Who Runs the World? Lawyers.

November 15th, 2016 by

In recent years, Australia has seen no shortage of lawyers-turned-politicians. The likes of Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop, Julia Gillard, and John Howard have all cut their teeth in the legal profession, and followed a well-travelled route that would-be Australian leaders have been walking for years. However, it’s isn’t just Australian politics which favours a background in law – world leaders from Mexico to China have commenced their careers in law. Insights has compiled a list of five of the most noteworthy lawyers who became heads of state.

Dressing for Success: Style Tips for Interviews, Court, and the Office

August 30th, 2016 by
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Brianna McDougall of the Instagram blog @Lawyersfashion is a family lawyer by day, fashion blogger by night. With over 18,000 Instagram followers, McDougall is nothing short of a legal style icon to rival the likes of Alicia Florrick. Insights spoke to McDougall on what lawyers should keep in mind when dressing for court, an admission ceremony, an interview, or general office wear.

Moving On Up: What firms look for when recruiting leaders

August 16th, 2016 by
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How do you distinguish yourself as a promising potential partner? What traits do firms look for when recruiting their future leaders?

Insights spoke to Specialist Director and Management Consultant, Mary Hockaday to find out what law firms are looking for and how lawyers can skill up as leaders. Hockaday has over 20 years’ experience advising law firms, is Director of Education, Learning & Development for the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) and a College of Law Lecturer and Course Facilitator for the College’s Legal Practice Management Course.

The ‘Firm of the Future’ – right now

June 7th, 2016 by
Legal Future

In recent years, the rise and rise of ‘NewLaw’ has continued at a gathering pace.

Many attributes of the traditional law firm business model have been questioned, marginalised and completely avoided by new entrants. For many law firms who until now have simply observed the developing trends, the pressure to at least iterate, if not fundamentally change, current business models has become overwhelming.

Matthew Burgess, a founder of 2 award winning ‘NewLaw’ businesses in the last 5 years, spoke to Insights about the benefits of, and misconceptions surrounding, the new normal for law firms and lawyers alike.

Paternity Leave: Closing the Gender Gap in the Legal Profession

May 24th, 2016 by
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Paternity leave. It’s a form of practical gender equality, which would have positive ramifications in the workplace, home and in society generally. For the legal profession, paternity leave represents an opportunity to break the figurative glass ceiling, ending the imbalance that often causes women lawyers to lose career progression opportunities as they act as primary care giver during crucial periods of career development.

Millennial Lawyers Innovate to Stay Ahead: New Survive Law Editor

February 23rd, 2016 by
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Survive Law, Australia’s highest traffic law student website, welcomes new editor Neeharika Maddula, a Law/Communications student from the University of Technology, Sydney. Launched in 2009 by law graduate and startup founder Wenee Yap, Survive Law is visited by over half a million law students from Australia and across the globe every year, with 53,000+ Facebook fans and 5000+ Twitter followers. In late 2015, Survive Law formally changed ownership from Wenee Yap, managing editor Kathryn Crossley and business development professional Chris Paver to the College of Law, a long time supporter of Survive Law.

Insights Profile: Joseph Catanzariti AM, Chair, College of Law Board of Governors

February 11th, 2016 by
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To say Joseph Catanzariti has enjoyed a remarkable career is something of an understatement. The son of working class Italian immigrants, Catanzariti grew up in Bondi Junction in the 1960’s and 1970’s, before the suburb boomed and house prices tripled. Over the course of twenty-three years, he rose to Senior Partner and Head of Workplace Relations at Clayton Utz. He then proceeded to a series of influential roles, including Chairman of the Board Governors at the Australian College of Law, President of the NSW Law Society (2009), President of the Law Council of Australia (2013), Vice-President of the Fair Work Commission (2013 – Present). He is also an accredited mediator and published author of various books and journal articles.

2016 Legal Trends to Shape the Year to Come

January 6th, 2016 by
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Now the champagne bottle is empty and the smoke from NYE fireworks has cleared, it’s time to embrace a new year in earnest. Insights investigates four trends likely to impact and define this year, and how you can make the most of them. Automation, A.I. and Life in the Cloud Disruption driven by a strong […]

Lawyers’ New Year’s Resolutions

January 5th, 2016 by
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At this time of year, even the most accomplished among us have to take the time to look at the year ahead and ask: well, now what? Okay, so we’re all a few too many broken new years’ resolutions deep to ever really trust the “new year, new me” idea, but if working in law has taught us one thing it’s that setting realistic goals is the key to success. So now that we’ve launched our legal careers, why should setting a new years’ resolution be any different?