A better way of working A better legal service

Celebrating 10 years

"It was November 2006 when we set out to improve the lives of lawyers and improve the lives of their clients.

It hasn’t always been an easy journey – nothing worth doing is - but through innovative thinking, technology and working with some of the most talented people in the legal industry, we have found the most effective ways to empower our solicitors. It means they can deliver their best work, enjoy greater rewards, and have the control of their careers and their lives that they deserve.

And as we write this today, 10 years after it all began, we can confidently say we have created a better way of working and a better legal service.

To mark this achievement and celebrate this milestone we have made a film that captures what a typical day as a Consultant Solicitor is like at Setfords Solicitors. We explain how it all began, our support team explain how it works behind the scenes, and our consultant solicitors explain how it benefits both their clients and themselves.

We are still evolving and look forward to developing our service further. For now though, we’d like to say thank you to everyone involved in Setfords in the past 10 years, and hope those looking for a better way of working will think about joining us for the next part of our journey."

Chris Setford

CEO

Guy Setford

CEO

David Rogers

Managing Director

Do you want a better way of working?

Long days and longer nights, rich in stress and poor in reward. Sound familiar? If you work in a traditional law firm it probably does. For too long too many firms have failed to evolve, believing being part of a centuries-old profession means working in archaic ways. For those firms stuck in the past it means their lawyers spending their time in an environment clouded by office politics and destructive competition. The future lacks clarity and the only certainty is knowing you will leave the office every night feeling unfulfilled and unrewarded. But thankfully the days of feeling like others are controlling your destiny are over. There is a better way of working...

Our vision

We are the law firm of the future – a place where people can get the best legal advice from lawyers at the top of their game. How do we achieve that? By creating a better way of working.

We believe lawyers do their best work when they have the support they need and the rewards they deserve. Which is why every decision we have made in the past 10 years has been about putting our lawyers first, so they can put their clients first.

But the firm we’ve created isn’t just about entrepreneurial thinking, or using technology to our advantage, or finding ways of working that give our lawyers the flexibility to deliver the dedicated and personal service their clients need. It’s also about an attitude – a belief that the greatest success comes from empowering those you work with to enable them to achieve their very best.

Chris Setford

CEO

Guy Setford

CEO

David Rogers

Managing Director

How we work

We believe a law firm should be structured around its lawyers, not its partners. We understand clients get the best advice when their lawyers are free to focus on them, not what’s going on behind the scenes. Our support team forms the foundations of our company and, whilst in a traditional firm you might expect to find the lawyers near the bottom of the pyramid, at Setfords you’ll find them at the very top.

Traditional law firm structure

A law firm built for partners

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Senior
partners
Directors
Junior partners
PR, Marketing & Design
IT Support
Associates
Accounts & Business development
Solicitors
Admin & Secretarial support
Support staff
Consultant Solicitors

Traditional law firm structure

A law firm built for partners

Senior partners

Junior partners

Associates

Solicitors

Support staff

Setfords fee share model

A law firm built for you

Consultant Solicitors

Admin & Secretarial support

Accounts & Business development

PR, Marketing, Design, & IT Support

Directors

Our rewards for consultant solicitors

Being a consultant solicitor should be about taking control, of both your career and your life. That is why at Setfords we have created a way of working that gives solicitors the freedom to make their own choices and recognises achievement. We don’t set billing targets, so our solicitors decide how many clients they have and how many hours they want to work. Our pioneering fee-share structure acknowledges achievement - the more you bill the greater the rewards. If you have grander ambitions and perhaps want to be involved in business development, or maybe run your own department or team, we can help you achieve that too.

Earnings that reflect your worth

Our fee structure is about honouring our commitment to our consultant lawyers to give them the rewards they deserve. At a traditional firm you might expect to take home a third of your billings, at Setfords it can be up to 80%.

Yearly
billing

£100k

£200k

£300k

£400k

£500k

£600k

£700k

£800k

£900k

£1m

£1.5m

£2m

Your salary at a traditional firm

£33,333

£66,666

£100,000

£133,333

£166,666

£200,000

£233,333

£266,666

£300,000

£333,333

£500,000

£666,666

Your fee
share at Setfords

£60,000

£130,000

£210,000

£290,000

£370,000

£450,000

£530,000

£610,000

£690,000

£770,000

£1,170,000

£1,570,000

Uncapped earning potential

YOU EARN 80% OF EVERYTHING OVER 200K

Our consultant lawyers

Setfords isn’t just about the best support and the best rewards, it’s also about working with the very best. Throughout Setfords you will find lawyers for whom excellence is the only standard they understand. So whether you’re a property lawyer looking for a commercial litigator or an employment lawyer looking for someone who can advise on corporate governance, you can be confident that when you refer a client they will get the same standard of legal advice that you deliver.

