The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ET Business -

Mon­day Mon­day morn­ings are al­ways a chal­lenge, the morn­ing af­ter the week­end be­fore! I am a so­lic­i­tor and the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bal­four Law, a le­gal com­pany which I set up with the help of my busi­ness part­ner Neil McCul­loch al­most three years ago.

On ar­riv­ing at the of­fice the first thing I do is to catch up with any e-mails that I may have missed over the week­end, al­though I have a Black­berry and am of­ten found deal­ing with e-mails in the wee hours. I check my diary for the day and week ahead and see that I have time to deal with some new and com­pli­cated mat­ters. Af­ter a brief meet­ing with staff to run over the main events for the week, I then have a meet­ing with a po­ten­tial “col­lab­o­ra­tor”, which goes well and we agree to work to­gether in cer­tain ar­eas. The re­main­der of the day is spent tack­ling a new case, which needs an ini­tial re­port sub­mit­ting to the client ur­gently. I e-mail the re­port to the client at 4pm and then check and sign the rest of my post. The day ends with a meet­ing with my busi­ness part­ner to dis­cuss some IT is­sues. Tues­day The morn­ing is al­lo­cated to watch­ing an on­line “we­bi­nar” train­ing film deal­ing with forth­com­ing changes to the civil courts – this is an ef­fec­tive way of keep­ing up to date with my pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment re­quire­ments. Since the venue is “my of­fice” I get the chance to have my lunch at the same time. In the af­ter­noon I see a new client who has been rec­om­mended to me. It’s a good case and I of­fer to take it on. My sec­re­tary then brings me some post and I leave at 3pm to col­lect my daugh­ter from school and take her to swim school. Af­ter din­ner, bath time and bed­time for my daugh­ter I sit down at 9pm to read an­other new file. I pre­pare a re­port of my find­ings and fin­ish my day at 11.30pm. Wed­nes­day I have a new sec­re­tary start­ing to­day – as an ex­pe­ri­enced le­gal sec­re­tary she should have no dif­fi­culty pick­ing things up. I spend the next few hours tak­ing her through an in­duc­tion. I deal with some is­sues raised by my ac­coun­tant and then re­fer the re­main­ing mat­ters to my book­keeper. I read my post and deal with a few mat­ters that arise be­fore dic­tat­ing some letters, send­ing e-mails and

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