People Management(HR)

Why mastering the ‘humble swagger’ should be a priority for leaders

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] June 25, 2019

Finding a balance between confidence and humility is a complex pursuit for law firm leaders, but it is one they must consider if they hope to be effective in modern markets, writes Keegan Luiters. Many leaders in professional services such as law rise to their leadership roles through their technical ability or their ability to […]

Are law firms fighting a war for talent, or a war for trust?

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As law firms seek to recruit the best millennial talent to thrive in the future, they should ensure that they build trusted relationships with their employees, clients and the community, writes Trish Carroll. According to the CommBank 2018 Legal Market Pulse Report, released in December last year, the war for talent continues. Going by the […]

Q&A: David Sharrock – “I see myself as a hope bearer and my main challenge is to keep hope alive by caring deeply for those around me.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 19, 2019

In our Q&A, David Sharrock, managing principal of Melbourne firm Sharrock Pitman Legal and author of the new book, Fighting for Enterprise Success: Through the Eye of the Tiger, outlines why he put pen to paper and reveals some of the key elements of law firm success. Your book draws from more than 40 years […]

Perfect retreat more than just a meet and greet

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 16, 2019

A successful corporate retreat for partners and employees requires considerable planning so it can be used as an opportunity to shape the strategy of the firm rather than simply being an expensive exercise that has minimal long-term impact, writes Joel Barolsky. Are you planning to run a partners’ retreat, or a conference for the team? […]

Latest news – General counsel ‘on the defensive’; Skills shift for law librarians; Recruitment tips for greater diversity

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 29, 2019

Royal commission a wakeup call for GCs New research shows that, in the aftermath of the banking royal commission, 48 per cent of general counsel in Australia are looking to redesign their working practices. The State of Australian Corporate Law Departments Report 2019, produced by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with UK legal research firm Acritas, […]

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.”

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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 […]