Technology

Time to upskill – are you prepared for the digital era?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] July 24, 2017

As the digital era has an impact on the legal profession, it is time to consider what skills lawyers will need to differentiate themselves and adapt to the changing times, writes Mark Andrews. The digital era, coupled with changing client expectations, puts particular pressure on lawyers in terms of their skills development. It is easy […]

How to nail the use of email and other communication tools

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Technology] June 28, 2017

Communication tools such as emails and meetings have their place in modern law firms, but they must be managed intelligently and used according to their strengths, writes Dermot Crowley. As the old saying goes, when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In terms of how we communicate in today’s workplace, our hammer […]

Latest news – Millennials value culture most when choosing firm; independent firms upbeat; AI likely to be biggest disruptor

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] June 2, 2017

Culture beats brand for millennials A law firm’s culture is the main factor for millennials when they are weighing up whether to accept a potential employer’s offer, according to a new international study. The report, called Minding the Gap: Do Today’s Associates Defy Generational Stereotypes, has been published by legal recruitment firm Major, Lindsey & […]

Put your firm on the road to telecommuting success

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Technology] April 29, 2017

In this edited excerpt from the book, Anywhere Working and the New Era of Telecommuting, co-author Yvette Blount discusses some of the factors to consider when a firm offers employees the chance to work flexibly via telecommuting. In Australia, organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Telstra, the Australian Stock Exchange, ANZ and Westpac have introduced flexible work policies […]

How to build a great culture and climb the productivity ladder

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Technology] March 7, 2017

The focus of management should be on creating a culture in which employees can concentrate on the work that will have the most positive impact on their firm and stop wasting their time because of poor work practices, writes Dermot Crowley. During the past 15 years I have worked in many organisations and firms with […]

Optimising client experiences: why little data is the next big thing

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] January 30, 2017

While many law firms are contemplating the impact of big data, they may be better off getting their heads around the analysis of ‘little data’ if they hope to streamline their businesses, writes Leticia Mooney. Your law firm accesses, and generates, a huge amount of data. In this respect, a law firm is much the […]

The perfect New Year’s resolution? I will do something on the tech front

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] January 17, 2017

As the new year gets under way, it is the ideal time to consider technology trends and what the legal sector can do about them to ensure 2017 is a year of positive change, writes Mark Andrews. During the last few weeks of 2016 and first few weeks of 2017, I have had quite a […]

Adaptation, not disruption, the big issue as law firms eye future

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] December 17, 2016

Law firms which resist the need to adapt in changing markets will hand a free pass to the alternative providers seeking to supersede them, writes Jordan Furlong. In a recent post, acclaimed law firm consultant Ron Friedmann poured cold water on the notion that large law firms are anywhere close to being ‘disrupted’, or in danger of losing […]

Latest news: Firms get serious on gender balance; Social media opportunities go begging; Cold shoulder for workplaces

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] December 11, 2016

Gender gap starts to close The latest edition of The Australian Financial Review’s Law Partnership Survey indicates that law firms are starting to make headway on the gender equality front. It shows that two-thirds of the 128 new partners appointed at the nation’s leading law firms in the past six months were women. There is […]

Latest news – Major firms back Law Council equality drive; private offices on the way out; knowledge workers in demand

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] November 5, 2016

Equality boost as firms embrace Law Council briefing policy The Law Council of Australia’s National Equitable Briefing Policy has received a major boost, with a large number of the nation’s leading large law firms, as well as three major corporations, signing up to a commitment to briefing women barristers. The new policy, launched this year, […]