How to unlock the true power of diversity and inclusion

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] April 18, 2019

Implementing a truly effective diversity and inclusion strategy within a firm is more about creating the right culture and less about complying with laws or hosting diversity days, writes Leonie Green. Diversity and inclusion have been buzz words for a while now. Bigger firms and companies have dedicated resources focused on these two workplace phenomena, […]

Q&A: Kriss Will – “When people ask me how I’m enjoying retirement, I say I’m not retired, I’m just not able to work.”

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

In the second of a two-part Q&A, Kriss Will, a respected long-time HR consultant to law firms and the founder of Kriss Will Consulting, explains why it is important for law firm leaders to be decent, and how she maintains a “glass-half-full” approach despite having received a life-changing health diagnosis. You must have seen the […]

Q&A: Peter George – “Small firms can provide all the services of the big firms. Small is the new big.”

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] February 26, 2019

In our Q&A, Peter George, managing partner of Melbourne-based commercial law firm CIE Legal, explains why he thinks small firms are well placed to capitalise on disrupted legal markets; why decency should be on the radar for all firms; and why he loves planting trees. On the CIE Legal website you are described as the […]

Latest news – Top-tier firms see the positives; Report urges rethink of law firm model, UK law grads hit pay dirt

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Finance & Accounting,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] January 27, 2019

Bullish outlook for top-tier Australian firms Sentiment among legal practices, especially top-tier firms, is “exceptionally positive”, according to the latest edition of the CommBank Legal Market Pulse. The annual analysis of the trends shaping the legal services industry in Australia turns the spotlight on the way in which firms are future-proofing their operations in response […]

Physical space in vogue as firms ponder future of offices

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] December 24, 2018

With open-plan offices coming under scrutiny within many law firms, the potential benefits of using new space for collaboration, culture and psychological wellbeing are considerable, writes Mark Andrews. In the past 12 months, my firm has done some interesting things with physical space in Australia and in other parts of the world such as Jakarta, […]

How to avoid information overload with legal research resources

[Uncategorized] November 1, 2018

Despite the presence of an exhaustive list of legal research resources in the market, it pays to do your homework and avoid the mistake of subscribing to every product available, writes Kirsty McPhee. The way in which we purchase, access and use legal research resources has changed considerably during the past decade. Small to medium-sized […]

Three LegalTech strategies for law firms to consider

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Technology,Uncategorized] August 23, 2018

As clients demand better technology-driven solutions, law firms will have to decide when and how to engage with LegalTech providers, writes Eric Chin. Headline-grabbing articles such as “Machines are going to replace lawyers”, or “Robo-lawyers are here to take your jobs” have become du jour in the legal industry. In the midst of the buzz […]

Are you a critic or a confidence builder?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] May 27, 2018

Providing feedback to junior members of staff is a critical skill that leaders and supervisors within law firms need to master, writes Tanya Dunbabin. Some supervisors see the value in providing feedback and some do not, or they simply say they do not have the time. However, watch the teams with leaders who get feedback […]

12 principles to put you on the path to team success

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] September 14, 2017

In this excerpt from his upcoming book, Smart Teams, Dermot Crowley outlines a strategy for law firms to empower their teams and deliver stronger productivity and higher morale. I have had the pleasure of raising my son, Finn, during the past 16 years. As with any teenager, he can create challenges from time to time, […]

Client identification – are inadequate safeguards exposing your firm?

[Australasian Law Management Journal,Compliance & Risk Management,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] August 2, 2016

As obligations increase for law firms to manage the risk of a client ID ‘failure’, it is crucial that they take all possible steps to improve their safeguards, writes Ronwyn North. Verifying a client’s identity is becoming increasingly important for law firms and is a business risk that must be managed. It is unusual for […]