People Management(HR)

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

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

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 […]

How to become, and remain, a small law firm employer of choice

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] August 28, 2019

While smaller law firms often bemoan their inability to recruit the sort of elite talent they desire, they actually have a rare opportunity to turn this around if they pursue smart strategies, writes Rob Knowsley. I recently set aside some quality time to write this fifth article in my series* for ALMJ and had been […]

Q&A: Paul Flanagan: “Professional women are relying on exercise as their ‘go to’ stress-management strategy but, on its own, it doesn’t defuse stress at high-pressure levels.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] August 26, 2019

In our Q&A, Paul Flanagan, a clinical psychologist and board member of Executive Health Solutions, considers the mental health issues facing the legal profession; explains why female lawyers aged 30 to 40 are faring the worst; and offers advice on how law firms and their lawyers can combat stress and achieve a happier work and […]

The balancing game of bonuses – carrot, stick, chicken or egg?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR)] August 14, 2019

Law firms continue to use bonus arrangements to reward and provide incentives for employees, but management needs to weigh up the real impact they may or may not have – while remembering that motivating factors can vary from person to person, writes Leonie Green. I remember many years ago in a meeting with one of […]

Q&A: Mary Digiglio – “Employees must feel safe to raise concerns they have about behaviour that might be coming from more senior people.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] July 3, 2019

In our Q&A, Mary Digiglio, managing partner of Swaab and a board member of the Minds Count Foundation, explains why wellness programs can only be successful if they are incorporated as part of the culture of the practice. You were recently named Wellness Advocate of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year […]