People Management(HR)

Want to stay on top? It’s time to take your leadership development vertical

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 3, 2020

In a fast-changing business world, it is no longer enough for our leaders to simply take their firms along the same tried-and-true path when the focus should be on providing real guidance that helps those enterprises navigate a different route, writes Keegan Luiters. A 2017 report from professional services firm BDO states that the “almost […]

Q&A: Carly Stebbing – “The bigger firms have more to be concerned about than smaller firms in this technological era”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] February 28, 2020

In our Q&A, Resolution123 founder and principal Carly Stebbing discusses her passion for helping employees access affordable legal justice; how she encourages a culture of innovation at her firm; and why she thinks smaller firms are well placed to thrive as technology disrupts the legal sector. Your employment law firm represents employees only. How is […]

Latest news – Regulatory boom a money-maker; Systems issues a bugbear; Don’t miss survey deadline

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] February 24, 2020

Regulatory advice a windfall for top-tier firms Revenue from regulatory advice looks set to be the big money earner for some of the biggest Australian law firms in 2020, according to the 2020 round of the Financial Review Law Partnership Survey. On the back of a strong year in 2019 for such regulatory advice following […]

The big risk factors with flexible working – and how to manage them

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,People Management(HR)] February 16, 2020

Workplace flexibility has become a seemingly non-negotiable offering for employees in the legal services sector, but this trend comes with risks that have to be addressed or mitigated through smart management, writes Merinda Timpany. In the year 2020, management teams understand that workplaces need to offer flexible working options to our people. This is especially […]

How collaboration and contra can pay off for smart law firms

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR)] January 13, 2020

A modern twist on contra deals, whereby knowledge-sharing and assisting other law firms becomes the norm, is a viable way for businesses to improve their bottom line and enhance innovation, writes Catherine Brooks. I recently went to my local hairdresser and begged her to fit me in for a last-minute appointment as I managed to […]

Latest news – Recruitment on agenda; Mind your language; Cyber smarts lacking

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] December 26, 2019

Companies, firms to expand legal teams There are promising signs on the legal recruitment front in the United States. According to staffing firm Robert Half’s State of Legal Hiring research, more than half of American-based lawyers (54 per cent) said their company or law firm will expand its legal team in the first half of […]

Mastering the art of conversation a must for good leaders

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] November 27, 2019

Engaging in quality conversations with team members can improve the performance of staff and the profitability of the firm, but remember that the types of conversations you have can vary dramatically depending on the particular person and their experience, writes Keegan Luiters. The scope of responsibility of leaders in law firms generally includes (and exceeds) […]

Your firm’s leadership pipeline – some tips to make it flow better

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] November 15, 2019

Creating a pool of competent future leaders in your law firm requires clarity around the expected qualities and competencies of the candidates, as well as transparency around the route to the top, writes Leonie Green. According to Google’s dictionary, a pipeline is “a long pipe, typically underground, for conveying oil, gas, etc over long distances”. […]

Q&A: John Nerurker – “The better the quality of your people, the better placed the firm will be to respond to any form of disruption”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] November 14, 2019

In the second installment of a two-part Q&A, Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker explains his belief that national firms have an edge over multinational counterparts; why being the cheapest firm does not necessarily represent value for clients; and how his firm’s model outperforms a lockstep model.   Mills Oakley has a national presence only at […]

It’s time to talk – re-personalizing law firm culture

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] November 6, 2019

Rather than focusing on how to eject under-performing partners from a firm, the onus on true leaders is to ascertain why the partners are struggling and how to rectify the situation, writes Jordan Furlong. I was contacted the other day by someone who had run into a challenge while drafting a partnership agreement for their […]