Long hours, heavy workloads and a poor work-life balance have become hallmarks of the legal profession. As a result, stress has become commonplace. It seems fitting at Christmastime, traditionally the time for being caring and giving, to announce our continuing sponsorship of dedicated legal industry charity, LawCare, who offers free, confidential support to lawyers suffering with emotional difficulties.
On 11th December, a spirited team of our charity committee members participated in the first official Project QP Volunteer Day. Our keen outdoors types helped staff at the RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands to declutter an area along the Dee Estuary for the area's wildlife.
Friday 12th December is the third official annual Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser. As Christmas is traditionally the time for sharing and caring, we're getting involved by wearing our festive knitwear and donating £2 per staff member to the appeal. Watch our Facebook page for photos of our employees in their colourful, seasonal winter pullovers.
With a continued spotlight on money laundering in the legal industry, we've received over 100 new orders for our electronic anti-money laundering (AML) system during November. Of these newest clients, Shobha Naik, Partner at North London-based, full-service high street practice, Percy Short & Cuthbert Solicitors, describes the benefits of electronic AML checks.
Christmas has arrived early at Quill! Our latest Readit newsletter is here, packed full of useful tips about how to achieve your business goals by keeping up with evolving technology and changing legislation. There's more besides, including help in equipping your business for the 'big chill', strengthening risk management processes, preparing for audits and getting to grips with auto enrolment reform.
We recognise that one of the most time-consuming stages of matter management is setting up newly enlisted clients and their corresponding matters. To de-clutter your screens, reduce the number of pages and generally speed up the client inception process, our development team has introduced important changes to Interactive's client and matter features.