Australasian Law Management Journal

ESG risk management – why law firms of all sizes should act now

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] March 25, 2021

Law firms ignore ESG risks at their peril and should, in fact, embrace this area of compliance as a potential point of competitive advantage for their business and implement a well-considered strategy that contributes to sustainability, writes Annette Beashel. The area of compliance known as ESG (environmental, social and governance) is a hot topic and […]

Waking up to ‘woke’ – analysing the MinterEllison email conflict

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Controversy surrounding MinterEllison and its decision to advise Attorney-General Christian Porter raises questions about law firms’ client selection processes and the impact those choices could have on recruiting millennial and Gen Z talent in the years to come, writes Trish Carroll. A lot has been written in recent weeks about the email matter involving now-ex […]

Q&A: Roger Jepson – “It’s a great profession. You have to work hard, but that’s the same in every profession. Anything that is worthwhile requires commitment and dedication.”

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In our Q&A, Roger Jepson, a recently retired partner and litigation specialist with Mills Oakley, reflects on the highlights of a career that spanned more than 45 years, and explains how a great culture and leadership have been behind the firm’s growth. You brought down the curtain late last year on a fantastic legal career. […]

Success = Ability + Stability + Affinity + Agility

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] March 24, 2021

At a time when there is pressure on law firms to deliver more than just high-quality legal services, they need to embrace and juggle four key elements of legal practice that can mean the difference between triumph and failure, writes Joel Barolsky. It’s remarkable how many law firms have flourished for years by focusing on […]

Latest news – Backing for RRR areas; ‘Breadcrumbing’ leaves bad taste; Top Australian law unis revealed

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 19, 2021

Law Council plan supports country communities The launch of the Law Council of Australia’s Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) National Strategic Plan 2021-2023, heralds the profession’s reinvigorated commitment to RRR lawyers. Speaking at the Cooma Court House, Law Council President Dr Jacoba Brasch QC said while close to 30 per cent of Australians lived in RRR […]

Q&A: Simon Playford – “Bolter is really, in essence, a start-up law firm for start-ups and we try to capture that ethos and energy on a daily basis.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] March 5, 2021

In our Q&A, Simon Playford, head of new Queensland-based law firm Bolter, outlines his goal for the firm to become to go-to legal advisor for start-up businesses in Australia, and how his father’s death has inspired him to give back to the community.   In April last year, just as COVID-19 hit business markets, you […]

Latest news – Pro bono record for Australian firms; Graduates acknowledge Allens; Employees value culture most of all

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 1, 2021

Firms report record number of pro bono hours The Australian legal profession is performing more pro bono work than ever before, despite the turmoil caused by COVID-19. According to the 7th National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey, respondents in 2020 reported performing a record 457,216.4 hours of pro bono legal work, and the highest recorded […]

Flipping the traditional law firm – the case for a decentralised model

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A ‘cluster model’ is a way that law firms can shift from traditional ways of operating to a new and adaptable culture where the emphasis is on the value that employees deliver rather than their length of tenure, writes Demetrio Zema. For traditional law firms, July 1 often represents the day when promotions and title […]

Learning and development 2021 – breaking it down and building us up

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Uncategorized] February 20, 2021

As the year unfolds, firms should be flexible with their learning and development planning and ensure that they listen to feedback and adapt and improve any initiatives along the way, writes Leonie Green.   My daughter recently started high school. I had expected a bit of an adjustment in the first week or two, but […]

Why investing in high-performing leadership teams adds up

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For firms to be truly collaborative and successful, they require a culture in which there is a focus on developing leadership teams rather than individual leaders who do their own thing, writes Keegan Luiters. The case for a high-performing leadership team is strong. Across industries, global consulting firm McKinsey has found that firms had 1.9 […]