Administrative Structure

Organisational structure, how is the business managed? Dependent on the size and extent of the practice, it can be organized along a number of lines or a mix of these. It is down to the partners of each practice to decide the best way to organize the internal structure and this will guide other business issues such as management reporting and performance appraisal.

Common structural criteria are as follows

Geography; offices in different cities / towns or areas of the country.

Discipline; type of law practiced e.g. Family; Commercial ; Employment.

Function; type of work and source e.g. Legal Aid; Private Client; Corporate.

Matrix; a hierarchy using a mix of the above.

Management structure; this often follows the organization structure and addresses issues regarding seniority and management accountability

There are separate issues around deciding the structure of, for example, management boards. How the checks and balances are operated; accountability of the board to the partners; what level of executive power it is given; how members are elected; what its remit is.

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