Public speaking: A skill, not a talent

This piece first appeared in Portia, a publication by Victorian Women Lawyers in 2018. It is my view that no person is born a good public speaker. It is a skill that is learned and…

Make sure you’re prepared for new off the plan legislation

How smart technology can assist with handling multi-lot developments and off-the plan developments In NSW, off-the-plan property buyers will soon be better protected as long-awaited legal changes come into effect this month. Buying off-the-plan has…

Tips to keep your firm people focused as you shift to digital

48% of Australian firms say their biggest challenge to driving innovation internally is ‘getting enough time and resources away from business as usual’ to make a change. Furthermore, in August, InfoTrack conducted a survey asking…

Hackers pick opportunities, not victims

Last year, Dani Venn, Masterchef finalist, fell victim to cybercrime when $250,000 was stolen from her family. She says the most important lesson she learned is not to give hackers opportunities. “Hackers do not pick…

Preparing for a future-ready firm

There are many aspects involved in what makes law firms successful, and in the not so distant past, early adoption of technology advancements was an aspect that was often overlooked. In an industry so rich…

2 months in: How is NSW tracking on e-conveyancing?

The NSW Government’s eConveyancing reforms are helping transform NSW into the world’s most efficient and secure place to buy and sell property. We have fully transitioned to eConveyancing in NSW on 1 July 2019, and…

Why it pays to verify your clients’ identity

“ASIC alleges mail theft leads to $4.8m share swindle”. In mid-July, the Australian Financial Review reported  that ASIC was investigating a group of people for the identity theft of 33 victims and setting up fake…

How technology helps us help our clients

We live in a society that is becoming more and more dependent on technology. Without realising it, technology has infiltrated itself into each and every profession and the legal industry is no exception. Even though…

Why professional development can help your business go in new directions

Once you’ve finished your degree, completed practical work experience and passed the bar, you know all there is to know. Or at least you think you do. There’s a reason the saying “You learn something…

The Future of Skills. What will your firm need to prepare for Australia’s future?

Recently, LinkedIn surveyed 4,136 employees and 844 Learning and Development professionals across Australia, India, Japan and Singapore. In Australia, they found that the top skills requested by these employees and professionals alike were softer skills. Soft…