Lawyerless law – is that what this new decade holds?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] December 19, 2019

The rise and rise of technology companies such as Amazon, Uber and Airbnb has conditioned people to getting fast, efficient service with minimal human interaction – and law firms cannot ignore such trends if they hope to stay relevant in the future, writes Trish Carroll. Do you remember the high drama associated with ringing in […]

Email faux pas – how to avoid and respond to message blunders

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Technology] November 27, 2019

Most office staff use email every day, but the ubiquitous nature of this important work tool can lead to careless behaviour that threatens a firm and its clients if there are not protocols and procedures in place to minimise risks, writes Merinda Timpany. You have drafted the email, you’ve clicked ‘send’ and … OH NO! […]

How toolkits and checklists can increase efficiency and profits

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Technology,Uncategorized] November 2, 2019

You can work more efficiently by creating toolkits and checklists that guide your workflows and put relevant forms and pro-forma documents at your fingertips, writes Kirsty McPhee. Toolkits and checklists can be invaluable workflow instruments. How do you develop them in-house, though? Or which commercial providers can be trusted? And how can you effectively use […]

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 […]

Q&A: Simon Marmot: “Make your (marketing) story a human one, rather than a corporate one”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] September 29, 2019

In our Q&A, Simon Marmot, strategy director at design and digital marketing agency Marmot Inc. Marketing, explains why law firms need to consider implementing a digital marketing strategy; the secret to content creation; and how to avoid wasting money on campaigns. Some law firms seem to be wary of marketing generally, and digital marketing especially. […]

Is your legal practice feeling uncomfortable? Well, get used to it

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] September 18, 2019

In the face of innovative technology platforms that will redefine the way legal services are provided, law firms must not make the same mistake as big banks and abandon the advantages that trusted relationships have long delivered, writes Trish Carroll. In today’s world of disruption, get comfortable being uncomfortable. That was the headline of a […]

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? […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]