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23 years - Inksters

23 years ago today…

23 years ago today I set up a law firm on my own account. I called it Inksters, after me. That is what you did back then, when law firm names were invariably linked with their founders. But at least I didn’t call it Inkster & Co. In the Beginning It started life just with…
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Brian Inkster - Inksters Solicitors - FSB Awards Scotland - Self-employed - Sole Trader of the Year - 2022

Self-employed / Sole Trader of the Year Winner at FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards Scotland

Inksters won the Scottish Self-employed / Sole Trader of the Year Award at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Celebrating Small Business Awards in Edinburgh on Thursday. The award recognises the “tenacity and drive that it takes to go it alone”. Brian Inkster set up Inksters as a sole trader in 1999. 23 years later…
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International Women's Day 2022 - Stephanie Christie-Carmichael and Jackie Jobson who both joined Inksters during the pandemic

66.66% are Women

At Inksters we are proud to say, on International Women’s Day, that 66.66% of our people are women. A healthy increase, up from 52% two years ago. Over the past two years, and all during the pandemic, we have added 5 new consultant solicitors to our team, and 4 of those are women: Stephanie Christie-Carmichael…
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FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards -Shortlisted Finalist - Inksters

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards Finalists

Inksters are finalists in the Scottish heat of this year’s FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. This is in the self-employed/sole trader of the year category. Brian Inkster set up Inksters as a sole trader in 1999. 23 years later and Brian is still a sole trader. Inksters now has 9 employees and 17 other sole…
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Fee Share Law Firm Inksters-warns-of-dangers of Cryptocurrencies

5 reasons why Inksters will not be taking payment in cryptocurrency or paying their consultant solicitors in cryptocurrency

A fee-share law firm this week announced that it is the first top 200 UK law firm to take payment in cryptocurrency. They claim this means it can work with a wider variety of clients and its ‘partners’ (self-employed consultant solicitors) can be paid how they choose. They are, of course, not the first law…
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Not the first fee -sharing law firm in Scotland (not even third)

Another fee-sharing law firm claims to be first in Scotland

Yesterday another English law firm set up shop in Scotland claiming to be the first fee-sharing law firm ever to operate north of Hadrian’s Wall. This was first claimed, also wrongly, by one of their English competitors back in May of this year. We have again contacted the publications where these erroneous claims have been…
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One to One Support

One to One Support for Consultant Solicitors

Hot on the heels of a fee-share law firm appearing in Scotland and claiming wrongly to be the first we now have two others arguing on social media over who provides the most support to their consultant solicitors. One said they provide the most support with 50 support staff. A second said that first one…
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First Fee-Share Law Firm in Scotland?

Fee-share law firms and Scotland

It was amusing to see today a newly established law firm in Scotland, spun out from an English one, claim to be “the first fee-share law firm in Scotland” as they launch with just one consultant solicitor in the country. Ahem… Fee-share law firms are certainly not new to Scotland. Inksters have been doing just…
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Inksters concentrate on Consultancy Business Model

Concentrating Purely on the Consultancy Business Model

From today, after 22 years in business, Inksters are concentrating purely on the consultancy business model. A model that Inksters first started to move towards over 8 years ago. Inksters transition is now complete to a law firm where all solicitors benefit financially directly from the fruits of their own labours. Inksters no longer have…
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Women Lawyers at Inksters with a flat structure

52% Women

Unlike most law firms, at Inksters we don’t have a hierarchical structure. Our structure is flat. Our lawyers are all amongst equals. Our structure is balanced. 52% of our people are women. Our lawyers can build their client base, develop their business and collaborate in a completely unrestricted way. They also have complete flexibility on…
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