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Q&A: Pip Nicholson – “We like to think of this course as something that is contributing to the public good.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 5, 2021

In our Q&A, Professor Pip Nicholson*, Dean of the Melbourne Law School at The University of Melbourne, explains the rationale for launching a new leadership and management course for mid-career lawyers and tells us why she thinks a law degree is so valuable.   The Melbourne Law School will launch a new Specialist Certificate in […]

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 […]

Time for firms to have a rethink on lawyer competence

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized]

Law firms need to start considering the competence of their lawyers in a way that goes beyond mere technical skills to include equally important factors such as their wellbeing and stability at home, writes Jordan Furlong. Suppose that a person has obtained a law degree from a recognized and accredited law school. Suppose further that […]

Latest news – Top talent the focus; Indigenous justice support; Missed opportunity with diversity

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] April 27, 2021

Talent management and wellbeing a priority for firms Developing strategies to retain talented employees is the highest priority for Australian law firms this year, according to the 2021 Australian Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey Report. The survey, which is compiled by the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), is drawn from the responses […]

ESG risk management – why law firms of all sizes should act now

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] March 25, 2021

Law firms ignore ESG risks at their peril and should, in fact, embrace this area of compliance as a potential point of competitive advantage for their business and implement a well-considered strategy that contributes to sustainability, writes Annette Beashel. The area of compliance known as ESG (environmental, social and governance) is a hot topic and […]

Waking up to ‘woke’ – analysing the MinterEllison email conflict

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

Controversy surrounding MinterEllison and its decision to advise Attorney-General Christian Porter raises questions about law firms’ client selection processes and the impact those choices could have on recruiting millennial and Gen Z talent in the years to come, writes Trish Carroll. A lot has been written in recent weeks about the email matter involving now-ex […]

Q&A: Roger Jepson – “It’s a great profession. You have to work hard, but that’s the same in every profession. Anything that is worthwhile requires commitment and dedication.”

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

In our Q&A, Roger Jepson, a recently retired partner and litigation specialist with Mills Oakley, reflects on the highlights of a career that spanned more than 45 years, and explains how a great culture and leadership have been behind the firm’s growth. You brought down the curtain late last year on a fantastic legal career. […]

Success = Ability + Stability + Affinity + Agility

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] March 24, 2021

At a time when there is pressure on law firms to deliver more than just high-quality legal services, they need to embrace and juggle four key elements of legal practice that can mean the difference between triumph and failure, writes Joel Barolsky. It’s remarkable how many law firms have flourished for years by focusing on […]

Latest news – Backing for RRR areas; ‘Breadcrumbing’ leaves bad taste; Top Australian law unis revealed

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] March 19, 2021

Law Council plan supports country communities The launch of the Law Council of Australia’s Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) National Strategic Plan 2021-2023, heralds the profession’s reinvigorated commitment to RRR lawyers. Speaking at the Cooma Court House, Law Council President Dr Jacoba Brasch QC said while close to 30 per cent of Australians lived in RRR […]