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Latest news – Office space shrinking; Revenue falls for law firms; Legal assistance coup

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] July 22, 2020

Law firm offices shrink as COVID-19 hits home COVID-19 appears to be accelerating the shift towards law firms with smaller office footprints. While many law firms had already been downsizing their offices before the pandemic hit, the shift to working from home may be fast-tracking that process. According to a survey conducted by commercial real […]

Q&A: Roger Blow – “To be able make personal calls on how you work is a freedom you can only really get by having your own gig.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 29, 2020

In our Q&A, Cove Legal founder and practice director Roger Blow explains why he is cautious about his boutique firm growing; how he tries to be brutally honest if something goes wrong with a legal matter; and why participating in cycling and music makes his life a whole lot better.   First thing first, how […]

Lessons from NewLaw firms on handling the COVID-19 crisis

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

The agility of NewLaw firms has been clearly demonstrated during the COVID-19 crisis and presents lessons that traditional law firms would be wise to learn and implement, writes Catherine Brooks. With the COVID-19 outbreak and the requirement to work from home, law firms have been quickly forced to pivot and set up systems to try […]

As the world changes, workplace teams need to change with it

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] June 27, 2020

In a business world where well-functioning teams are considered crucial to competitiveness, the leaders of many law firms should ensure they better understand the evolution of teams and how they can increase productivity, writes Keegan Luiters. In 2013, accounting firm EY surveyed 821 executives from 14 countries, with 89 per cent of respondents agreeing that […]

Why delegation and supervision should be on your firm’s agenda

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

Supervision requirements are often seen as a drain on potential fee-earning within law firms, but it is a legal requirement that can deliver real value and advantages if done correctly, writes Merinda Timpany. We know why we need to supervise our teams, but sometimes it is easier said than done. That challenge has become even […]

Latest news – Law degree fees under fire; Lawyers of colour ‘undervalued’; Workers reflect amid pandemic

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Law Council critical of fee hikes for law degrees Law Council of Australia President Pauline Wright has expressed disappointment over the recent announcement of rising fees for law degrees. “While the lower fees announced by the government for STEM subjects will be greatly appreciated – especially by those with inclination and talents in those fields […]

Q&A: Stipe Vuleta – “It’s hard not to be motivated to do the job when you put positive energy out there and everybody in the organisation gives it back 10-fold.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership] May 30, 2020

In our Q&A, Chamberlains Law Firm managing director Stipe Vuleta outlines the pressures and rewards of being a younger business leader; he tells us how his firm takes a unique approach to recruitment and retention; and he explains why he views the debate between value-based and fixed-fee pricing as superficial. At 30, you are one […]

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 […]

A better way – how to build a framework for the conscious law firm

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

In the third and final part of a series*, Dr Christian Duperouzel explains how law firms can develop a structure for creating a conscious law firm that enriches stakeholders and puts the focus on serving a higher purpose rather than simply making profits. So what might a conscious law firm look like? This section of […]

The times are a-changin’ with COVID-19 – and law firms show they can adapt

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

During the past few months, lawyers and their teams have been forced to make significant changes to the way they work on a day-to-day basis because of the COVID-19 crisis, but is this just a temporary hiatus in change resistance for the profession? Mark Andrews urges firms to think about change beyond the pandemic. Change […]