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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 […]

Q&A: Leah Cameron – “What I’d love to see is more or our mob practising as lawyers in commercial sectors.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 30, 2021

In our Q&A, Leah Cameron, a Palawa woman and founder and principal solicitor of Marrawah Law, explains how being Indigenous shapes her approach to practising law, and what mainstream law firms can do to encourage more diverse participation in the legal profession. Marrawah Law was founded in 2013 and now has offices in Cairns, Brisbane, […]

Annual rate setting – is it time to rethink your firm’s approach?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership]

A time-honoured approach to rate setting within law firms often has a negative impact on profitability, but a change of mindset and methodology can turn things around, writes Colin Jasper. When it comes to setting rates for the new financial year, most firms have a well-established process. This may involve some competitive benchmarking, an assessment […]

Why wellbeing is more than just an HR issue

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

At a time when workplace wellbeing is in the spotlight more than ever before, law firm leaders and managers must acknowledge their role in creating positive working environments that will assist employees and their firms, writes Keegan Luiters. The social, economic and health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 12 months have brought […]

Sexual harassment in the legal industry: are we improving?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership]

Besides taking the typical risk-mitigation steps to manage sexual harassment complaints in the workplace, law firm managers need to pursue a series of actionable measures to stamp out such troubling incidents, writes Leonie Green. We are told that one in four women experience sexual harassment at work, while working  within the Australian legal industry. That […]

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 […]