General Management

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 […]

Why mastering the ‘humble swagger’ should be a priority for leaders

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Finding a balance between confidence and humility is a complex pursuit for law firm leaders, but it is one they must consider if they hope to be effective in modern markets, writes Keegan Luiters. Many leaders in professional services such as law rise to their leadership roles through their technical ability or their ability to […]

Are law firms fighting a war for talent, or a war for trust?

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As law firms seek to recruit the best millennial talent to thrive in the future, they should ensure that they build trusted relationships with their employees, clients and the community, writes Trish Carroll. According to the CommBank 2018 Legal Market Pulse Report, released in December last year, the war for talent continues. Going by the […]

File these tips away and add value to your firm

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] May 30, 2019

Filing is an underrated and sometimes dull task within legal practices that is only noticed when something goes wrong, so make sure you implement smart planning and processes in this crucial management area, writes Kirsty McPhee. Filing is an important and necessary skill for anyone working in the legal industry. Poor filing costs a firm […]

Latest news – Talent retention the focus for firms; ‘Holistic approach’ needed for healthy lawyers; Salary hikes on the way for most

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] May 29, 2019

Firms hellbent on keeping top employees According to the 2019 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey, more than half of all Australian law firms expect to increase staff numbers this year, compared with 42 per cent in 2018, as firms seek to retain their best talent. Salaries have increased for most roles […]

Q&A: David Sharrock – “I see myself as a hope bearer and my main challenge is to keep hope alive by caring deeply for those around me.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 19, 2019

In our Q&A, David Sharrock, managing principal of Melbourne firm Sharrock Pitman Legal and author of the new book, Fighting for Enterprise Success: Through the Eye of the Tiger, outlines why he put pen to paper and reveals some of the key elements of law firm success. Your book draws from more than 40 years […]

Perfect retreat more than just a meet and greet

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 16, 2019

A successful corporate retreat for partners and employees requires considerable planning so it can be used as an opportunity to shape the strategy of the firm rather than simply being an expensive exercise that has minimal long-term impact, writes Joel Barolsky. Are you planning to run a partners’ retreat, or a conference for the team? […]

12 tips for contemporary risk managers in law firms

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The role of law firm risk managers is changing significantly. Here are some pointers from Peppy Mitchell on what modern in-house law firm risk managers should be doing in an increasingly volatile world. Law firms are increasingly hiring dedicated risk managers with a diverse skillset. In the rapidly changing world of legal services, firms and […]

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, […]

Eight forces shaping legal innovation in the Australian market

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 28, 2019

In their research paper, entitled State of Legal Innovation in the Australian market, authors Eric Chin, Graeme Grovum and Matthew Grace, from the Alpha Creates legal industry consulting firm, explain how the Australian legal sector is changing. They also reveal gaps in the market that are creating opportunities for innovative legal services providers. The Australian […]