Why my new year’s resolution is to improve the lives of more lawyers than ever before – and why I know I’ll achieve it

This year millions of people will make new year’s resolutions, but according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology fewer than 10% will stick to them for more than a few months.

Whether it’s spending more time with their children or partner, getting fit and healthy, or simply reading more books, the majority won’t achieve their goals, and not just because they haven’t got the discipline. From what I’ve seen finding the time and having enough support are key to achieving lasting change and most people don’t have either, especially lawyers. Most will tell you they live a life of high stress and long hours in an environment where competitivity and the scramble to get the top mean feeling “supported” is but a dream. When your day-to-day life is like that is it any wonder that honouring a commitment to improving aspects of your life can seem impossible?

But not everyone feels like that. Over the past 12 months I have met dozens of lawyers who wanted to make a deep and lasting change in their lives, and did just that. Lawyers who wanted to have more time with their families, more time to pursue their hobbies, more time with their clients. Lawyers who wanted to do all that and at the same time enjoy greater financial rewards. They were lawyers who joined Setfords Solicitors as consultants.  And if you really want to achieve change in 2017 you might want to consider doing the same thing.

More lawyers than ever before joined our firm this year – a year which saw us open new offices on Chancery Lane in London, win an award from The Lawyer for how we seek new clients, and see us receive a £3.75 million investment from Business Growth Fund.

This final point is important because it brings me back to my new year’s resolution: to improve the lives of more lawyers than ever before. We have taken investment exactly for this reason. Interest from lawyers has never been greater in the Setfords way of working, and in order to expand as quickly as we need to in order to meet that demand we are using investment funds.  

With this money we will be able to further increase what is already the leading support team in the industry. We will be able to make even better use of technology and hire more brilliant people to help us deliver the best service to our lawyers so they can deliver the best service to their clients. But most importantly it will give us more time to meet lawyers like you – lawyers who are looking for a better way of working, who are probably making new year’s resolutions of your own, but are already doubting if you will achieve them because you simply don’t have the time and you don’t have the necessary support.

That’s where we come in. By offering the right support to our lawyers we give them the time they need and the control they want to create the working and personal lives they dream about.

We’ve been doing this for 10 years and 2017 promises to be a record year for Setfords Solicitors. If you are wondering how to ensure your new year’s resolutions are to be achieved in the coming 12 months you might want to consider speaking to us. You’ll be amazed at what’s possible.

To find out more about becoming a consultant lawyer at Setfords go to www.consultantsolicitor.co.uk

Chris Setford
Chris Setford
CEO, Setfords Solicitors