Legal Support Services & Advice for Law Firms

JMW’s dedicated legal services for law firms and solicitors address legal professionals' distinct challenges and requirements. We recognise that the legal industry is characterised by unique pressures and opportunities, from regulatory compliance to strategic growth planning, and we are committed to delivering impactful solutions.

Our legal services for law firms and solicitors are led by Charles Metherell, a partner at JMW, who brings a wealth of experience in regulatory and advisory work for solicitors to the role. He specialises in transforming law firms by offering strategic, practical and operational support.

To speak to us about any legal matters you’re experiencing, contact JMW today by calling 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back.

Our Services

We offer services tailored to the specific needs of law firms and solicitors to ensure you receive the support you need to thrive in today’s competitive legal landscape.

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

In the legal sector, M&A can be a strategic pathway to growth, expansion and enhanced market presence. We advise on M&A strategies, including bolt-ons and all related practical issues, to empower seamless transitions and strategic growth.

Our expertise covers the full spectrum of the M&A process, from initial due diligence and valuation to negotiation, documentation and finalisation of the deal. We also offer guidance on regulatory compliance and obtaining the necessary approvals to ensure that all legal and ethical standards are adhered to throughout the process.

Succession Planning

We assist in developing clear, strategic succession plans designed to safeguard the future of your firm and ensure a smooth leadership transition. We begin by investigating the unique dynamics of your firm, including its culture, leadership structure and long-term goals.

This understanding allows us to develop a succession plan that is not only aligned with your firm’s vision but also addresses the practical aspects of leadership transition.

HR/Employment Advice

Our comprehensive HR and employment advice covers many issues, from dismissals to partnership concerns, in light of legal compliance and best practices. We guide firms in drafting and reviewing employment contracts, developing robust HR policies and managing complex employee relations such as grievances and performance management.

We also offer strategic advice on handling sensitive matters like dismissals, redundancies and employment disputes to equip law firms with the tools and knowledge necessary for effective HR management.

Management Structures

JMW provides advice on establishing effective management and governance structures, which are essential for efficient operation and decision-making. We assist in the design and implementation of management frameworks that align with the firm’s vision and market position, including the creation of an alternative business structure (ABS). This includes advising on clear leadership roles, decision-making processes, and reporting structures that enhance operational efficiency and accountability.

We also address the challenges of change management by guiding law firms through transitions in their management structures with minimal disruption to their daily operations and client services.

Head of Department (HOD) and Fee Earner Training

We provide strategic and operational training, including partner mentoring, to enhance your team’s skills and capabilities. Our training focuses on developing strategic, operational and leadership skills to help department heads and fee earners drive the firm’s success.

Our approach includes theoretical knowledge and practical applications, ensuring that HODs and fee earners are well-equipped to handle their roles.

Facilitating Partner Meetings and Away Days

Our team organises and facilitates strategic partner meetings and retreats for firm planning and cohesion. The service includes setting clear objectives and structuring agendas to maximise engagement and output and ensure focused discussions and effective decision-making. We also offer guidance on incorporating team-building activities and workshops that enhance partnership relations and align everyone with the firm’s vision.

This approach ensures that partner meetings and away days are more than just routine gatherings; they become moments for strategic unity, strengthening internal relationships and driving the firm’s future direction.

Restructuring and Turnaround

We offer expert advice on restructuring and managing distress and insolvency, helping your firm navigate challenging times and emerge stronger.

The process begins with an analysis of your firm’s current financial and operational health. We assess key areas such as cash flow, client base, internal processes, and market position to identify the root causes of any challenges. Based on this analysis, we develop a restructuring plan that addresses these core issues while aligning with your firm’s long-term strategic goals.

Rebanking, Funding and Private Equity

Our services include advice on financial restructuring, rebanking and exploring private equity options to support your firm’s growth. This includes negotiating terms, managing the transition process and ensuring minimal disruption to your firm’s financial operations.

We offer advice on structuring agreements to support your firm’s growth while minimising financial risks, and guidance on the implications of private equity partnerships, including issues related to firm governance, operational autonomy and long-term strategic impacts.

