Finance & Accounting

A burning platform – why enabling and measuring innovation is such a hot issue

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] September 19, 2019

Amid all the talk in legal circles about innovation, change and the death of the billable hour, there is real tension as to how law firms can best measure innovation and drive productivity, writes Mark Andrews. Best-selling author John Kotter describes the importance of the burning platform in establishing a reason for change in organisations. […]

Latest news – SMEs choosy with law firms; Queensland barrister recognised; Lawyer satisfaction levels slump

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR)] September 17, 2019

One in three SMEs happy to ditch lawyer More than a third of Australian small and medium-sized businesses are willing to seek the advice of a different legal adviser, according to NAB’s inaugural Australian Legal Services Industry Survey. The survey notes that SMEs rely on and value their current lawyers, but nevertheless they are quite […]

From zero to hero – how investors are driving the LegalTech market

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] September 2, 2019

With the LegalTech industry growing in participant numbers and influence in the Australian market, researchers Eric Chin, Ben Armstrong and David Bushby explain the growth of the market, how it is being funded and what we can expect next. LegalTech has moved into the mainstream consciousness of the legal sector. But what exactly is it? […]

Latest news – ‘Freewheeling’ managers flunk hiring test; Spotlight on national security laws; MinterEllison tops ‘attractiveness’ rankings

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] August 29, 2019

Lack of management structure hurts hiring outcomes A “freewheeling” approach to management is likely to result in poorer hiring and firing results, according to new research from MIT Sloan. In a paper, entitled Building a Productive Workforce: The Role of Structured Management, the researchers consider how personnel-management practices relate to HR outcomes and workforce productivity. […]

How to become, and remain, a small law firm employer of choice

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] August 28, 2019

While smaller law firms often bemoan their inability to recruit the sort of elite talent they desire, they actually have a rare opportunity to turn this around if they pursue smart strategies, writes Rob Knowsley. I recently set aside some quality time to write this fifth article in my series* for ALMJ and had been […]

The balancing game of bonuses – carrot, stick, chicken or egg?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR)] August 14, 2019

Law firms continue to use bonus arrangements to reward and provide incentives for employees, but management needs to weigh up the real impact they may or may not have – while remembering that motivating factors can vary from person to person, writes Leonie Green. I remember many years ago in a meeting with one of […]

Staff turnover hurts, but beware of keeping people at all costs

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] June 25, 2019

Efforts to minimise employee turnover may be counter-productive because the truth is that some people may not be the right match for a particular firm, while the investment in them may outweigh their benefits to the practice, writes Rob Knowsley. Readers will have noted that a lot of commentary within the profession focuses on the […]

Latest news – General counsel ‘on the defensive’; Skills shift for law librarians; Recruitment tips for greater diversity

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 29, 2019

Royal commission a wakeup call for GCs New research shows that, in the aftermath of the banking royal commission, 48 per cent of general counsel in Australia are looking to redesign their working practices. The State of Australian Corporate Law Departments Report 2019, produced by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with UK legal research firm Acritas, […]

Applying the John West test – how to prevent disasters with fishy clients

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] March 27, 2019

Sometimes the most valuable decision you can make when running a law firm is to not take on a client, so putting in place robust processes to determine which clients you accept or reject can save firms many future problems, writes Peppy Mitchell. How many times have you been in a difficult situation with a […]

A message to all small law firms – as principals, you need to make a profit

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] March 25, 2019

A failure to properly address profitability and pricing confidence has left the principals of many smaller law firms, in particular, to a life of opening their doors without the prospect of an appropriate livelihood, writes Rob Knowsley. In previous articles in this series, I have dealt with the imperative of clearly understanding the level of […]