makes a solicitor or costs lawyer stand out from the crowd.

 In a solicitor’s case, it maybe the ability to make sense of the most complicated case and win. The ability to build a relationship with clients. I was interested to read that firms are not automatically recruiting trainees with the highest grades, but are looking at graduates with business acumen and other qualities such as marketing, client care and those able to generate new business for instance.

So what makes us stand out from the crowd? Traditionally, costs draftsmen only became involved at the end of the case to draft the bill of costs and negotiate settlement.  However, we prefer to start off earlier than that. By drafting the retainer, being involved in file management and in-house training we go further to maximising your firm’s profitability. By identifying alternative business opportunities and working in conjunction with business consultants, we help your business grow – not just survive. By highlighting changes in law as soon as they come out, we help your firm react and where necessary adjust to the new opportunities that we can create.

In the current climate, doing what you did last year, does not keep you ahead of the game. Give us a call and see what difference we can make. Call 01228 63 55 45 now.



Coaches & managers are in the news at the moment, particularly with regards to England Football and England Rugby. For what its worth, my view is that England Rugby set up has it right with appointing an overall head coach, with a Defence coach, forwards coach, attack coach – experts in the relevant field. Looking at the football side, why not have a central figurehead, with coaches such as Southgate and Pearce, not just training England as and when required, but then going to clubs up and down the country preaching the England way – how England want to do things, getting the message right and inspiring players to develop.  I adopt the experts method when coaching my under 11s rugby team, with a fitness coach, forwards coach and backs coach and someone overlooking to ensure that all players develop equally and to the best of their ability.

It is clear that having the right support, expertise and coaching is vital in business as well as on the sports field.  In order to survive over the next few years, law firms need to surround themselves with the correct support team. The most important is someone concentrating solely on funding, profitability and costs. It still surprises me how many solicitors only think about the client’s interests. This is admirable, but you cannot support/protect your client with nothing in the bank. However, not all firms can employ someone full time to do this, so why don’t you outsource to the experts?

We have 10 years experience in doing exactly what all firms need to concentrate on – money. Let us ensure that you can protect your clients knowing that your cashflow is secure, that someone is protecting your interests, that your retainers, funding arrangements, costs recovery and reputation are preserved, protected and underwritten by the best provider – Carlisle Legal Costing.