Fate of Digital Assets: What happens to your digital self when you die?

April 19th, 2016 by
Digital Assets

We live the vast part of our lives online and via digital devices. Banking, shopping, socialising, working – all are enabled by cloud storage accounts, smart phone apps, laptops and desktops, and secure websites, many of which are password-encrypted.

While it’s common knowledge one should prepare a will for one’s physical assets, what do you do with your less tangible digital assets – like Facebook logins, PayPal passwords, or Google Drive access?

To explore this issue, Insights spoke with Natalie Darcy, Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law.

Mind the Gap – How Australia’s Law Schools Can Update for the 21st Century

January 19th, 2016 by
Mind the Gap

The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council recently hosted its annual conference in Perth, which saw legal minds gather to discuss the theme of new frontiers in legal education. While many facets of legal education were addressed, one topic recurred throughout the event: the gap between what Australian law schools are teaching and what the legal profession requires from its graduates. Madeleine Dupuche and Deborah Battisson, two of the College of Law’s lecturers, delivered a presentation which cast light on the issue, and posed a number of solutions for legal educators.

Lawyers’ New Year’s Resolutions

January 5th, 2016 by
New Year Lawyer

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?

How NOT to be an Average Property Lawyer

August 4th, 2015 by
Property web

Whether you’re a first home buyer or an experienced property developer, property lawyers are essential when it comes to any decision or transaction. But the nature of property law is that these decisions have significant financial implications and, accordingly, significant potential for disaster. In the hopes of avoiding mistakes altogether, Insights spoke to property law specialist and College of Law lecturer, Simone Dixon, about what it takes to be an excellent property lawyer.

The 5 Biggest Threats Facing Law Firms

April 30th, 2015 by

As the times change so do the threats facing the legal profession. That’s why it’s important to identify and meet these challenges head on. We asked our friends at LEAP to list the top five threats to law firm profitability and success, along with their solutions.

Insider Tips from a New Sole Practitioner

April 27th, 2015 by
Goldfish jumping into the sea

Ian Aldridge, Principal, Progressive Legal, recently opened a sole practice. As a follow on from our previous article Single and Ready to Mingle – Tips for Becoming a Sole Practitioner we asked Ian to reflect on his recent personal experience to provide tips for lawyers who have also decided to open a small practice. Read more below.  Tip 1 – […]

Single and Ready to Mingle – Tips for Becoming a Sole Practitioner

April 23rd, 2015 by
Tips for Becoming a Sole Practitioner

The path to becoming a sole practitioner can be challenging one. While the autonomy offered by being your own boss can be appealing, the prospect of building your own business from the ground up can appear to be an overwhelming task to many. To assist those who wish to strike out on their own, Insights has compiled a list of tips to help you launch your sole practitioner career.

Four Tips to Ensure Good Lawyers Become Great Leaders

April 8th, 2015 by
Legal Leadership

Success as a lawyer requires a variety of skills. Time management, risk management, analytical prowess, public speaking, a rigorous work ethic, and (of course) a keen understanding of the law are all commonly cited as requisites to success within the profession. However, good lawyers do not always make good leaders. While their talents as lawyers […]

Big Data and the Law: the Impact of Expanding Data Collections on Legal Practice

March 10th, 2015 by
The College of Law Insights

Over the past few years, the amount of data being creating and stored online has grown at an astonishing rate. This proliferation of information is particularly pertinent to legal practice – in a previous article for Insights, College of Law Practical Legal Training lecturer and ConnectLaw owner Fabian Horton identified that “law at its core is information and the application of that information.” The question remains, however: does the growth of big data pose a benefit to legal practitioners, or a challenge?

Planning Your Career: Moving In-House

February 10th, 2015 by
Job Opportunity

With 2015 well underway, many of you will now be looking to plan your career paths for the remainder of the year. As Insights explored last year, a career as an in-house lawyer can be an attractive prospect to many lawyers, and recent trends have indicated a surge in the size and number of in-house counsel teams across Australasia. For those who feel that 2015 may be the year to move in-house, Insights has compiled a list of tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.