Australasian Law Management Journal

Latest news – Most firms to give pay hikes; Gong for top young lawyer; 5 findings about remote work  

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 11, 2022

Salary hikes on the agenda at most law firms Nine out of 10 legal employers are planning to increase legal salaries following their next reviews, according to the FY22-23 Hays Salary Guide. Not surprisingly, a skills shortage is the key reason behind the looming salary rises, with 69% of the employers who took part in […]

Start me up – why three small law firms are big successes

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Three very small firms – Bicknell Law & Consulting, Forward IP and Fresh Legal Solutions – opened their virtual doors for business in the past few years. Anyone thinking of starting up or wondering why their small firm isn’t booming will gain some practical guidance from these firms’ stories, as Trish Carroll reports. Jennifer Bicknell, […]

Q&A: Trevor Withane – “I don’t want this to be the Trevor show. I want to build a firm that will stand apart from me.”

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In the second part of our Q&A, Trevor Withane, founder and principal of Ironbridge Legal, explains the rationale behind changing the name of his legal practice. About three years ago, you set up Blackwattle Legal in Sydney to specialise in two key areas – commercial litigation and insolvency. Despite having success, you have recently changed […]

The threat of cultural fragility – and how to overcome it

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Fallout from COVID-19 has had a significant, negative impact on the culture of many law firms, and the way forward is to foster strong team leaders who can guide and inspire their people, writes Joel Barolsky. Despite many law firms thriving financially during the pandemic, there is a deep concern among many that firm culture […]

Positioning your firm to navigate labour market challenges

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Law firms will need to be clearer about the value proposition they offer in the next 12 months as a shrinking pool of talent makes it harder to retain and recruit standout candidates, writes Leonie Green. The ALPMA Australian Legal Industry 2022 HR Issues and Salary Survey is now out and it provides some pause […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]