People Management(HR)

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 […]

Latest news – Demand for female barristers; Change too much for many law firms; Technical skills trump soft skills

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] November 1, 2019

Recommendations starting to flow for female barristers Female barristers are starting to receive more briefs and are more often recommended for work by their colleagues in new or current matters, according to new Law Council of Australia data. But the Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy Annual Report 2017-18 shows that female barristers still lag behind male colleagues […]

How to promote and develop good leadership at your firm

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] September 17, 2019

Executives have to let go of some of the skills and practices that helped them to get to the top in the first place if they hope to become truly valuable leaders, writes Keegan Luiters. The best lawyers aren’t always the best people leaders. This scenario, whereby excellent technical performers are promoted to broader leadership […]

Latest news – SMEs choosy with law firms; Queensland barrister recognised; Lawyer satisfaction levels slump

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One in three SMEs happy to ditch lawyer More than a third of Australian small and medium-sized businesses are willing to seek the advice of a different legal adviser, according to NAB’s inaugural Australian Legal Services Industry Survey. The survey notes that SMEs rely on and value their current lawyers, but nevertheless they are quite […]