Q&A: Dominic Woolrych – “Whereas I used to have to beg lawyers to join our platform, now we easily get 20 applications a week”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] March 26, 2020

In our Q&A, Lawpath founder and CEO Dominic Woolrych explains how a relatively young company has become Australia’s leading legal software platform for businesses and individuals in the past six years; why he gave up the security of working for a big firm; and outlines his two key pieces of advice for  others wanting to […]

Latest news – Regulatory boom a money-maker; Systems issues a bugbear; Don’t miss survey deadline

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] February 24, 2020

Regulatory advice a windfall for top-tier firms Revenue from regulatory advice looks set to be the big money earner for some of the biggest Australian law firms in 2020, according to the 2020 round of the Financial Review Law Partnership Survey. On the back of a strong year in 2019 for such regulatory advice following […]

The 2020 dilemma – to hire a legal technology specialist or not

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Technology] January 29, 2020

Innovation, new technology adoption, security, continuous improvement, automation, AI, the robot lawyer – and so the list goes on. Does your law firm have the skills it needs to thrive, or do you need to bring in some expertise? What better time to consider this than the start of a new decade, writes Mark Andrews. […]

The insurance jigsaw puzzle – how different policies respond to cyber events and email fraud

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

Lawyers face more risks that most professionals because of their duties around managing money held in trust, so it is essential that firms understand their particular threats and take out appropriate insurance cover that can protect them from malicious attacks, writes Simone Herbert-Lowe. Snapshot: Lawyers’ professional indemnity policies usually provide broad coverage for third-party claims, […]

Latest news – Recruitment on agenda; Mind your language; Cyber smarts lacking

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Technology] December 26, 2019

Companies, firms to expand legal teams There are promising signs on the legal recruitment front in the United States. According to staffing firm Robert Half’s State of Legal Hiring research, more than half of American-based lawyers (54 per cent) said their company or law firm will expand its legal team in the first half of […]

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. […]