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Q&A: Zinta Harris – “I want to live my life well, both inside and outside the law.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] February 4, 2020

In this Q&A, Resolve Estate Law principal Zinta Harris explains how she is trying to change the approach to contested estates law, and why she renamed her successful former firm as part of a rebranding initiative. You have been vocal in calling for a change to the traditional approach to contested estates law that can […]

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 – American legal market insights; Guidance on crowdfunding risks; Salary rises likely in 2020

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] January 18, 2020

US firms fare well, but headwinds looming A new report, the 2020 State of the Legal Market, provides a timely snapshot of legal practice trends in the biggest market of all, the United States. Produced by Thomson Reuters in conjunction with The Centre on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law, it shows […]

How collaboration and contra can pay off for smart law firms

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR)] January 13, 2020

A modern twist on contra deals, whereby knowledge-sharing and assisting other law firms becomes the norm, is a viable way for businesses to improve their bottom line and enhance innovation, writes Catherine Brooks. I recently went to my local hairdresser and begged her to fit me in for a last-minute appointment as I managed to […]

Creating the conscious law firm: What traditional law firms can learn from the conscious capitalism movement

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership] January 7, 2020

In the first part of a three-part series, Dr Christian Duperouzel examines the notion of conscious capitalism and explains why law firms need to integrate principles of conscious capitalism into their workings if they are to succeed in the new economy. This article will explore the ways in which the emerging conscious capitalism movement can […]

Q&A: Brendan Bateman – “I can tell you that our sustainability commitment is seen as a strategic part of the firm’s vision.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] December 26, 2019

In this Q&A, Brendan Bateman, co-chair of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) and partner in the Environment & Planning Group at Clayton Utz, explains how law firms can start their sustainability journey; what issues are on the radar; and why business travel remains a headache for environmentally conscious law firms. You have a key […]

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]

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 […]

How cash-flow and liquidity problems can cruel even profitable firms

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,Strategy & Leadership] December 16, 2019

Liquidity means different things to different law firms, but the bottom line is that law firm managers and principals must be across myriad factors affecting cash-flow or face the prospect of quickly emerging financial problems, writes Rob Knowsley. There are many management challenges that confront small- to medium-sized law firms, and during my 45 years […]