Category: Australia Legal News and Analysis

Hourly billing, the Big4, NewLaw and technology. John Chisholm of Innovim Group analyzes the main competitive threats and opportunities for law firms

Australia-based John Chisholm is a widely recognized strategic advisor to law firms on pricing and strategy – based on his decades of experience as managing partner for both law and accounting firms. A Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a Distinguished Fellow of the […]

Australia’s raised bar in Whistle-Blower Protection – New Time-sensitive Requirement for Employers

Australia’s whistle-blowing laws and program launches on July 1st 2019. The expanded corporate whistle-blowing program provides Australian employees with potentially the highest level of disclosure protection globally.  Likewise, Australian employers will likely be setting a new standard. While companies will have until January 1st, 2020 to […]

An interview with HFW’s Shanghai office head Nicholas Poynder on China’s hyper-competitive legal market and the firm’s goals for Asia

International law firm HFW maintains one of the most significant Asia-Pacific presences for a foreign-headquartered firm – with a total of 7 offices in the region.  And not long ago, the firm launched a transactional practice in Shanghai.  In this Q&A interview with Asia Law Portal, […]

Latest Employment Law Trends in Australia

2018 was a busy time period for proposed reform to the employment law regime in Australia, as multiple bills are currently being discussed at both federal and state parliaments. This article will summarise the progress made in the reform process over the past year in Australia. […]

Seyfarth Shaw promotes first Australian partner

We are excited to announce that Erin Hawthorne has been promoted to partner. Although we have grown through lateral partner appointments over the past few years, Erin is the first promotion to partner from within the team since the Australian offices of Seyfarth Shaw opened in […]

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2018 ALPMA Summit – 1 month to go!

2018 ALPMA Summit Shaping the future firm – it starts with you The 2018 ALPMA Summit is the largest legal management conference and trade exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere occurring from 19-21 September 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. The 2018 ALPMA Summit brings together […]

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How has NewLaw developed in Asia over the last 10 years? An interview with Oliver Mould of LOD – Lawyers On Demand

As NewLaw firm LOD – Lawyers on Demand (LOD) approaches its’ 10th anniversary, Asia Law Portal interviewed Oliver Mould, the firms’ Head of Asia about the state of NewLaw in Asia and what he sees ahead for the next 10 years: LOD is approaching its 10th […]

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Legal Procurement Conference APAC 2018 set for Sydney on 24 July 2018

Hosted by the Buying Legal Council and Lawcadia, the event is a powerful platform for buyers and sellers of legal services to network and learn, share best practices, launch new initiatives, get motivated, and inspire the legal industry as a whole. The conference encourages dialogue, discussion and formal and […]

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Trust, Confidence & Anti-Avoidance – Will Hong Kong Decisions Impact Australia?

Hong Kong and Australia have always enjoyed something of a shared history. Both former British colonies. Both legal systems based on the English common law. Australian judges are invited to sit as non-permanent members of the Hong Kong senior courts. And although not binding, the Hong […]

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How the GC can move beyond relationships to more strategic selection of outside counsel

As the legal industry evolves, in-house teams are under increasing pressure to demonstrate a commitment to innovation and transformation. However, as legal departments accept and even embrace the need for change, one element stubbornly resists transformation. Despite the growing availability of digital technology designed to assist […]

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Contract lawyering – the global gig economy for lawyers

Transport for London’s recent decision to revoke Uber’s licence meant the gig economy was back in the headlines, and not for positive reasons. Indeed, some business’ abuse of employment rights under the guise of the gig economy has meant that for some, this term has become […]

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What’s the view from Australia?

The numbers can be overwhelming.  The expected investment from China and other participants in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) infrastructure initiative between 2015 and 2025 could hit US$ 5.3 trillion, and in 10 years will represent approximately 60% of global infrastructure investment. Too, Asia will likely represent […]

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The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia

The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia.  Notably, the conference takes place as the IBA celebrates its’ 70th anniversary. Widely regarded as the central event of the international legal community’s calendar — IBA’s Annual Conference — as the […]

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Mills Oakley launches Asia-Pacific’s first legal startup accelerator

In a move that highlights the rapid expansion of the legal startup ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, Australia’s Mills Oakley has launched the region’s first legal startup accelerator.  Central to this effort is Mills Oakley’s CEO John Nerurker.  In our continuing coverage of the region’s legal startup scene – […]

Australian Legal Startup Jurimetrics brings statistical big-data analysis to the legal system

Australia is among the leading jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region in the cultivation of startups focused on the legal services space.  And recently, a new Australian startup called Jurimetrics is bringing statistical big data to the legal system.  Here’s my recent interview with Managing Director Conrad […]

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Janders Dean to stage unique #LegalServiceDesign Jam in Sydney on 27/28 July

Janders Dean will be running a #LegalServiceDesign Jam in parallel to the Janders Dean Legal Transformation Conference in Sydney this coming Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28.  First conducted in London last May, LegalServicesDesign Jam adds a new dimension to the Legal Transformation Conference by, […]

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Australian legal startup Lawcadia: A new way to find, engage and manage law firms

Australian legal startup Lawcadia provides clients with a “new way to find, engage and manage law firms”, as its’ CEO & Founder Warwick Walsh explains in this new interview: What is Lawcadia and what inspired its’ founding? Lawcadia is a new way to find, engage and […]

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Australian legal startup Bulletpoints disrupts legal education by centralising CPD in one online portal

The Asia-Pacific region legal startup ecosystem is rich with examples of entrepreneurial zeal applied to the legal services sector — with a number based in Australia — including LawPath, LegalVision and Crowd & Co.  That ecosystem also includes Bulletpoints — an online service for legal professionals to […]

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Australian legal startup Crowd & Co is creating an online market for corporate legal services

Australia-based legal startup Crowd & Co, launched on 30 November 2015, is aiming to help corporations and lawyers alike efficiently source help on transactions via a proprietary online matchmaking platform. Inspired by the engineering sector Similar to American middle-market focused deal sourcing platform Axial, Crowd & […]

Australian law firm LegalVision is generating 20 new customer leads per day from their blog

Australian online law firm LegalVision is generating 20 new customer leads per day from their inbound content strategy, according to their CEO and Founder Lachlan McKnight.  McKnight outlined the firm’s strategy in an interview this week with the Australasian Law Practice Management Association (ALPMA). The interview was […]

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Is Australia the world’s most competitive legal market?

“For many, the Australian legal marketplace presents something of a quandary. On the one hand, its close proximity to the fastest growing legal marketplace on Earth – Asia, makes it an extremely attractive jurisdiction to be located in. On the other hand, with a population of […]

NSW proves to be attractive to overseas investors

The New South Wales Government has been attracting overseas investment under the Significant Investor Visa (SIV). The SIV is a new category of visa introduced by the Commonwealth Government in November last year to help the country attract more international high net worth individuals who are […]