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Time to upskill – are you prepared for the digital era?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] July 24, 2017

As the digital era has an impact on the legal profession, it is time to consider what skills lawyers will need to differentiate themselves and adapt to the changing times, writes Mark Andrews. The digital era, coupled with changing client expectations, puts particular pressure on lawyers in terms of their skills development. It is easy […]

Q&A: Patricia Ryan and Hannah Ellis – “Our mission is to provide commercially sensible advice and exceptional bespoke service without the ego and high cost.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] July 13, 2017

In this Q&A, The Workplace principals Patricia Ryan and Hannah Ellis explain the reasons behind setting up their employment law firm; why they favour a ‘top-heavy’ partner model; and how they benefit from true flexibility in the workplace. You have been running The Workplace, a specialist employment law firm, for three years. What are the […]

7 ways to create a high-performance culture

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 8, 2017

Drawing on her experience as a dual Olympian and more than 15 years as a human resources manager, Fiona Crawford outlines the keys to creating a high-performance culture for law firms.  1. Define what you are trying to achieve ‘High performance’ is a trendy term used by managers and human resources professionals seeking to improve the […]

Latest news – Human rights on the agenda; 5 ways to promote gender advancement; Small rises for in-house salaries

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] July 4, 2017

Legal profession sets out core human rights principles The Law Council recently launched its Policy Statement on Human Rights and the Legal Profession, laying out core principles and commitments of behalf of the Australian legal profession. The statement sets out a framework for evaluating the merits of legislation, policy and practice by reference to international […]

How to nail the use of email and other communication tools

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Technology] June 28, 2017

Communication tools such as emails and meetings have their place in modern law firms, but they must be managed intelligently and used according to their strengths, writes Dermot Crowley. As the old saying goes, when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In terms of how we communicate in today’s workplace, our hammer […]

Why your small firm can’t afford to disregard advertising

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] June 25, 2017

Some large firms have built strong client bases on the back of mainstream advertising, but it can also be a key part of the marketing mix for smaller players, writes Trish Carroll. Law firms and advertising usually do not go together like bacon and eggs. They should, though, especially if yours is a consumer-centred law […]

Q&A: Jordan Furlong – “Very few firms are giving their youngest lawyers active client exposure and responsibility”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 17, 2017

In this Q&A, Law21 founder Jordan Furlong, the author of a report for legal resourcing business Lawyers on Demand called The Rise of the Millennial Lawyer, considers the repercussions for law firms of the growing power of millennials as lawyers and clients. Your report indicates that millennials are already having a significant impact on the […]

Overcoming cognitive bias a smart way to foster innovation

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 14, 2017

As law firms strive to become more innovative, their CEOs and managers need to create an environment in which existing biases are challenged and new ideas are not prematurely judged, writes Dr Jenny Brockis. “We need new ideas!” “We want our staff to be more innovative!” These are just a couple of the common catch-cries […]

Low wages growth, more employee flexibility, paralegals in demand – a snapshot of law firm trends

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 6, 2017

Some of the key challenges facing Australian law firms have been revealed in the 2017 ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey Report. More than 285 law firms employing more than 9600 staff completed the survey. About 20 per cent of responses came from each of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, […]

Latest news – Millennials value culture most when choosing firm; independent firms upbeat; AI likely to be biggest disruptor

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] June 2, 2017

Culture beats brand for millennials A law firm’s culture is the main factor for millennials when they are weighing up whether to accept a potential employer’s offer, according to a new international study. The report, called Minding the Gap: Do Today’s Associates Defy Generational Stereotypes, has been published by legal recruitment firm Major, Lindsey & […]