providing legal services to the maritime industry case study
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providing legal services to the maritime industry case study
1,500 words quantitative research proposal based on the brief below
The Assessment Brief
Samson & Singh Partners are a niche medium-sized law firm providing legal services to the maritime industry, with expertise in shipping, taxation, environmental and commercial law. The company is based in Manchester, with 17 partners as well as 153 staff in employment. Staff comprise 82 qualified lawyers (not including the partners), 43 paralegals, 18 secretaries and administrators, and 10 in other roles.
At Samson & Singh, staff work under tremendous time pressure as the deals that they handle on behalf of their clients have to be completed within very short periods of time. Those deals often involve many different parties and very large sums of money. There are periods where there is little or no commercial activity, punctuated by times when the workload is extreme and working hours are long and sustained. During such periods, it is common for teams of lawyers and paralegals to work around the clock (virtually 24 hours, 7 days a week) for weeks at a time.
The firm is divided into autonomous teams with each employee reporting to their team leader only. Each team has its own client portfolio, being entirely responsible for contracts relating to those clients. The work is target-driven. Lawyers and paralegals in each team have individual financial targets to meet, and each team has an additional collective financial target which is closely monitored.
These targets are used to measure both individual and team performance. Teams operate in parallel, often in a spirit of ‘competition’ with each other. Individuals also compete for the lucrative bonus that is offered to the employee in each team that has exceeded their individual fee targets the most during the year. Many firms, including Samson & Singh, have seen dramatic decreases in secretarial and admin support, with the result that many lawyers now carry out many more admin tasks on top of their work, and for which they cannot bill or use towards their fee targets.
Since the pandemic began, staff have worked from home, although there is uncertainty if, how, and when they should be compelled to work from offices. The removal of restrictions in the UK during the summer means staff can return to work fully in the office, although there is concern about disruptions due to potential lockdowns or increased caring responsibilities.
The volatility in the maritime sector responding to the pandemic has led to an increase in work that needs to be completed quickly, although struggling clients means there is a growing backlog of outstanding payments. Samson & Singh are therefore concerned about experiencing a cashflow problem. As such, the firm has frozen pay rises, bonuses, and promotions, which is a source of discontent given the additional work staff are putting in. There is concern that women are overrepresented at paralegal and junior lawyer level and underrepresented among more senior lawyers.
The pay, promotion and representation issues have all been raised in (mostly anonymous) comments posted on the staff online bulletin board. In addition, certain anonymous allegations have been made to management about unacceptable behavior from line managers, which included shouting at people and derogatory remarks during video calls.
Samson & Singh are keen to use an evidence-based approach to inform their understanding of how the working environment influences the experience of their workforce. They do not have any specific research questions and invite you to identify appropriate research questions and to develop two separate research proposals for them to consider.
You are not expected to address all the questions and issues raised in this brief, and Samson & Singh welcome any other proposals broadly related to an aspect of the working environment that could be of interest to them.
The Assignment and Marking Criteria for the Research Proposals
Your assignment is to supply the above proposal to the above specification and should cover the criteria below. You do not need to have a distinct section for each point below (e.g., sampling and procedures could be merged).
The Individual Quantitative Research Proposal
- Research question and hypothesis (approx. 200 to 500 words).
- There should be between three to five research hypotheses, including one that involves testing of a third variable (i.e., mediation or moderation).
- Method (approx. 900 to 1,200 words)
- Research paradigms and design
- What is the study’s paradigm position? How this relates to the research question posed?
- Sampling and data
- What are the variables in this study and what types are they?
- How many participants will be recruited and how will this be done?
- How are constructs operationalized?
- How will the study be carried out?
- What are the potential ethical issues here and how will they be mitigated?
- Proposed Analysis
- A description of what statistical tests will be used to test the hypotheses and any considerations to consider.
- References (not included in Word Count)
- Citation and referencing in either the APA or Harvard format
What not to include
Although research proposals elsewhere may ask for more information you only need to meet the above criteria. This means not including information that you may be asked for in proposals from other modules (e.g., research dissertation modules, Masters Research Project). In particular, there is no need here for an abstract, literature review, discussion or timeline.
Include on the first page your name and student number, the module title, and whether this is the quantitative or qualitative proposal
Font size 12
Insert page numbers, but no other headers or footers necessary
First person acceptable egg “In this report I will…” (but avoid statement such as “I believe.” unless you have evidence to support your claims)
Use headings to structure your argument
Limit the use of bullet points, figures and footnotes where possible.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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