Strategy & Leadership

From zero to hero – how investors are driving the LegalTech market

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] September 2, 2019

With the LegalTech industry growing in participant numbers and influence in the Australian market, researchers Eric Chin, Ben Armstrong and David Bushby explain the growth of the market, how it is being funded and what we can expect next. LegalTech has moved into the mainstream consciousness of the legal sector. But what exactly is it? […]

Latest news – ‘Freewheeling’ managers flunk hiring test; Spotlight on national security laws; MinterEllison tops ‘attractiveness’ rankings

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] August 29, 2019

Lack of management structure hurts hiring outcomes A “freewheeling” approach to management is likely to result in poorer hiring and firing results, according to new research from MIT Sloan. In a paper, entitled Building a Productive Workforce: The Role of Structured Management, the researchers consider how personnel-management practices relate to HR outcomes and workforce productivity. […]

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 […]

Cyber threats a unique form of professional risk for lawyers

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] July 31, 2019

With law firms facing unprecedented risks because of cyber fraud and the online theft of confidential information, lawyers must take action to safeguard information security and live up to their duty of confidentiality, writes Simone Herbert-Lowe.  Cybercrime is challenging organisations everywhere, with daily news stories about businesses, government organisations and even global IT companies that […]

Q&A: Jessica Kinny: “We all seem to ‘innovate’ at a glacial pace and as a pack”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] July 24, 2019

In our Q&A, Jessica Kinny, solicitor director and founder of Kinny Legal, explains why she has relished charting her own course as an aged care, retirement and health law specialist, how ‘fear setting’ has helped her life and business, and why she thinks lawyers should take more risks. Some industry analysts believe sole practitioner firms […]

A survival guide: Juggling a newborn and the launch of a legal tech project

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] July 10, 2019

In this case study, Catherine Brooks explains how she managed to keep the rollout of a new legal platform on track despite disruptions caused by being in the last stages of pregnancy in the early development phase, and then having a newborn to manage around launch time. The ideas stage  I remember that first meeting, […]

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 […]

Latest news – Workplace shake-up crucial to diversity; Directors lack confidence on tech changes; Leaders fear regulatory reforms

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 30, 2019

Flexible work culture the key to diversity in law Nine out of 10 people believe a flexible working culture is critical to improving diversity in the legal profession, according to new research. In the Law Society of England and Wales report, entitled Advocating for Change: Transforming the Future of the Legal Profession Through Greater Gender […]

Staff turnover hurts, but beware of keeping people at all costs

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] June 25, 2019

Efforts to minimise employee turnover may be counter-productive because the truth is that some people may not be the right match for a particular firm, while the investment in them may outweigh their benefits to the practice, writes Rob Knowsley. Readers will have noted that a lot of commentary within the profession focuses on the […]