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Open Law Project

Collaboration is a key part of Stephen Oldham Solicitors. It is my philosophy to be open to my clients, to the public and to other lawyers.

The Open Law Project will eventually have all of my business documentation (template letters, legal documents, skeleton arguments, office manuals and anything else that might be useful) available on my website for others to share and use.

At the moment there is not much here – give me time.

In the future I might expand the project and include materials from other lawyers if they want to participate.

Some documents are edited to remove confidential information. I will make as few edits as possible.

Formatting

Most of the communication that I send to clients is by email. Template letters are mostly unformatted. They do not have tabs, tables, multiple fonts or formatted paragraphs. This makes it easier to copy and paste into an email.

Using my Documents

You are welcome to copy my documents and use them for yourself. I do not ask for anything in return. If you do use my materials and you find them helpful then you can:

  • Tell others about this site
  • Post comments and suggestions for improvements
  • Put a link to thedrivingsolicitor.co.uk on your website
  • Like me on Facebook
  • Link with me on LinkedIn
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Share my blogs, posts and pages (including this page – use the buttons below)

Don’t forget that I am a sole practitioner without a client account practising criminal litigation/motoring law. If your law firm has a different structure you should adapt any of my materials to suit your own needs.

Letters

Client Care Letter

Business Plan 2014

This is the business plan that I used to obtain my startup Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) quote and for my application to the Solicitors Regulation Authority for authorisation as a sole practitioner.

There are two documents.

The business plan has been edited to remove personal information, information about third parties and some limited commercially sensitive information. I have tried to leave in as much as possible.

Business Plan 2014

The business plan spreadsheet is an Excel spreadsheet with startup costs, cashflow, profit and loss and balance sheet projections. I have removed the figures so that you can’t see how much money I was planning to make (it was fairly modest).

Business Plan Spreadsheet 2014

SRA Application

Form FA1 is the application to be a sole practitioner. I have removed some personal information from the form. There are one or two boxes that you haven’t formatted properly in the pdf.

fa1-firm-authorisatin-application-form

Office Manual

My office manual is always being amended. This version was current in May 2015 and has not changed much since I submitted it to the SRA for approval on start up. A few sensitive details have been removed.

Stephen Oldham Solicitors Office Manual May 2015

Privacy Notice

My privacy notice should be GDPR compliant. If you have any comments, let me know.

Stephen Oldham Solicitors privacy notice

15 Comments

  1. avoidgravity
    June 11, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

    hi – great idea. Kudos to you – you might want to check your first website link as your web address is mid-spelled!!

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    • Stephen Oldham
      June 12, 2015 @ 6:45 am

      Hi avoidgravity Thanks for spotting the mistake. A voucher for £50 is on its way to you. I offered vouchers to anyone who helps me with my proof reading in this post.

      Reply

  2. asgher hussain
    March 9, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

    wow really helpful advice and very grateful to you… not often you get something for free !!

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  3. Nicolina Andall
    August 11, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    I just want to say that I think you are marvellous! I first spotted you on the Linked in SPG group and (today) I’m referring to a point you made about how you work paperless! That blog post was brilliant. Thank you ever so much for sharing. Although I am fairly comfortable with my set up – it’s SO useful to see how other lawyers approach things. Brilliant. I think the open-law project is great and i share it with others. If I can ever be of assistance to you or your clients (I’m a company / commercial / construction) then please do let me know. I will most definitely put you on my list of recommended solicitors. Keep up the phenomenal work…. you are an inspiration.

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    • Stephen Oldham
      August 11, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

      Thanks Nicolina. Glad to see you find my content useful.

      Reply

  4. Richard Graham
    August 24, 2016 @ 8:14 am

    Stephen, setting up my own firm, your docs have helped me out greatly. If I get any driving stuff I will definitely send it your way. Richard

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    • Stephen Oldham
      August 24, 2016 @ 8:27 am

      Thanks Richard. I am pleased that my materials have helped you out. Any referrals will be greatly appreciated.
      Stephen

      Reply

  5. Adjoa Djan-Krofa
    March 13, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

    Ive only just discovered you through the SPG linkedin page! This is such a brilliant idea! Like Nicolina, am happy with my set but have referred your site to a colleague who is setting up.

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    • Stephen Oldham
      March 13, 2018 @ 6:13 pm

      Hi Adoja
      Thanks for sharing my stuff. I am always pleased to help out.
      Stephen

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  6. Louise K
    May 10, 2018 @ 4:04 pm

    Hi Stephen

    Absolutely love your idea of the Open Project and your blog posts. I am currently helping my boss set up a drink, drug and speeding department and your client care letter has helped me further my knowledge in what I can write to the client with my initial advice letter. I have been struggling with this and I am happy I came across your site today.

    Reply

    • Stephen Oldham
      May 12, 2018 @ 9:15 am

      Hi Louise
      Happy I could help.
      Feel free to drop me a call or an email if you need some more info.
      Stephen

      Reply

  7. Vince Nash
    September 12, 2018 @ 8:36 am

    Dear Stephen
    A big thank you as you helped so much with your advice when my wife set up as a sole practitioner !!

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  8. Graham Lloyd
    November 25, 2019 @ 2:43 pm

    Dear Stephen,
    I am a solicitor advocate in London who has always relied on referrals from other firms of solicitors for Crown Court work. I’m considering setting up my own practice doing private crime/ motoring and your website has been invaluable – the only thing that’s putting me off is the indemnity insurance. Are you able to recommend any value for money insurers? I see an estimate of £3500 as a yearly premium – did you find anything better for bearing in mind
    you have no client account?

    Kind regards

    Graham Lloyd

    Reply

    • Stephen Oldham
      November 25, 2019 @ 2:46 pm

      Hi Graham.
      I have replied by email. Sometimes emails go to spam so check there if it doesn’t come through.
      Stephen

      Reply

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