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Paper chase – bundy clocks, toilet paper and award compliance

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] March 26, 2020

Concerns over the underpayment of workers is a complex matter from which law firms are not immune, but the key is to be proactive over pay and conditions for staff and to follow a checklist to ensure that the fine detail is being addressed, writes Leonie Green. What a strange world we are living in […]

From ‘my’ client to ‘our’ client – it’s time for a change of mindset

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership]

Joel Barolsky outlines five of the key reasons why partners are often tempted to ‘hoard’ clients rather than share them across the firm – and how this poor practice can lead to terrible results for clients and the firm itself. What’s the prevailing mindset in your firm? Do people talk about ‘my’ clients or ‘our’ […]

Stick to the fundamentals and your firm can become – and remain – viable

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized]

Many legal practices become unviable because the principals to do not adequately understand the need for genuine profitability and liquidity, but they can turn it around by focusing on some simple fundamentals, writes Rob Knowsley. The viability of legal practice is again the flavour of the month. Lawyers are often counselled to look hard at […]

Q&A: Dominic Woolrych – “Whereas I used to have to beg lawyers to join our platform, now we easily get 20 applications a week”

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

In our Q&A, Lawpath founder and CEO Dominic Woolrych explains how a relatively young company has become Australia’s leading legal software platform for businesses and individuals in the past six years; why he gave up the security of working for a big firm; and outlines his two key pieces of advice for  others wanting to […]

Latest news – Key changes to Modern Award; AGM contingency warning; How to manage your reputation

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] March 25, 2020

Law firms need to be across changes to Modern Award By Ben Duggan, Director, DW Fox Tucker Lawyers The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has finalised its consideration of Annualised Wage Arrangements as part of its four-yearly review of the Modern Award. A key change to the current arrangements is the move towards two model clauses […]

Want to stay on top? It’s time to take your leadership development vertical

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 3, 2020

In a fast-changing business world, it is no longer enough for our leaders to simply take their firms along the same tried-and-true path when the focus should be on providing real guidance that helps those enterprises navigate a different route, writes Keegan Luiters. A 2017 report from professional services firm BDO states that the “almost […]

The conscious law firm – and the fascinating cases of Marque Lawyers and Hive Legal

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized]

In the second part of a three-part series, Dr Christian Duperouzel continues his examination of the notion of conscious capitalism and how two boutique Australian law firms have achieved success by moving away from conventional rules and practices.   Marque Lawyers is a Sydney-based law firm that was established in 2008 after a number of […]

Q&A: Carly Stebbing – “The bigger firms have more to be concerned about than smaller firms in this technological era”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] February 28, 2020

In our Q&A, Resolution123 founder and principal Carly Stebbing discusses her passion for helping employees access affordable legal justice; how she encourages a culture of innovation at her firm; and why she thinks smaller firms are well placed to thrive as technology disrupts the legal sector. Your employment law firm represents employees only. How is […]

Latest news – Regulatory boom a money-maker; Systems issues a bugbear; Don’t miss survey deadline

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] February 24, 2020

Regulatory advice a windfall for top-tier firms Revenue from regulatory advice looks set to be the big money earner for some of the biggest Australian law firms in 2020, according to the 2020 round of the Financial Review Law Partnership Survey. On the back of a strong year in 2019 for such regulatory advice following […]

The big risk factors with flexible working – and how to manage them

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,People Management(HR)] February 16, 2020

Workplace flexibility has become a seemingly non-negotiable offering for employees in the legal services sector, but this trend comes with risks that have to be addressed or mitigated through smart management, writes Merinda Timpany. In the year 2020, management teams understand that workplaces need to offer flexible working options to our people. This is especially […]