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25 Jul 2017
How to properly charge for your work
In legal practice, you need to be paid and paid well for your expertise, you are not a charity, writes Garth Brown. ...
Leadership, manager, boss, leader, team members
20 Jul 2017
Do we have a leadership crisis in law?
Do you work for a ‘pacesetter’, the partner who rewrites perfectly fine reports, has little positive to say and is always quick with criticisms to...
Typing, laptop, freelance lawyer, business
19 Jul 2017
Gen Y and the rise of freelance lawyers
Not long ago scoring a job at a law firm would be considered a career home run for a young professional; however, a shift in how millennials perceive ...
18 Jul 2017
Stuart Kelly: One of the abuse victims at our universities
Many Australians would have watched the Kelly family’s story on 60 Minutes recently and felt utterly devastated by their loss, grief and experience ...
17 Jul 2017
What happens when you work with or for a narcissist?
Have you ever come across someone in law who had a fabulous ‘sales pitch’ and then watched in horror as the train wreck of reality unfolded in fro...
13 Jul 2017
Strategic planning that works for SME law firms
The objective of a strategy is not to eliminate risk, but to increase the odds of success, writes Anthony Hersch. ...
11 Jul 2017
Why?
Why work in law? Why work at all? Why any activity for that matter? asks Bob Murray. ...
10 Jul 2017
Using mindfulness to stay out of danger
Over 30 years ago, W Edwards Deming called for a new approach in the workplace to reduce mistakes and defective workmanship, writes Jenny Brockis. ...
28 Jun 2017
Design of a modern law firm
The modern law firm has increasing differences from its predecessors and former incarnations. Gone are the high-walled cubicles, the corner offices, a...
27 Jun 2017
Addressing unmet pro bono
When the Cancer Council Pro Bono Program was launched in NSW in 2010, a handful of law firms signed on to participate, the Cancer Council writes. ...
26 Jun 2017
How artificial intelligence is streamlining document management
It is finding its way into everything from virtual assistants to driverless cars, and now artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionising document man...
23 Jun 2017
On the legal beat - part two
This week I was interstate and met with an experienced lawyer who has had an impressive career in private practice, writes Nicole Billett. ...
21 Jun 2017
Safety, support and specialisation – the response to family violence
Victoria Legal Aid recently marked the progress it is making with others towards a safer, more supportive and increasingly specialised, legal response...
20 Jun 2017
A discrimination-free workplace saves companies from hefty lawsuits
Fox News recently came under fire after 11 of its employees hit the organisation with a class action lawsuit alleging widespread racial discriminatio...
19 Jun 2017
Rule of law in a democratic society
Whether or not you agree with the recent judicial review of US president Donald Trump’s second attempted “travel ban”, it brings into sharp focu...
16 Jun 2017
Smart learning gives sharp lawyers an edge
Clients of legal services are more demanding. Where once they accepted lawyers who understood the law, today they want much more, writes Neville Carte...
14 Jun 2017
What happens when your child makes a hostage of you?
Financial elder abuse has been recognised as domestic violence, however it is not broadly understood – or even acknowledged – in the community, Ch...
13 Jun 2017
So, what do you do?
So, what do you do? Standard small talk, right? Well, I’m a lawyer … and a hypnotherapist. My answer always elicits a visceral response of some ki...
9 Jun 2017
Spare a thought for those convicted under the Witchcraft Act 1735
Do you ever feel caught out by a silly or obsolete law? asks Iain Miller. ...
8 Jun 2017
The art of navigating a difficult conversation with your boss
If there was an award for ‘cramming-the-most-difficult-conversations-with-a-boss-into-the-early-stages-of-a-career’, I think I’d be in the runni...
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Anzac Day reflections: Two-up and civic duty
With Anzac Day almost here, we should be aware of where we can legally play Two-up, and also conside...
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The role of young lawyers in normalising diversity
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