People Management(HR)

Q&A: Peter Bobbin – “Operational decisions are put to the partnership and you end up with mediocrity in decision-making”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] September 25, 2017

In this Q&A, Argyle Lawyers managing principal Peter Bobbin explains the rationale behind splitting legal and management roles; how his firm is moving to a new profit-sharing model; and why the billable hour remains a crucial business tool. When you became managing principal of Argyle Lawyers in 1995, you immediately sought independent management for the […]

12 principles to put you on the path to team success

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] September 14, 2017

In this excerpt from his upcoming book, Smart Teams, Dermot Crowley outlines a strategy for law firms to empower their teams and deliver stronger productivity and higher morale. I have had the pleasure of raising my son, Finn, during the past 16 years. As with any teenager, he can create challenges from time to time, […]

Four behaviours to help you future-proof your leadership style

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] August 19, 2017

Traditional leadership styles may not be effective as firms try to build a strong culture and compete for talent in an era when demographic change has transformed the workplace, writes Kylie Wright-Ford. We are in an era where changing demographics – millennials will soon make up 50 per cent of the workforce – and advancing […]

How to make managing the wellbeing of employees a walk in the park

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] August 10, 2017

Promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace can lead to productivity gains, but it requires cultural changes and constant attention to the needs and potential problems of employees, writes Leonie Green. Without making light of it, we need to think of managing wellbeing at work as more akin to a walk in the park than […]

7 ways to create a high-performance culture

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 8, 2017

Drawing on her experience as a dual Olympian and more than 15 years as a human resources manager, Fiona Crawford outlines the keys to creating a high-performance culture for law firms.  1. Define what you are trying to achieve ‘High performance’ is a trendy term used by managers and human resources professionals seeking to improve the […]

How to nail the use of email and other communication tools

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Technology] June 28, 2017

Communication tools such as emails and meetings have their place in modern law firms, but they must be managed intelligently and used according to their strengths, writes Dermot Crowley. As the old saying goes, when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In terms of how we communicate in today’s workplace, our hammer […]

Q&A: Jordan Furlong – “Very few firms are giving their youngest lawyers active client exposure and responsibility”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 17, 2017

In this Q&A, Law21 founder Jordan Furlong, the author of a report for legal resourcing business Lawyers on Demand called The Rise of the Millennial Lawyer, considers the repercussions for law firms of the growing power of millennials as lawyers and clients. Your report indicates that millennials are already having a significant impact on the […]

Overcoming cognitive bias a smart way to foster innovation

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 14, 2017

As law firms strive to become more innovative, their CEOs and managers need to create an environment in which existing biases are challenged and new ideas are not prematurely judged, writes Dr Jenny Brockis. “We need new ideas!” “We want our staff to be more innovative!” These are just a couple of the common catch-cries […]

Low wages growth, more employee flexibility, paralegals in demand – a snapshot of law firm trends

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 6, 2017

Some of the key challenges facing Australian law firms have been revealed in the 2017 ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey Report. More than 285 law firms employing more than 9600 staff completed the survey. About 20 per cent of responses came from each of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, […]

Food for thought as firms serve up performance reviews

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 27, 2017

Before ditching performance reviews, law firms should assess what they are really trying to achieve through such feedback processes and put in place measures to ensure they are effective, writes Leonie Green. At this time of year, many firms are getting ready for performance reviews – often with dread, sometimes with frustration (do I really […]