How to Start a Law Firm—the Virtual Book Launch

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I.Stephanie Boyce

I. Stephanie Boyce

Vice President

The Law Society of England and Wales

Meet the authors of How to Start a Law Firm

How to Start a Law Firm—the Virtual Book Launch

During this virtual book launch, you’ll get a chance to:


Hear why Rachel and Darren decided to co-author this book

Ask questions and get tips from two established and award-winning solicitors and law firm owners

Win exclusive prizes and get a book discount

Duration: 45 minutes


Virtual Book Launch

I. Stephanie Boyce is the Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales. In 2021, she will be the first ethnic minority president in the Law Society’s history. Stephanie was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 and holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance from King’s College, London. She currently sits on the Law Society Council holding one of the seats from the Women Lawyers Division. She also chairs the Council Members’ Conduct Committee and holds a number of statutory appointments with her local authority.

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Rachel Roche

Solicitor Director and Founder

Roche Legal

Rachel set up her award-winning law firm, Roche Legal, in 2014,  as a specialist private client firm practising Wills and Probate law. Roche Legal, has since won numerous awards including, Sole Practitioner of the Year in 2018 at The Law Society’s Excellence Awards and in 2020 becoming one of five globally recognised Reisman Award winners, for Innovation in legal services.


Watch the exclusive launch of How to Start a Law Firm—an indispensable guide for anyone thinking about establishing their own law firm.

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Darren Sylvester

Owner and Director

DJS Law Solicitors

Passionate about offering high quality legal advice in a timely fashion, Darren founded DJS Law Solicitors in 2016. Darren is a qualified barrister (England & Wales) and qualified Solicitor (England & Wales) with over 15 years’ experience in criminal and civil litigation. Darren is an advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) and has been involved in many forms of ADR to bring cases to a resolution.

  • Could you start a law firm?
  • Choosing the right structure
  • The first steps of your startup
  • Funding your law firm
  • Do you need a premises?
  • Branding your business
  • Finding clients and establishing networks
  • Establishing systems and processes
  • Managing the firm’s finances
  • Making technology work for you
  • Employing staff
  • Wellbeing and work/life balance
  • Growth and expansion
  • Exit strategies
  • Covid-19
  • 10+ Case studies

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Establishing and managing a successful law firm demands a unique skillset—one that Rachel Roche and Darren Sylvester explore in their new book, How to Start a Law Firm published by The Law Society of England and Wales.

On Wednesday, 28th October, we hosted the official celebration and launch of How to Start a Law Firm. Listen to Rachel and Darren’s experiences writing their first book, and get your questions about starting and managing a successful law firm answered. The conversation was hosted by I.Stephanie Boyce, Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales.