The Marketer’s Guide to Law Firms: Book Review

Book review by Peter Frankl. If you are looking for a book about how to do marketing for a law firm then this is not the book for you. Paradoxically, if you read this book, it could be the difference between success and failure in law firm marketing. This is because the book explains the context of the marketing function in a law firm which is essential to understand for success with law firm marketing. If you are not a law firm insider then you are likely to have all sorts of preconceived ideas about lawyers and law firms. Here […]

New freelance lawyer platform has already attracted 700 users

Louise Hvala, Founder, Alifery. New online platform, Alifery is leading the legal profession into the future by connecting ASX listed companies, private businesses and law firms with highly experienced expert freelance lawyers for work opportunities, contracts and projects. The new platform is capitalising on the growing gig economy and freelance trend, with recent a study by PayPal stating that 70 per cent of Australian businesses now use freelancers. With over 700 users already registered to the Alifery platform and projects being successfully completed between corporate clients and expert legal freelancers, the platform is delivering value. The company is looking to raise capital in 2019, […]

LegalTech startups and legal services startups forge alliances

While overly-conservative law firms might be pondering the adoption of new legal technology, new-concept law firms and providers are jumping on-board. Two recent examples are LegalTech Josef being adopted by legal services outfit Luna and Settify being adopted by UK-based The Divorce Surgery. Settify and The Divorce Surgery As reported in Spears: The partnership with Settify will enable it to offer immediate preliminary advice to clients. According to Settify CEO Max Paterson, the platform will allow ‘parting couples to outline their matter and provide their relationship history via their phone, tablet or computer’. Clients will receive ‘personalised, bespoke information’ regarding the […]

IPH borrows $33m to buy key stake in competitor

IPH Limited, the ASX-listed IP firm, is so determined to stop the merger of its rivals Xenith and Qantm that is has used $33m of its debt facility to buy approximately 19.9% of the equity in Xenith. IPH will use its stake to vote against the Xenith/Qantm merger. Instead, IPH believes that an alternative transaction involving a strategic combination of one of these business with IPH has the potential to create significant value. This would require ACCC approval. IPH acquired its interest in Xenith from institutional investors at $1.85 per share.  Qantm announced that it intends to proceed with the “proposed […]

A New Choice in Search Provider

By Taylah Allen*. You’re probably thinking, all search providers are the same. Except, if that were the case then in its first year in business, triSearch would not have attracted more than 200 clients. What is creating the interest in triSearch for property, corporate and other legal searches?  triSearch focuses on delivering both a great platform and market-leading service without the price tag. No matter how frequent your search requirements, you will be treated as a valued client. triSearch offers National Searches for conveyancers, corporate lawyers and other legal professionals. Complementing its wide range of searches are a number of […]

A leading litigation funder expands Australian presence into Melbourne and appoints four new senior Investment Managers

Augusta Ventures, a leading litigation funder in both the UK and Australia continues its expansion into the Australian market with the appointment of four highly experienced senior litigation lawyers and the establishment of a second office, in Melbourne, this month. Susanna Khouri (Piper Alderman and IMF Bentham) and Kevin Ngo (Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan) join the Sydney operations and Sara Dennis (Clayton Utz) and Sarah Adams join the Melbourne office which opened its doors on the 11th February 2019. Managing Director and co-founder of Augusta Ventures, Neill Brennan, said that he is pleased to expand operations in the Australian […]

Now we know how one of the Big4 will take over the legal services market

KPMG has shown its hand on how it aims to become the dominant global player in legal services. Will it be through Artificial Intelligence, through Uberisation, through weaponising its battalions of accountants? Based on a recent foray in France, it will be through the standard professional services methodology of ‘poaching’ staff.  145 lawyers (some reports 130) have decamped from the largest law firm in France, Fidal to join the legal services division of KPMG. Here’s what the head of Fidal had to say about it: “C’est inadmissible! Cette décision est contraire à tous nos accords, à la déontologie des avocats. […]

LAWGUN fast-tracking US expansion

LAWGUN has rolled out across all Australian jurisdictions with their unique (and FREE) ‘Uber-like’ smart search that finds consumers the best ‘live auctioned’ rates for case winning lawyers who have the best customer and expert backed reputations. See earlier report here. For Melbourne and Adelaide based co-founders Nicholas James and Dan Woods (both ‘reformed’ lawyers, ‘boom boom’) there had to be a easy-to-use cloud analytics solution to help the community traverse the minefield of trying to find a great lawyer. “We were keenly aware that making great choices about legal representation is often as important as making good health care […]

In-house legal being called-out as AI laggards

The adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by legal departments is being compared to its adoption by other corporate departments Prestigious consulting firm, Bain & Company is ‘shaming’ legal departments for being tech laggards: .. legal is lagging some other corporate functions in this regard. Only 20% to 25% of legal departments use AI in at least one area, according to a LexisNexis survey of legal departments, compared with 40% in finance and 54% in human resources, recent Bain & Company surveys found. And looking two years out, finance and HR expect to adopt AI much more aggressively than legal. That’s […]

What is the cyber security duty of care for a law firm?

Cyber Duty of Care has been written by EJ Wise and is available as an immediate download via this link (no registration required). EJ Wise is Principal at Wise Law (www.wiselaw.com.au) in Melbourne, providing specific and assured cyber law advice to law firms and legal professionals. Specialising in cyber law, privacy, technology, cyber stocktake, cyber risk assessment and cyber education, Wise Law provides strategic and operational consulting regarding cyber risk management and preparedness, incident/breach response, information governance, data privacy, government and internal investigations, e-discovery, records and information management, ethics, and emerging technology/innovation. Prior to working in private practice, EJ had 25 […]