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Finding talent that’s difficult to find.

by on May.28, 2011, under Career Management Services, Practice Management Services

Along with practical practice management advice, I specialise in placing legal professionals in a range of advisory, transactional and litigation practice areas.  I work across the spectrum of career levels, however key areas are in senior placements, executive search and succession planning.

I work with numerous regional, national and international law firms and companies, providing comprehensive attorney searches and recruitment to deliver effective resourcing solutions for my clients.

Key specialty areas include:

  • Business and Commercial
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Intellectual Property – Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Labour, Employment and Employee Benefits
  • Property
  • Environmental and Land Use
  • Financial Services
  • Complex Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Private Clients
  • Technology
  • Superannuation
  • Tax Advice and Tax Litigation
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Litigation

Please call me to discuss your needs. My passion is working out a solution to a client’s needs.

I work with talented people.

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Competitive legal landscape to change forever?

by on Dec.17, 2010, under Career Management Services, Practice Management Services

This article by George Beaton in the Australian is well worth reading: http://bit.ly/exit_plan

The change is well and truly on the way, and some of us are not only very keen to see it happen, we are already engaged in making it happen.

If you are wondering what to do or where to go with your firm, speak with me.  I have several ideas and suggestions worth considering.

Some smaller firms tend to wait until it is too late to consider an exit strategy or succession plan.  The reality is, no-one will buy your firm if you are not there.  Harsh but true.  Unlike other professional services firms where there is a high degree of continuing work, lawyers are often involved in transactional matters only, or providing advice on certain issues.  Once the problem has been resolved, the client’s work is over – where is the continuity in the business?

As I mentioned above, if you are wondering what to do or where to go with your firm, speak with me.  I have several ideas and suggestions worth considering.

Call me on 0407 236394.  There is no cost, other than your time, for a conversation.

It’s your future and I want to help.

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Ten areas to be addressed to demonstrate compliance with “Appropriate Management Systems“ (2)

by on Nov.18, 2010, under Practice Management Services

Negligence
providing for competent work practices

Communication
providing for effective, timely and courteous communication

Delay
providing for timely review, delivery and follow up of legal services

Liens/file transfers
providing for timely resolution of document/file transfers

Cost disclosure/billing practices/termination of retainer
providing for shared understanding and appropriate documentation on commencement and termination of retainer along with appropriate billing practices during the retainer

Conflict of interests
providing for timely identification and resolution of “conflict of interests”, including when acting for both parties or acting against previous clients as well as potential conflicts which may arise in relationships with debt collectors and mercantile agencies, or conducting another business, referral fees and commissions etc

Records management
minimising the likelihood of loss or destruction of correspondence and documents through appropriate document retention, filing, archiving etc and providing for compliance with requirements regarding registers of files, safe custody, financial interests

Undertakings
providing for undertakings to be given, monitoring of compliance and timely compliance with notices, orders, rulings, directions or other requirements of regulatory authorities such as the OLSC, courts, costs assessors

Supervision of practice and staff
providing for compliance with statutory obligations covering licence and practising certificate conditions, employment of persons and providing for proper quality assurance of work outputs and performance of legal, paralegal and non-legal staff involved in the delivery of legal services

Trust account regulations
providing for compliance with Part 3.1 Division 2 of the Legal Profession Act and proper accounting procedures

for more information go to: lawlink.nsw.gov.au/olsc

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Succession Planning

by on Nov.17, 2010, under Practice Management Services

Wondering what to do with your business in the next five to ten years?  Need to look at moving your business into a bigger firm.

Having problems managing your firm and being a lawyer?

Call me; I have a number of options worth considering.  Obligation free and of course, discretion is paramount.  Just call me.

0407 236394

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Clients on the warpath: unforgivable law firm mistakes

by on Oct.26, 2010, under Career Management Services

See this report from Angela Priestley.
http://bit.ly/bcucmP

It is well worth reading.  Regrettably some lawyers take their clients for granted and can forget it is the clients fees that ultimately feed the lawyers families.  Can you afford to lose your clients?  Good management practice (and the Pareto principle) have proven time and time again that its easier to get new work out of an existing client than it is to gain a new client.

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