From in-person to remote to hybrid meetings – why the focus is shifting

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] November 6, 2021

Technology has come to the fore to facilitate better meetings during COVID-19, but we need to think about our behaviours and what we can do differently as we enter a permanently changed world of hybrid meetings, writes Mark Andrews. Have you found yourself sitting in a meeting room with two or three colleagues where you […]

Optimising your law firm with Microsoft 365

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Technology,Uncategorized] July 15, 2021

As law firms seek to solve workflow issues through the use of legal technology, it makes sense for them to better use tools with which they are already familiar, but which they probably haven’t been using to their full advantage, writes Graeme Grovum. Selecting legal technology for law firms can sometimes seem like dying of […]

Latest news – Domestic violence rethink; Move to limit cyber attacks; Spending focus on contract management software

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Technology] July 5, 2021

Legal profession leads change on domestic violence Domestic violence experts from across the country recently came together to take part in the Law Council of Australia’s National Roundtable on Family Violence: Awareness, Education and Training, to start a new discussion on how the legal profession may rethink its responses to and understanding of domestic and […]

Latest news – New funding help for women; Legal-tech budget woes; Revenue lift for small firms

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Technology] May 31, 2021

Funding boost welcome for legal assistance services The Law Council of Australia is pleased that the Australian Government has announced additional funding for Australia’s legal assistance sector, with a focus on improving access to justice for women and those experiencing mental health issues. Key funding measures in the 2021-22 Budget will provide a range of […]

By design – why our work ‘place’ is more important than ever

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] April 30, 2021

The ‘place’ in which we work in a post-COVID-19 world will be every bit as significant as the three elements – people, process and technology – that have long been seen as keys to business success, writes Mark Andrews. Many readers will be familiar with the idea that ‘people’, ‘process’ and ‘technology’ are the trio […]

Cyber extortion – a guide to your legal and ethical considerations

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

At a time when ransomware attacks are becoming more common and aggressive, law firms need to educate their employees about cyber risks and understand their professional obligations if they become a victim of hackers, writes Simone Herbert-Lowe. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that infects computers and makes data unreadable […]

Social engineering – the human factor in cyber risk

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,People Management(HR),Technology] September 23, 2020

Staff training to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats is essential for law firms at a time when scammers are using sophisticated social engineering strategies to steal data and carry out fraud, writes Simone Herbert-Lowe. Cybercrime is predicted to lead to the biggest transfer of wealth in human history. In Australia, cybersecurity incidents are estimated to […]

Beware the hidden costs of working from home

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] September 21, 2020

There are potential health and convenience benefits as a result of working from home during COVID-19, while law firms and in-house teams are also reporting surprising productivity gains. However, there are some disadvantages that team leaders have to factor in, writes Mark Andrews, an IT executive at Baker McKenzie. I want to start from a […]

Q&A: Matthew Karakoulakis – “If you can be clear about your process and control the events, you’re likely to get the outcome you want”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] July 31, 2020

In the first part of a two-part Q&A, AMK Law founder Matthew Karakoulakis explains why practising martial arts has been so important to his legal career, and how innovation is helping his clients. Why did you choose law as a career? “I grew up in Adelaide and knew from about the age of 10 that […]

Home truths for all after ransomware attack hits celebrity law firm

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Technology] May 28, 2020

A potentially costly ransomware attack on a major American law firm is a reminder for all firms to educate their employees about cyber risks at a time when more people are working on unsecured home networks during the COVID-19 crisis, writes Simone Herbert-Lowe. In recent months, the media has reported extensively on cyberattacks targeting companies […]