File these tips away and add value to your firm

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] May 30, 2019

Filing is an underrated and sometimes dull task within legal practices that is only noticed when something goes wrong, so make sure you implement smart planning and processes in this crucial management area, writes Kirsty McPhee. Filing is an important and necessary skill for anyone working in the legal industry. Poor filing costs a firm […]

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, […]

Eight forces shaping legal innovation in the Australian market

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 28, 2019

In their research paper, entitled State of Legal Innovation in the Australian market, authors Eric Chin, Graeme Grovum and Matthew Grace, from the Alpha Creates legal industry consulting firm, explain how the Australian legal sector is changing. They also reveal gaps in the market that are creating opportunities for innovative legal services providers. The Australian […]

Why law firms need to think differently – and smarter – about AI

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] January 20, 2019

A new conversation is required within law firms about artificial intelligence to ensure lawyers understand the tasks it can truly tackle, in turn allowing firms and their clients to benefit from this disruptive force, writes Jordan Furlong. We need a new way to talk about artificial intelligence in the law. I am seeing a lot […]

Q&A: Mike Johnstone – “The scammers use all sorts of tricks to take advantage of the good nature of people.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Technology] September 5, 2018

In this Q&A, Edith Cowan University cybersecurity expert Associate Professor Mike Johnstone discusses the latest security threats law firms must combat; how to overcome password vulnerabilities; and why employing cybersecurity experts is not needed at most firms. In your research with colleagues at Edith Cowan University’s Security Research Institute, a survey of lawyers (see results […]

Three LegalTech strategies for law firms to consider

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Technology,Uncategorized] August 23, 2018

As clients demand better technology-driven solutions, law firms will have to decide when and how to engage with LegalTech providers, writes Eric Chin. Headline-grabbing articles such as “Machines are going to replace lawyers”, or “Robo-lawyers are here to take your jobs” have become du jour in the legal industry. In the midst of the buzz […]

You love your firm’s technology tools … but are they what your clients want?

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

Much of the discourse about new technologies centres on how they can be used within firms, but there is a danger in not being sufficiently client centric in our approaches to such technology, writes Mark Andrews. If technology helps us to be more efficient in the practise of law, it seems reasonably intuitive that this […]

Email doesn’t have to be a burden (so please read this message)

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Technology] June 4, 2018

We take email for granted in modern law firms, but without effective management practices to use this tool intelligently it can hurt productivity, health and work-life balance, writes Kirsty McPhee. Email is a fast, easy and cheap communication tool. Or is it? Some argue that it is the best thing to happen to modern business. […]

A battle of wills and skills – how your firm can help clients manage tech

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 25, 2018

A battle of wills and skills – how your firm can help clients manage tech disruption At a time when clients are grappling with technology disruption and demanding that their advisors truly understand their business, law firms have an opportunity to ramp up their role as an adviser and commercial confidant, writes Mark Andrews. Progressive […]

Why friction in the workplace will inevitably sink your productivity

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 10, 2018

In this excerpt from his new book, Smart Teams: How to Work Better Together, Dermot Crowley outlines some of the damaging actions that can cause friction in a workplace and the impact they can have on the productivity of teams. While some of our work is done alone, most of it involves working with others. […]