People Management(HR)

New mindsets and skills for lawyers for the age of AI

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] September 3, 2021

Old ways of thinking will not cut it for law firm leaders at a time when artificial intelligence is changing the legal landscape, while new skills such as curiosity and creativity will separate the best leaders from the pack, writes Daljit Singh. Several forces, including rapid technology advances and changing client needs, have led to […]

Q&A: Sean King – “If we picked a super traditional Times New Roman font for our brand, it wouldn’t match who we are and we’d confuse people.”

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

In our Q&A, Sean King, co-founder and director of Canberra-headquartered professional services firm Proximity, explains why an integrated service offering and multidisciplinary teams have been the driving force behind the business’s growth, and how a rebranding initiative has set the tone for the future. Formed in 2011, Proximity was a finalist in the New Law […]

Q&A: Bruce McFarlane – “In setting up BlueRock, our founder wanted the wealth to be shared between people.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 9, 2021

In our Q&A, Bruce McFarlane, CEO of the BlueRock Group and Managing Director of BlueRock Law, explains the growth benefits of a multidisciplinary firm and why the key to a successful future involves maintaining a fun culture.   BlueRock takes a holistic approach to professional services and the business spans more than 10 divisions across […]

Latest news – New funding help for women; Legal-tech budget woes; Revenue lift for small firms

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Technology] May 31, 2021

Funding boost welcome for legal assistance services The Law Council of Australia is pleased that the Australian Government has announced additional funding for Australia’s legal assistance sector, with a focus on improving access to justice for women and those experiencing mental health issues. Key funding measures in the 2021-22 Budget will provide a range of […]

Q&A: Leah Cameron – “What I’d love to see is more or our mob practising as lawyers in commercial sectors.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 30, 2021

In our Q&A, Leah Cameron, a Palawa woman and founder and principal solicitor of Marrawah Law, explains how being Indigenous shapes her approach to practising law, and what mainstream law firms can do to encourage more diverse participation in the legal profession. Marrawah Law was founded in 2013 and now has offices in Cairns, Brisbane, […]

Why wellbeing is more than just an HR issue

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

At a time when workplace wellbeing is in the spotlight more than ever before, law firm leaders and managers must acknowledge their role in creating positive working environments that will assist employees and their firms, writes Keegan Luiters. The social, economic and health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 12 months have brought […]

Sexual harassment in the legal industry: are we improving?

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

Besides taking the typical risk-mitigation steps to manage sexual harassment complaints in the workplace, law firm managers need to pursue a series of actionable measures to stamp out such troubling incidents, writes Leonie Green. We are told that one in four women experience sexual harassment at work, while working  within the Australian legal industry. That […]

Q&A: Pip Nicholson – “We like to think of this course as something that is contributing to the public good.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 5, 2021

In our Q&A, Professor Pip Nicholson*, Dean of the Melbourne Law School at The University of Melbourne, explains the rationale for launching a new leadership and management course for mid-career lawyers and tells us why she thinks a law degree is so valuable.   The Melbourne Law School will launch a new Specialist Certificate in […]

By design – why our work ‘place’ is more important than ever

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 30, 2021

The ‘place’ in which we work in a post-COVID-19 world will be every bit as significant as the three elements – people, process and technology – that have long been seen as keys to business success, writes Mark Andrews. Many readers will be familiar with the idea that ‘people’, ‘process’ and ‘technology’ are the trio […]

Time for firms to have a rethink on lawyer competence

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

Law firms need to start considering the competence of their lawyers in a way that goes beyond mere technical skills to include equally important factors such as their wellbeing and stability at home, writes Jordan Furlong. Suppose that a person has obtained a law degree from a recognized and accredited law school. Suppose further that […]