People Management(HR)

Q&A: Roger Jepson – “It’s a great profession. You have to work hard, but that’s the same in every profession. Anything that is worthwhile requires commitment and dedication.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 25, 2021

In our Q&A, Roger Jepson, a recently retired partner and litigation specialist with Mills Oakley, reflects on the highlights of a career that spanned more than 45 years, and explains how a great culture and leadership have been behind the firm’s growth. You brought down the curtain late last year on a fantastic legal career. […]

Latest news – Backing for RRR areas; ‘Breadcrumbing’ leaves bad taste; Top Australian law unis revealed

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 19, 2021

Law Council plan supports country communities The launch of the Law Council of Australia’s Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) National Strategic Plan 2021-2023, heralds the profession’s reinvigorated commitment to RRR lawyers. Speaking at the Cooma Court House, Law Council President Dr Jacoba Brasch QC said while close to 30 per cent of Australians lived in RRR […]

Latest news – Pro bono record for Australian firms; Graduates acknowledge Allens; Employees value culture most of all

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 1, 2021

Firms report record number of pro bono hours The Australian legal profession is performing more pro bono work than ever before, despite the turmoil caused by COVID-19. According to the 7th National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey, respondents in 2020 reported performing a record 457,216.4 hours of pro bono legal work, and the highest recorded […]

Learning and development 2021 – breaking it down and building us up

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Uncategorized] February 20, 2021

As the year unfolds, firms should be flexible with their learning and development planning and ensure that they listen to feedback and adapt and improve any initiatives along the way, writes Leonie Green.   My daughter recently started high school. I had expected a bit of an adjustment in the first week or two, but […]

World Masters – Colin Jasper, principal of Positive Pricing: “The easiest thing to do is to compete on price, but as soon as we do that we focus less and less on the creation of value.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR)] December 7, 2020

In a recent World Masters of Law Firm Management webinar, Positive Pricing principal Colin Jasper answered the big questions for firms struggling to get their pricing right. In this edited summary of the session, he provides tips for leadership teams and partners to follow. Why is pricing so important for law firms? There is a […]

Fixed v flex – focus on balancing your workload and ‘lifeload’ in 2021

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] November 28, 2020

As the world (hopefully) discovers an effective vaccine and emerges from the coronavirus crisis in 2021, law firms should ramp up rather than scale back internal conversations about the importance of balancing work and life, writes Leonie Green. In our workforce planning for 2021, we need to consider what we have learned during 2020 about […]

In a VUCA world, leaders must know they don’t have all the answers

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] October 30, 2020

Legal practices that have been effective and sufficient in the past risk becoming ineffective and inefficient as a result of COVID-19-related changes unless their leaders can let go of being the experts, writes Keegan Luiters. You may be familiar with the acronym VUCA. It stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. The term has been […]

Risk training – you have to do it, but are you wasting your time and money?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership]

There is a clear role for risk-management training to contribute to better performance and culture within law firms, but it has to be part of a broader risk and compliance framework, writes Annette Beashel. There is a lot of money, time and effort being spent on risk training for law firms. Most continuing legal education […]

Latest news – In-house counsel key to COVID-19 response; Top-tier firms in mental health initiative; Positives among pandemic gloom

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

Corporations turn to in-house counsel during pandemic A new report from legal recruitment firm Taylor Root indicates that corporations are relying heavily on their legal departments during COVID-19. The 2020 Global In-House Market Report & COVID-19 Impact Survey found that 66 per cent of the general counsel/heads of legal respondents were actively involved with crisis […]

Q&A: Emma Zadow – “You’re pushing and cajoling lawyers to get them out in the marketplace, to be talking to clients, to be selling.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] October 2, 2020

In our Q&A, The Fold Legal chief executive officer Emma Zadow explains how a people-first approach has helped the firm deliver a great client experience and create an excellent place to work. How is the market for The Fold Legal at the moment, especially given uncertainties around COVID-19? When the pandemic really hit in April, […]