People Management(HR)

How to unlock the true power of diversity and inclusion

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] April 18, 2019

Implementing a truly effective diversity and inclusion strategy within a firm is more about creating the right culture and less about complying with laws or hosting diversity days, writes Leonie Green. Diversity and inclusion have been buzz words for a while now. Bigger firms and companies have dedicated resources focused on these two workplace phenomena, […]

Q&A: Kriss Will – “When people ask me how I’m enjoying retirement, I say I’m not retired, I’m just not able to work.”

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

In the second of a two-part Q&A, Kriss Will, a respected long-time HR consultant to law firms and the founder of Kriss Will Consulting, explains why it is important for law firm leaders to be decent, and how she maintains a “glass-half-full” approach despite having received a life-changing health diagnosis. You must have seen the […]

Q&A: Kriss Will – “Great workplaces are not just about who has the best wellness program; they’re about the people with whom you work”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] April 4, 2019

In the first of a two-part Q&A, Kriss Will, a respected long-time HR consultant to law firms and the founder of Kriss Will Consulting, shares her views on creating happy and productive workplaces, and why face-to-face networking can often be more effective than social media branding. Kriss, who has retired after being diagnosed with a […]

Latest news – Sexual harassment in crosshairs; Talent recruitment worries firms; GCs fear political, cyber risks

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 24, 2019

Law reform, cultural change the key to combating sexual harassment Cultural and structural change is as vital as legislative reform to combat sexual harassment in Australian workplaces and the legal profession, according to the Law Council of Australia. In its submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, […]

Latest news – Billable hour dominates invoicing; Leadership skills in demand; Diversity strategies don’t always deliver

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 4, 2019

Billable hour still rules at mid-market firms A new survey from Pitcher Partner reveals that, despite a shift towards alternative fee structures, the billable hour still dominates for certain law firms. The survey of 140 mid-market sized firms found that hourly rates make up 58 per cent of invoices, with fixed rates comprising 29 per […]

How team agreements can change your productivity culture

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] February 28, 2019

Efforts by law firm employees to improve their personal productivity outcomes can be wasted unless the productivity culture of the entire firm is addressed, writes Dermot Crowley. During the past few months, I have been working with a number of teams in a new and novel way. Traditionally, the work I do is focused on […]

The power of insourcing and how to build the future of your firm from within

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

While outsourcing has long been on the agenda for law firms seeking to lift their performance, smart managers should not ignore the advantages that insourcing can deliver for the firm and its employees, writes Kirsty McPhee. Outsourcing is an obvious, easy and practical solution for small and medium-sized law firms seeking additional support and non-legal […]

Q&A: Peter George – “Small firms can provide all the services of the big firms. Small is the new big.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] February 26, 2019

In our Q&A, Peter George, managing partner of Melbourne-based commercial law firm CIE Legal, explains why he thinks small firms are well placed to capitalise on disrupted legal markets; why decency should be on the radar for all firms; and why he loves planting trees. On the CIE Legal website you are described as the […]

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 […]