Everything Setfords promised me before I joined, they have delivered - including requests for extra resources.

Michael Edwards
Corporate Consultant Solicitor, London

It’s been more successful than I could possibly have imagined.

- Jane Lockyer Real Estate Consultant Solicitor, London

Setfords have delivered what they promised and now I'm doing better work in less time.

- Marc King
Consultant Solicitor

Our support

The support structure at Setfords is not just about meeting the needs of our consultant solicitors, but going far beyond their expectations. We have dedicated 10 years to building the biggest and best support team in the industry and, because we understand one size does not fit all, we tailor this support to suit individuals and teams. Our consultant solicitors can focus on their clients because they know we’ll look after everything else.

What we offer

Accounts

Accounts

Our expert team deals with all financial transactions for Setfords, ensuring your clients can be confident their monies are being handled safely.

Design Support

Design Support

Setfords’ designers work across all print and digital platforms, both internally and externally, and assist our lawyers with their own promotion.

Business Development

Business Development

Our executives are responsible for generating millions of pounds in business for our lawyers.

Management Support

Management Support

Our senior team, including M.D. David Rogers, is on hand to offer strategic advice and support to all our lawyers.

Compliance

Compliance

A director-led department overseeing all compliance matters within the firm.

Marketing

Marketing

Our team are experts in generating business through online channels and can help you plan your own marketing campaign.

What we offer

Legal Support

Legal Support

We can build a team around our consultants using in-house lawyers, paralegals and trainees.

Scanning

Scanning

Every piece of post received is scanned and uploaded to our case management system, allowing you to work in a paperless environment if desired.

PR Communications

PR & Communications

We have employed an agency run by a former BBC journalist to promote Setfords’ lawyers across all platforms and within the media.

Secretarial Support

Secretarial Support

Our highly-trained team is responsible for all typing and document preparation. You dictate, we do the rest.

Reception & Telecoms

Reception & Telecoms

Our receptionists are trained to deliver a seamless service no matter where our lawyers are based.

Technical Support

Technical Support

Our IT team has been with Setfords for 10 years and is available 24/7 to ensure our remote working systems operate without interruption.

Our clients

Some of our clients have been with us since we were founded 10 years ago because building long-lasting relationships is as important to us as anything else. Our clients range from the global to the local, from those in the media and entertainment industries, to those in property and finance. We bring personal attention to a worldwide client base.

The Ivy
UK Security Expo 2016
Kelly's storage
Bills
Everyman
Côte Brasserie
Jackson + Rye
CCR Expo
Grillshack
Nineteen Events

I believe trust is the key to any good business
relationship and that’s why I work with
Setfords – I’ve just instructed them to deal
with the sale of one of my businesses because
their lawyers always deliver.

Peter Jones
CEO, Nineteen Events

Cote

I have found Jane Lockyer at Setfords one of
the best leisure property lawyers in the sector
and feel comfortable with any situation
that arises and would have no hesitation in
recommending her services.

Steve Seager
Property Director, Côte Restaurants

Our story

The secret to Setfords’ incredible growth and continued success is investment – in our support structure, our staff and our consultant lawyers. We understand that in order to be the best you have to build solid relationships that last and that’s about delivering what you promise and exceeding expectations. We first started doing that 10 years ago, and we’re still doing it today.

Everything in numbers

0

0

the number of hidden costs. Our fee-share covers everything. There are no extras you need to fund.

£3m+

£3m+

the business generated by our marketing and sales team for our consultants in the past three years.

50+

50+

the number of support staff at our central office.

80%

80%

what you can keep if you earn over £200,000.

Over 160

Over 160

the number of consultant lawyers working at Setfords.

10 years

10 years

the time we have been perfecting how we operate so you can do your best work.

Our promise

"At Setfords we will empower you to fulfil your dreams. So whether it’s earning more money, achieving a greater work-life balance, or both, we will work day and night to ensure you get the back-up you need to reach your full potential. Only one question remains: what could you achieve with the right support?"

Chris Setford

CEO

Guy Setford

CEO

David Rogers

Managing Director

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