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 […]

How RMB Lawyers grew 500 per cent in 10 years

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,People Management(HR),Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] February 8, 2016

Successful Wollongong firm RMB Lawyers has been named Regional Law Firm of the Year in the 2015 Australian Law Awards. Set up in 1885, the firm has evolved to become a strong, modern business complete with an outsourcing arm. Managing partner Craig Osborne tells ALMJ that RMB is “a completely different animal” to your average […]

Latest news: Become a member of Legal Practice Section; Mills Oakley a jobs powerhouse; data breaches common for in-house counsel

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Strategy & Leadership,Uncategorized] January 6, 2016

Time to secure membership of Legal Practice Section People with an interest in law firm management are being encouraged to sign up for half-yearly membership of the Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia. Prospective members can apply now, while existing members should renew their membership and update their contact information by following […]

On the radar – 9 social media issues to watch

[Australasian Law Management Journal,General Management,Marketing & Business Development,Technology,Uncategorized] August 31, 2015

Embracing the following strategies will put your firm in good stead as it responds to the sometimes perplexing world of social media, writes Cameron Cooper. Law firms have typically been slower to embrace social media than other service-based industries. That is changing, however, and smart firms and lawyers realise that it can be a valuable […]