People Management(HR)

Latest news – Young lawyer in pro bono honour; Firms neglect cybersecurity training; ‘Substantial’ tech spending for UK firms

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] November 29, 2018

Maddocks lawyer wins pro bono gong Melbourne lawyer Tamsin Webster, 32, has won the 2018 Australian Young Lawyer Award for her continuous and outstanding contribution to the legal profession and the community through pro bono work. Webster joined Maddocks as a graduate in 2011 and immediately immersed herself in the pro bono and volunteering opportunities […]

Q&A: Marianne Marchesi – “I’d been frustrated with the more traditional way of doing things in law and I realised if I wanted to do it differently I had to do it myself.”

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In this Q&A, Legalite founder and principal lawyer Marianne Marchesi comments on why she wants to empower women and other lawyers; explains how her firm has achieved a swag of awards; and outlines the reasons for embracing fixed fees. You started the firm almost two years ago as a sole practitioner. Can it be challenging, […]

The relationship between profits and fair, reasonable and proportionate fees

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR)] November 22, 2018

Poor management of human resources at a time when flexible work has come to the fore is a key issue that hinders law firm profitability, but there are ways to ensure that fair fees and reasonable profits are mutually attainable, writes Rob Knowsley. Most lawyers and practice managers understand their professional obligation to charge fair, […]

Q&A: Henry Kalus – “There’s no point having lawyers who work from 7 o’clock in the morning until 10 at night and who have no private life and are miserable.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] October 26, 2018

In this Q&A, Kalus Kenny Intelex founder Henry Kalus explains why putting people before profits is crucial for a firm’s success; why his embrace of flexible work practices is a throwback to his childhood; and why there are synergies between owning race horses and running a law firm. You recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of […]

Q&A: Fay Calderone – “We are finally starting to realise that to get more women into leadership roles in the workplace, we need to get more men out of it.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] September 15, 2018

In this Q&A, Hall & Wilcox employment lawyer and Flexible Working Day Ambassador Fay Calderone explains why she loves the human element of law; why flexible work practices can benefit all firms; and why men need to play their part in the evolution of employment structures. Given the closure earlier this year of your former […]

The one question you should ask at work today: Are you okay?

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Building strong and supportive relationships within the workplace is the key to addressing alarmingly high levels of mental health issues in the legal sector, but it requires leadership and a compassionate culture, writes Leonie Green. The statistics on depression and anxiety in the legal profession have been cited for some time now – in fact, […]

10 reasons why culture eats strategy for breakfast

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Despite talk about the importance of embracing disruptive business models, success for law firms is more likely to come from cultural differentiation rather than market differentiation, writes Joel Barolsky. During the past three years, I have worked with three professional service firms that have outperformed their peers. Despite operating in hyper-competitive markets, they have consistently […]

Why you should aim for ‘100 per cent fewer meetings’

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] August 8, 2018

In the second of a two-part series in this excerpt from his book, Smart Teams: How to Work Better Together, author and productivity thought leader Dermot Crowley provides advice on how to reduce the number of meetings at law firms, and improve the productivity of meetings which do go ahead. I am a bit tired […]

Latest news – Sign up for World Masters seminar; Businesses ‘not ready’ for crises; Milestone for women barristers

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 31, 2018

World Masters puts spotlight on differentiation Respected American author and marketing professional Tim Williams will help leaders embrace strategies to differentiate their firms from others when he addresses the World Masters of Law Firm Management workshop in Sydney in September. To be held on September 18 at the offices of Allens at Level 28, Deutsche […]

Q&A: Heidi Nash-Smith – “Pro bono is a wonderful thing and as lawyers we have a unique skillset that can really help a lot of people.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 30, 2018

In this Q&A, Wotton + Kearney pro bono leader Heidi Nash-Smith reflects on being named the Lawyers Weekly Pro Bono Partner of The Year; how smaller firms can overcome resources shortages to give back to the community; and why running marathons has been a good fit for her professional career.  Congratulations on being named Pro […]