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Digitisation of the Property Transaction Ecosystem

Benjamin Balk, Amanda Baker, Gina Assimakis & Ann Wooten - SAI Global

In 2008 the government launched their National Seamless Economy initiative which aimed to improve production and efficiencies to achieve a strong, consistent approach in business - including for the property market. Digitisation was a key tool employed to achieve this.

Since then we’ve seen a decided shift in the way property is transacted as the industry joins the growing global movement towards digitisation.

Cybersecurity threats and why you should care?

- GlobalX

Why do cybersecurity threats exist?

In the early days, Hackers were largely motivated by recognition within their peer-group circles—generally by making a splash in the mainstream press. As such, impacts tended to be highly visible and disruptive in a short term. Since the early noughties however, malware has been focused much more heavily on becoming a profit centre for the creators. 

You know it's time to move

Nina Christian - OBT

Seemingly every week, a new cloud delivery service pops up, offering something bigger and bett‚er than the one before.

This is our world. We will have various providers throughout the course of life and business. It’s a multi-service landscape, but with so much choice, you need to choose a service provider that’s right for the time and place you’re at with your business.

Read more here: You know it's time to move

Making your workplace millennial-ready

Nina Christian - OBT

We have a unique multi-generational business environment happening today, with workplace values being pulled in different directions. Baby Boomers are still holding most senior ranks and Generation X are squeezed in the middle. Yet according to the Deloitte Millennial Survey, in just 10 years, by 2025, millennials will make up an estimated 75% of the global workforce. This will inevitably change the status quo of numerous industries and disrupt the way organisations think about work. 

Continue reading here: Making your workplace millennial-ready

How DaaS Solves the BYOD Security Nightmares in Professional Service Firms

Nina Christian - OBT

The rise and rise of staff and Partners using their own mobile devices to access confidential case and client information is something all professional service firms need to accept and manage.

It’s called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and it’s rapidly changing the way professional service firms in Australia and around the world operate on a day-to-day basis. IT, work practices, and client relationships are all being reshaped by BYOD — as is security.

Risk Culture and the Great Legal Services Provider

Karen Lee - SAI Global

Does your legal practice have a vision of being a great professional services provider?

Of course the answer is yes! Whether this is your new year’s resolution or a decision you have made when you last pause and take stock, you need a plan to build on all the great things you have already achieved, as well as set you up for the many challenges ahead.

Culture, or simply “the way we do things around here”, is an important ingredient in a legal practice’s success as a great professional services provider. With this in mind, clearly we need to make sure we have the right culture in place as part of our grand plan.

The rise and rise of electronic discovery and review

Martin Flavell - Law In Order

The acceleration of technology and explosion of data has rewritten the rules for traditional discovery. eDiscovery (electronic discovery) is increasingly recognised as an important aspect of the litigation process, by the justice system as well as prosecution and defence, but its complexity brings with it many challenges across resources, time and accuracy.

Sifting through huge volumes of data to locate the relevant documents or records is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today. Mobile devices such as iPads and smartphones have also disrupted the eDiscov- ery industry by creating multiple touchpoints through which information is accessed, collected and stored.

When it comes to litigation and disputes, urgency is paramount. As deadlines tighten and data proliferates, this will only get worse.

So what can you and your internal and external clients do to get on top of eDiscovery and deliver better outcomes, faster and with less resources?

Rising Waters

Helen Tung - Founder of Tung Legal Consultancy & ALPMA member

Rising Waters

This article presents a discussion of the future of lawyers in a digital, divergent and differentiated legal environment that took place at the Australasian Legal Practice Managers Association (‘ALPMA’) Summit 2015 (‘the Summit’). Drawing upon the three themes of what is ‘digital’, ‘divergent’ and ‘differentiated’, the author explores the potential challenges faced by firms and future lawyers.

Read more here: Rising waters

Be a Great Risk Manager

Karen Lee - SAI Global

Be a great risk manager (as well as a great legal practice manager) 

As the legal landscape continues to evolve, legal practice managers need to contribute to risk management in an ever-increasing capacity. We are already in possession of the skills needed to make a valuable contribution – we are already familiar with legislation and regulation that can affect our firm or organisation, and we are also already familiar with the inner workings of our legal practice and its desired objectives and outcomes – so why not choose one of the items on this list or find something else to focus on and make improvements in the new year, and kick start the year with excellence in risk management?

Read more of this article here:  Be a great Risk Manager

Thought Leadership for Legal Practice Managers

Karen Lee - SAI Global

Thought Leadership for Legal Practice Managers 

Did you say “thought leader”? Isn’t that just another buzzword?

What comes to mind when you hear the term “thought leader”? Some may think a thought leader is someone who comes up with new things and runs with them. Others may think a thought leader is someone who has radical ideas and those ideas have helped made them an authority in their field. One person I spoke with told me that a thought leader is someone who managed to hang on to some innovative concept and also managed to make a living out of it.
Regardless of whether you take an expansive view of what the term means, or you subscribe to a narrower definition of the expression, one thing is for sure – thought leaders are generally recognised experts in their profession, they are respected for their knowledge and experience, they are able to see something most people cannot see, and they are able to capitalise on what they do.

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