People Management(HR)

No parental leave? No worries (in an era of alternative work arrangements)!

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] February 1, 2019

Juggling the demands of a newborn baby and challenging legal work is only possible if employees communicate clearly with management and set in place some strict personal guidelines to get both jobs done, writes Catherine Brooks. While the advocates continue to champion for parental leave, there’s a cohort of people who will elect not to […]

Latest news – Top-tier firms see the positives; Report urges rethink of law firm model, UK law grads hit pay dirt

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] January 27, 2019

Bullish outlook for top-tier Australian firms Sentiment among legal practices, especially top-tier firms, is “exceptionally positive”, according to the latest edition of the CommBank Legal Market Pulse. The annual analysis of the trends shaping the legal services industry in Australia turns the spotlight on the way in which firms are future-proofing their operations in response […]

Q&A: Andrea Michaels – You’re a good lawyer, but how do you rank as a business or people person?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] January 24, 2019

In our Q&A, NDA Law founder and managing director Andrea Michaels explains how she wants to break down barriers between budget-conscious clients and the law; why she doesn’t believe in time-based billing; and how she came up with a novel name for the South Australian firm.   Since opening its doors in 2015, NDA Law […]

People power to the fore as firms ponder 2019 and beyond

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] January 20, 2019

From the implications of the #MeToo movement to the impact of internal workplace issues, the year ahead shapes as a critical one for law firms as they fine-tune their people strategies, writes Leonie Green. As we enter a new year, it’s a good time to consider what has changed in the past 12 months and […]

Q&A: Tamsin Webster – “It’s important to try hard, but to leave work at work and not dwell on your mistakes.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] December 24, 2018

In this Q&A, Maddocks Senior Associate Tamsin Webster comments on her passion for pro bono work; her recognition as Young Lawyer of the Year; and the lessons from senior lawyers that she is now passing on to others. Congratulations on your recent Young Lawyer of the Year award from the Law Council of Australia for […]

Why your firm should treat client complaints as a Christmas gift

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] December 13, 2018

Rather than viewing client complaints as an affront to your firm and your lawyers, it is time to treat such feedback as a gift that can build stronger client-firm relationships, writes Trish Carroll. Complaints are a form of useful feedback. Proactively eliciting and acting on client feedback is a great way of receiving complaint ‘gifts’. […]

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.”

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

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 […]