People Management(HR)

Humour at work – managing the risks without being a killjoy

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,People Management(HR)] July 16, 2018

It comes in many forms and can be a valuable way to break down barriers and lift the spirit of teams, but a true understanding of humour and how it can affect people within a law firm is essential, writes Ronwyn North. What is your approach to humour at work? Does your law practice have […]

Latest news – Snub for legal professionals; Poor sleep, poor productivity; Top mark for Melbourne Uni

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 29, 2018

Survey reveals lack of inclusiveness for legal professionals A new survey from the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association suggests legal business professionals who are not lawyers are having an increasingly significant impact on the delivery of legal services, but most law firms are not providing an inclusive workplace where these professionals can thrive. More than […]

Measuring the four Ps – how this move can add up to long-term success

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 18, 2018

Law firms need to communicate clearly with their ‘corporate athletes’ to understand what performance factors they should measure as part of a goal of producing high-achieving employees, writes Leonie Green. If what gets measured gets done (as the adage goes), then it pays to question, deeply, what we measure. And why. Firms will always need […]

Latest news – Legal salary rises set to be modest; Meeting breaches upset bosses; Lawyers expose clients to cybersecurity threats

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 4, 2018

In-house counsel lose pay-hike fight Lawyers in traditional firms are likely to score bigger pay rises in the next 12 months than their in-house counterparts, according to the 2018 Hays Salary Guide. Nevertheless, the report indicates that salary hikes across the legal sector will be modest overall. Hays says 11 per cent of law firms […]

Q&A: Jeremy Szwider – “Rather than billing time, we sell intellectual capital”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 2, 2018

In this Q&A, Bespoke founder and managing principal Jeremy Szwider discusses the motivation to set up a NewLaw firm in Australia in 2009, how the firm’s Outsourced In-house Counsel model works, and why value-based pricing makes sense. You set up Bespoke almost a decade ago. That must have taken some courage. “Courage is a good […]

The times are a changin’ – especially for HR

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] April 30, 2018

With profound changes occurring in the legal services landscape, a corresponding shift in the role of human resources teams will be required if law firms are to stay competitive, writes Joel Barolsky. Your firm’s HR team is at the epicentre of change. There are six major shifts in the practice and business of law that […]

A master class – 13 smart lessons that law firm leaders should heed

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] April 5, 2018

In our latest article covering the recent World Masters of Law Firm Management seminar in Sydney, we list some of Harvard Law School professor Heidi K. Gardner’s key takeaway messages that law firm leaders should consider. Cameron Cooper reports. Collaboration is no fad. Clients want simultaneous access to ‘super-specialised experts’ and a broader legal team. […]

Latest news – Call for access to justice for all; Big payoff for innovators; Mixed news for female lawyers

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] April 1, 2018

Law Council wants justice for the disadvantaged Some of Australia’s most disadvantaged people cannot get access to justice and urgent reform is needed, according to the Law Council of Australia. In an address to the National Press Club in March, Law Council President Morry Bailes released a progress report and three early recommendations from the Law Council’s […]

Q&A: Nick Nichola – “What’s important is to have people within the firm who understand that the really critical thing is how they behave as human beings.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 22, 2018

In this Q&A, K&L Gates Australia managing partner Nick Nichola discusses the firm’s growth prospects, the importance of innovation, and why he’s happy that the firm’s brand is aligned with the Australian Open tennis tournament. What’s your impression of the state of the legal market in Australia? “I’ve been around for a while and the […]

Latest news – Most firms fail the ‘first impression’ test; Gender citation for 17 law firms; Ups and downs for lawyer recruitment

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 2, 2018

First impressions a worry for many law firms Nine out of 10 Australian law firms fail the ‘first impression test’, according to client experience research firm CXINLAW in its 2018 benchmark research. In the report, called First Impressions Convert: Increasing Profitability from the First Touch Point, the research found that 88 per cent of initial-enquiry […]