Australasian Law Management Journal

Q&A: Andrew Lacey – “There is no space for layers of management and what I would call ‘light-touch lawyering’.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] April 29, 2020

In our Q&A, McCabe Curwood managing principal Andrew Lacey outlines how his firm is preparing for the fight against COVID-19; the challenges it has faced following a merger just over two years ago; and why his staff no longer have to wear a suit and tie every day. How is McCabe Curwood responding to the […]

Is Covid-19 the mother of all disruptors for the legal profession?

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

In an effort to understand the long-term changes that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the legal profession, Trish Carroll taps into the minds of final-year law students and also ponders what the fallout will mean for lawyers’ engagement with clients. Who would have thought Plato’s view in Republic in 375BC about “necessity being the […]

How to stay virtually productive during COVID-19 and beyond

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

With so many employees now working from home, firms must ensure that their teams can actually use the collaboration tools that have long been at their disposal, while eliminating productivity-draining activities that distract staff members from their real jobs, writes Dermot Crowley. The past couple of months has completely changed where, and how, we all […]

Use COVID-19 lessons to positively influence your leadership

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The decisive actions of some political leaders and the fallout for many firms from COVID-19 has challenged many business assumptions and provided lessons and inspiration for law firms as they seek to emerge from the pandemic with new and better ways of operating for employees and clients, writes Keegan Luiters. During the global financial crisis […]

Latest news – ‘Anxiety’ the big issue during COVID-19; AGM contingency plans urged; Use of AI tech still ‘low’

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 27, 2020

Anxiety, isolation the big tests for lawyers during pandemic A new American study suggests that anxiety and isolation are more significant issues for legal professionals than technology-related challenges as they adjust to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Loeb Leadership report, called Law Firms’ Adaption to Remote Working, sought responses from 200 managing partners, […]

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

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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”

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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 […]