February 29th is upon us, offering us a whole 24 hours of bonus time. What are you doing with the extra day this year? Are you taking a day off to do something you wouldn’t usually do? Is it just another day for you, or are you using the time to reflect on the year so far?

We have a suggestion, why not use this extra day to leap into action when it comes to your finances? Leap into Success: Utilize the Extra Day to Fine-Tune Your Legal Firm’s Financial Strategy 

The leap year, occurring every four years, is a fascinating quirk in our calendar system designed to align our human-made timekeeping with the astronomical reality of the earth’s orbit around the sun. Despite our best efforts, the solar year – the time it takes for Earth to complete one orbit around the sun – is approximately 365.24 days long. To accommodate this fractional remainder, we add an extra day to the calendar every four years in February, known as leap day.  

For Law Firms, the leap day presents a unique opportunity to reflect on your financial management and practices, something we know law firms can struggle to find time for.

Just as this extra day disrupts our usual calendar routine, it’s a chance to disrupt any unhealthy financial habits and reassess your financial strategies. Whether it’s creating a budget, setting goals or diversifying investments, leap day serves as a reminder to take proactive steps towards financial sustainability in your firm. Much like the leap year corrects our calendar to align with astronomical reality, you can use the additional day to correct any discrepancies in your financial plans, ensuring they align with your long-term goals and aspirations. Leap forward in your financial journey and make the most of the opportunity to step back, assess and make meaningful changes that will benefit you and your firm well beyond this extra day.  

Here’s a quick 5 step review we suggest you can take to give your finances a ‘Spring clean’ in advance of Spring this leap day. Leveraging this extra day in your law firm by looking at your financial management can be both rewarding and practical:  

  1. Review Billing and Invoicing Processes: Take advantage of the extra day to review your firms billing and invoicing procedures. Ensure that billable hours are accurately recorded and invoiced promptly. Look for any inefficiencies or bottlenecks in the process and implement improvements. You can also check out Cashroom’s credit control service to streamline your firms’ operations and ensure you turn your hard work into cash as soon as possible.  
  2. Assess Expenses and Budgets: Take a look at your firms’ expenses and budgets. Identify areas where costs can be reduced or reallocated to better align with strategic priorities. Look for opportunities to negotiate better rates with vendors or explore alternative service providers to optimise spending. Looking for a more in-depth analysis of your financial budgets and projections and would like to do this regularly? Find out more about Cashroom’s management accounting service here
  3. Review Financial Performance Metrics: Take the time to review key financial performance metrics for your firm, such as profitability, cash flow, and client retention rates. Identify trends, strengths, and areas for improvement, and develop an actionable plan to enhance overall performance.  
  4. Plan for future growth: Use this leap day to strategize and plan for the future growth and sustainability of your firm. Consider expansion opportunities, practice area diversification or geographic expansion. Develop a comprehensive growth plan that outlines specific goals, timelines and resource requirements.  
  5. Update Financial Policies and Procedures: Review and update your firms’ financial policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and industry best practices. This includes policies relating to billing, collections, expense reimbursement and financial reporting.  

By leveraging leap day to focus on financial management initiatives, law firms can position themselves for greater success and sustainability for the year ahead. Remember, every day counts when it comes to maximising your financial health and performance!  

Cashroom provide financial management support through our cashiering, management accounts, credit control and payroll services. Allowing your firm to reduce risk, ensure compliance and increase efficiency. See what our clients have to say about our services and how we have supported their firm’s growth here

Fun Leap Day facts! 

  1. Leap Year Rules: A year must be divisible by 4 to be a leap year. However, if the year is divisible by 100 but not by 400, it is not a leap year. For example, the year 2000 was a leap year, but 1900 was not. 
  2. Birthdays for “Leapers”: People born on Leap Day are often referred to as “leaplings” or “leapers.” They technically only celebrate their birthday every four years. 
  3. Tradition of Proposals: In some cultures, Leap Day is considered a day when women are encouraged to propose to men, reversing traditional gender roles. 

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Cashroom provides expert outsourced accounting services for Law Firms including Legal Cashiering, Management Accounts and Payroll services. Our mission is to free lawyers from the complexities of legal accounting by supporting the industry with accurate management information and allowing lawyers to do what they do best – practice law.

‘The Cashroom have been an integral part of MBM from their inception. They has supported the growth of MBM from a small firm of 15 people all the way to the 70+ partners and staff now working in the firm. I have first hand experience of the wealth of skill employed within the business and the cashiering knowledge is unrivalled. The fluid ability of Cashroom to adapt to the changing requirements of a firm on a daily basis, as well as the ability to cover holiday periods seamlessly would be a benefit to any law firm. The Cashroom portal provides a first class workflow system for all cashiering requests and, more importantly, provides the level of security that email instructions do not. Cashroom provide both a cost effective fully outsourced service that can deliver almost everything that an internal finance team would be charged with, as well as a wraparound service to support an internal finance team.’ 

Stewart MacBride
Finance Director, MBM Commercial LLP
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