People Management(HR)

Q&A: Fay Calderone – “We are finally starting to realise that to get more women into leadership roles in the workplace, we need to get more men out of it.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] September 15, 2018

In this Q&A, Hall & Wilcox employment lawyer and Flexible Working Day Ambassador Fay Calderone explains why she loves the human element of law; why flexible work practices can benefit all firms; and why men need to play their part in the evolution of employment structures. Given the closure earlier this year of your former […]

The one question you should ask at work today: Are you okay?

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

Building strong and supportive relationships within the workplace is the key to addressing alarmingly high levels of mental health issues in the legal sector, but it requires leadership and a compassionate culture, writes Leonie Green. The statistics on depression and anxiety in the legal profession have been cited for some time now – in fact, […]

10 reasons why culture eats strategy for breakfast

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

Despite talk about the importance of embracing disruptive business models, success for law firms is more likely to come from cultural differentiation rather than market differentiation, writes Joel Barolsky. During the past three years, I have worked with three professional service firms that have outperformed their peers. Despite operating in hyper-competitive markets, they have consistently […]

Why you should aim for ‘100 per cent fewer meetings’

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] August 8, 2018

In the second of a two-part series in this excerpt from his book, Smart Teams: How to Work Better Together, author and productivity thought leader Dermot Crowley provides advice on how to reduce the number of meetings at law firms, and improve the productivity of meetings which do go ahead. I am a bit tired […]

Latest news – Sign up for World Masters seminar; Businesses ‘not ready’ for crises; Milestone for women barristers

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 31, 2018

World Masters puts spotlight on differentiation Respected American author and marketing professional Tim Williams will help leaders embrace strategies to differentiate their firms from others when he addresses the World Masters of Law Firm Management workshop in Sydney in September. To be held on September 18 at the offices of Allens at Level 28, Deutsche […]

Q&A: Heidi Nash-Smith – “Pro bono is a wonderful thing and as lawyers we have a unique skillset that can really help a lot of people.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 30, 2018

In this Q&A, Wotton + Kearney pro bono leader Heidi Nash-Smith reflects on being named the Lawyers Weekly Pro Bono Partner of The Year; how smaller firms can overcome resources shortages to give back to the community; and why running marathons has been a good fit for her professional career.  Congratulations on being named Pro […]

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 […]