Risk Advice

We offer retained risk management services, to help your firm navigate and mitigate risks. Our process begins with a risk assessment to identify legal, financial, operational, and reputational risks that could impact your firm. This assessment forms the basis of a risk management strategy that aligns with your firm’s specific needs and objectives.

Our team also advises on implementing effective risk management policies and procedures, focusing on areas such as regulatory compliance, client intake processes, data protection, and cybersecurity.

Regulatory and Ethical Advice

We provide in-depth guidance on handling the complex regulatory and ethical matters faced by those in the legal profession, to help you and your firm stay compliant and ahead of legal trends. Our expertise covers a wide range of regulatory bodies and frameworks, with a particular focus on the SRA rules and guidelines.

Our service extends to advising on the implementation of effective compliance systems within your firm. This includes developing policies and procedures that not only meet regulatory standards but also integrate seamlessly into your firm’s day-to-day operations.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Advice

We provide expert guidance on PII to protect your firm against potential risks. We begin by assessing your firm’s specific risk profile, considering factors like the areas of law you practise, your client base, and your firm’s size and structure, to help you identify the best options available.

Our service includes guidance on PII claims handling so that, in the event of a claim, your firm will be prepared to manage it effectively with minimal impact on your operations and reputation.

SRA Investigations

Our team assists with Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations and can provide the support you need to address regulatory concerns. JMW understands the significant impact these investigations can have on your professional reputation and practice, and our service is designed to navigate these procedures with precision and care.

When an SRA investigation arises, our first step is to understand the nature and scope of the inquiry. We work closely with you to gather all relevant information and documents, ensuring a comprehensive and organised response to the SRA’s requests. Our approach is proactive and aims to address the SRA’s concerns effectively and efficiently.

We also have considerable experience in interventions and appearances at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. We can also take on solicitor manager appointments depending on the circumstances.

Advice on Marketing

Our legal advice on marketing yourself or your law firm will help you develop effective marketing strategies that resonate with your target audience and enhance your firm’s visibility.

We also advise on compliance with advertising and marketing regulations specific to the legal industry, to ensure that your marketing efforts are effective, ethically sound and legally compliant.

Disposal of Practice Areas

JMW provides strategic guidance on the disposal of specific practice areas in ways that align with your firm’s long-term goals. Our service evaluates the business rationale behind the disposal to help you maintain alignment with the firm’s broader strategic objectives.

We guide firms through the legal and regulatory challenges involved in the process to ensure compliance and minimise risk. Our approach also includes advising on negotiations and transactions, handling client transitions and communications, and addressing employee-related implications.

Closure of Law Firms

JMW guides firms through the closure process, ensuring compliance and mitigating risks. Our approach includes strategic planning for closure, advising on compliance with regulatory obligations, managing client communication and file transfers, and handling financial and asset matters. 

We also provide HR advice for staff transition and support, focusing on ethical considerations and preserving the firm’s legacy. This thorough approach ensures a respectful and compliant closure that is mindful of the firm’s reputation and stakeholders’ interests.

Why Choose JMW?

Choosing the right partner for legal support and advice is vital. Our team, led by industry experts like Charles Metherell, brings a wealth of experience and specialised knowledge to the table. With a deep understanding of the legal sector’s nuances and challenges, we offer advice that’s not just theoretical but tested and proven in practice.

Whether it’s regulatory compliance, financial restructuring or HR advice, our services can meet all your legal and operational needs. This approach saves you time and resources and allows you to focus on what you do best.

At JMW, we prioritise understanding and aligning with your firm’s specific needs and goals. Our advice and solutions are designed to ensure that outcomes truly benefit your practice.

Our goal is to build lasting relationships with our clients. We’re not just advisors; we’re partners in your firm’s journey, and we always show our commitment to your long-term success and growth.

Talk to Us

If you need help with any legal matters that are affecting you or your firm, contact JMW today for advice and guidance. Call us today on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back.