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Q&A: Trevor Withane – “What we’re trying to do is make the lives of our lawyers easier so they stay working for us.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 15, 2022

In the first of a two-part Q&A, Trevor Withane, founder and principal of Ironbridge Legal, explains how he has created a thriving boutique litigation and insolvency law firm in Australia and why people and culture are the keys to that success. You’re a proud Briton running a young firm that is quickly making its mark […]

Latest news – Award for Victorian lawyer; Wellbeing help at hand; Melbourne University acknowledged

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] May 12, 2022

Bethany wins migration lawyer gong   Victorian lawyer Bethany Rose has been named the Migration Manager John Gibson AM Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year. “This award is named in honour of John Gibson AM, one of Australia’s most admired advocates, who was unceasing in his efforts to promote the rights of refugees and […]

Taking the surprises – and pain – out of pricing

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development]

Although most lawyers feel anxiety and a sense of dread around pitching and pricing work, this process can be used to build even stronger relationships with clients if you get it right, writes Colin Jasper.   When you think of discussing pricing with your clients, what emotions does it generate? For many lawyers, it creates […]

IT support teams on an Adventure in Wonderland

[Australasian Law Management Journal,People Management(HR),Technology]

The story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, features a cast of characters that Alice meets on her journey which have captivated imaginations for many years and kept us curious. In this article, Mark Andrews explores the ideas of curiosity, learning and adaption as he considers the implications of technology developments on IT […]

Retaining talent during the Great Resignation

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized]

Law firms that communicate with their employees about what they want from work and put in place smart strategies to deliver workplace promises will have a huge advantage in attracting and retaining the best talent, writes Daljit Singh. We are hearing a lot about the Great Resignation, with reports of law firms in a number […]

Q&A: Catherine Henry – “The senior leadership team agrees that we are not a law firm that employs people; we are a people firm that employs lawyers.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 13, 2022

In our Q&A, Catherine Henry, founder of Catherine Henry Lawyers, explains the satisfaction she gets from assisting clients in the health and aged care space, why it is so crucial to provide outstanding legal services to regional areas, and how bringing in a CEO and advisory board has transformed her firm.   How did you […]

Getting your team ‘on the balcony’ to promote adaptability

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership]

Dogmatic rather than pragmatic leadership will prevent law firms from adjusting to the changing circumstances in the legal market, but incorporating more reflective time into day-to-day operations can make a difference, writes Keegan Luiters. Thomson Reuters Institute’s 2021 report on the State of the Legal Market in Australia speaks to the experience of many lawyers. […]

8 reasons why business email compromise is a risk for trustees

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Technology]

Business email compromise is an insidious and increasingly common means of fraud that poses a threat to any businesses, especially law firms, that act as trustees in large transactions, writes Simone Herbert-Lowe. An increasing risk exposure for lawyers and law firms involves business email compromise (BEC). BEC typically occurs where an email account (either the […]

Latest news – Cybersecurity training shortfall; CEOs upbeat on economy; ‘Candidate ghosting’ on rise

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Technology] March 4, 2022

Survey highlights cybersecurity training gap Just over half of all employees in the legal service industry have had no cybersecurity training from their current employer, according to a new survey. The study from NordLocker. which surveyed about 1500 legal professionals, showed that 51 per cent of staff had not received such training, despite 83 per […]

Professional independence – can you spot when yours is at risk?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] March 3, 2022

Following professional conduct rules may seem straight forward, but it’s easy for solicitors to miss the red flags which can jeopardise their career, writes Annette Beashel. A solicitor has an obligation to retain professional independence when acting for a client and this ties into various other obligations under professional conduct rules. It seems like a […]