At least 117 risks in a typical conveyancing transaction

Pictured above: Garth Brown (GB), who has authored: Risk Management Strategies for Conveyancing Practitioners. Legal Practice Intelligence (LPI) interviewed Garth Brown about his new eBook. LPI: Why did you write this book? Isn’t this information already available or taught? GB: It amazed me while delivering my InfoTrack training webinars to lawyers and conveyancers across NZ and Australia, how little the conveyancing industry knew about the risks to cover on Sale and Purchase files and it seemed timely that I write a…

Legal industry wages remain flat with modest salary increases expected in 2018

New research by Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) shows wages are continuing to flat-line across the legal sector, and the forecast is for modest wage increases for staff working at Australian law firms. 288 Australian law firms from across the country, employing 10,644 people, participated in the 2018 Australian Legal Industry Salary and HR Issues Survey conducted by ALPMA and supported by In2View Recruitment, KBE Human Capital, Carlyle Kingswood Global and u&u Recruitment Partners. Consistent with low wages growth…

Winners of the Global Legal Hackathon

Australian team, Anika Legal made it to the finals in New York but did not make it to the top four. There were two winners in each of the two categories: Private sector category Revealu from Hungary - Your digital footprint. Revealed. Revealu makes it super-simple to request your GDPR data from providers such as Google, Facebook or anyone else. https://revealu.eu LexLucid from Denver, Colorado - LexLucid’s mission is to make the fairness of online contracts public knowledge. Providing transparency helps consumers make educated decisions about the products and…

PEXA surpasses one million digital property transactions

Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), the electronic property exchange platform, has now completed more than one million property transactions[1], with over half of those transactions occurring in the last 10 months. PEXA, formed to fulfil a Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) initiative, aims to deliver a national e-Conveyancing solution to the Australian property industry. The company has been operating since 2010. Australia’s property market is valued at approximately $7.5 trillion[2] and in 2017 it was reported that an average of 590,000[3]…

The $28 million geeks of law

LawGeex has closed a capital raising of US$12 million. The startup was founded in 2014 and has so far raised US$21.5 million (equivalent of around A$28m). Based in Tel Aviv and New York, LawGeex describes the problem that it is trying to solve as:  Businesses rely on their in-house legal counsel to review and approve contracts quickly, to close deals faster and keep business running efficiently. Legal counsel are often overwhelmed with work, and reviewing everyday contracts is a time…

Getting to number one in the conveyancing market with the help of good old fashioned 21st century customer service

For the first three months of 2018, specialist conveyancing law firm, Lawlab completed more electronic settlements through the PEXA platform than any other legal practice or licensed conveyancing firm in Australia. The directors of Lawlab believe they could also be completing more manual conveyancing transactions than any other legal practice. The founders of Lawlab, Ian Perkins and Richard Bootle know what good old fashioned customer service means. The firm that is now branded as Lawlab was originally established in Nyngan, NSW in…

Sparke Helmore selects Aderant Expert for its practice and financial management software solution

Sparke Helmore, with more than 750 people in eight offices across Australia, has selected Aderant Expert for its legal practice and financial management software solution. “Aderant demonstrated their partnership style, ensuring our needs were met from the initial proposal, through to demonstrations and commercial negotiations,” said Lee Hodge, Information Technology Director at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. “It gave us great confidence in our relationship working with them in the future.” Sparke Helmore went through an extensive 12-month RFP process. Aderant believes…

Gordon Legal Launches Advertising Campaign

“I want to build a law firm whose lawyers got into the law because they want to help people.” Peter Gordon, Senior Partner, Gordon Legal That’s the message from Gordon Legal’s Senior Partner, Peter Gordon as the firm kicks-off an advertising campaign. The ads, which hit the airwaves on Sunday 15 April 2018, feature the firm’s senior lawyers talking about the drive, determination and passion that has brought them together, to work at Gordon Legal. Managing Partner, James Higgins said…

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