Sarah Charlton

Biography

Sarah is Chair of the Institute of Legal Finance & Management. She entered the legal finance profession in 1989 and became a member of the Institute of Legal Finance & Management two years later. She joined the ILFM Executive Council in 2005, became vice-chair in 2007 and chair in 2010.

She wrote and tutors for the ILFM a one-day course on Practice Management.

In 2008 she won the ILFM Aaron Bowl award for writing a practice note on the accounting treatment for legal aid payments.

In 2009 she wrote an article on Solicitor’s Accounts Rules 1998 for the Law Society’s Law Management Section, included in their April 2009 publication ‘managing for success’.

In 2010 she wrote the professional conduct rules for the ILFM.

In 2011 she wrote the new Legal Practice Management correspondence course and is currently the tutor and examiner for the syllabus. She also wrote and presented a video module for the ILFM on disbursements and co-presented with James Wright a module on best practices.

In 2012 Sarah worked with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives on the practice management and accounts competencies for their members.

She has also written many articles for the Legal Abacus, the more recent listed below:

  • LSA 2007 [May/Jun 2010 edition]
  • Contingency planning [Jul/Aug 2010 edition]
  • Managing change [Sep/Oct 2011 edition]
  • What makes a practice successful? [Jan/Feb 12 edition].

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July 2008 – Bachelor of Science (Honours), June 2007 – Part Two, Associate of Chartered & Certif