ALPMA June 2017 e-Newsletter

In this edition:


From the President

Andrew Barnes, CEO, Lantern Legal Group

Welcome to our latest ALPMA e-newsletter.  

No doubt we are all in the middle of the peak financial year end and contributing to the firm budget process, preparing for the annual review season or doing your best to avoid both! 

 Things remain very busy at ALPMA.  On a day-to-day basis we are gearing up for renewals for memberships and partnerships, settling annual L&D programs and beginning to turn our attention to Summit in a little over three months.  

As you will see elsewhere in the newsletter, the Summit program is ready to roll and early bird registrations are open.  It has been some years since we have been in Brisbane for Summit, we are very much looking forward to getting back there for another great few days with our ALPMA friends and colleagues. 

The ALPMA Board spent two days in a retreat in early May and these turned out to be very rewarding days.  We had external presentations about positioning our brand, revisiting our tech platform and the geographical opportunities with our partners in Asia.  We had quite in-depth discussions to apply strategic disciplines to our ongoing operations to ensure they are modern and best-practice for a member-based Association such as ours.  Such sessions raise as many questions as answers, but importantly it has given a shot of enthusiasm and resolve across the Board.  With our mix of new and incumbent directors, and the promise of a further refresh at the AGM (when I step down from the President role) in November we really are buoyed by what the future holds. 

The strength of our Association will always be in our member engagement and the quality of our L&D programs, and this generally culminates in a huge Summit, which has grown in numbers year-on-year.  To further strengthen and protect the Association moving forward, the Board undertook to rebuild our reserves to a level which provided some comfort in the event of a disaster and to support future infrastructure investments.  The Board is confident that we will have reached that level by 30 June thus ticking off a major strategic objective.  This achievement, whilst maintaining our commitment to the member offering, is substantial and I thank our many board and committee volunteers and our contractors. 

Thanks again for reading our newsletter and I trust the rush to 30 June treats you kindly.

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2017 ALPMA Summit

ALPMA is thrilled to release the full program for the 2017 ALPMA Summit. Headlined by Alex Malley (of Naked CEO fame) and Holly Ransom, the queen of the Millennials, and featuring a swag of local and international industry experts and leaders, this Summit is not to be missed!

Join more than 300 law firm leaders and managers at the 2017 ALPMA Summit and Trade Exhibition, from 13 - 15 September, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Register before 20 July for great early bird savings on your delegate pass and on your accommodation. 

This year’s Summit theme, "Sailing the 4 C's",  is all about helping you apply the four key 21st Century learning skills at your firm to drive innovation and ensure your firm flourishes in the transforming legal landscape:
  • Communication – effectively using communication skills and technology to inform, motivate, persuade, and share ideas.
  • Collaboration – working effectively and efficiently with others, sharing knowledge, talent and experience to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Critical Thinking – Looking at problems in a new light; mental processes and strategies to solve problems, make decisions, and learn new concepts.
  • Creativity – producing and implementing new, useful ideas and trying new approaches to get things done.

Summit is best when experienced with another colleague!  Together, you can cover more sessions, network with more law firms and industry leaders and develop strategies to introduce key learnings from Summit back at the office.  You can register additional delegates from the same firm for just $1,050.  Register now!  

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Nominate for the 2017 ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Awards

Has your law firm completed an innovative project or initiative over the last 12 months? If so,  please set aside ten minutes to complete the simple online nomination for an ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Award before 21 July, 2017.  

The questions are straightforward, requiring text only responses. You can upload supporting documentation if required to support your nomination.   Please contact Angelique Cooper, the Awards Co-ordinator, if you have any questions about the Awards.

Law firms and legal departments are encouraged to self-nominate.  Suppliers who have successfully implemented innovative projects at a law firm or legal department may also nominate their client for an Award, provided the client has consented to be nominated prior to the nomination being submitted.

 Any kind of project or initiative undertaken by an Australasian law firm or legal department is eligible for nomination for an ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Award as long as it meets the following criteria:
  • Must be implemented in the last year 
  • Must demonstrate leadership or innovation (ie a new or different way of doing something) in response to the changing legal landscape 
  • Must be able to demonstrate real benefits (in terms of time or cost savings, productivity gains, quality etc) and show a positive impact for staff, employees and/or partners/ owners as a result of the project 
  • Must be undertaken at an ALPMA member's law firm or legal department - so make sure you are signed up as an FY18 ALPMA member!  You can join now and get June for free! 

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Belong to our close-knit community in FY18

Join ALPMA in FY18!

If you have leadership or management responsibility within a law firm or legal department in Australasia, then ALPMA is for you! Now is a great time to become part of the close-knit ALPMA community.  Join now as an FY18 member and we'll give you the rest of June for free!

If you are already an ALPMA member, make sure you login to the ALPMA website to renew your membership by 18 June for a chance to win a delegate pass to the 2017 ALPMA Summit. 

ALPMA membership remains outstanding value for money, at $550 (including GST) for membership from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. 

Please note that from FY18, we are introducing a simplified membership structure, creating one category of membership for all members.  This change reflects our efforts over the last few years to ensure that all members (regardless of where they are based) can access our practice management seminars via the On-Demand Learning Centre, attend our online events, participate in our research program and enjoy the other benefits of membership. 

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Upcoming ALPMA events 

26
July

Broadcast live from Mullins Lawyers in Brisbane

Presented by Terri Mottershead,  Director, Mottershead Consulting

 
13
Sept


Pre-Summit Masterclass Workshop | Personal Productivity in the 21st Century Workplace

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Presented by Dermot Crowley - Productivity Author, Speaker & Coach. Supported by Workshop Partner, Law In Order. 
 
13
Sept
 

Pre-Summit Masterclass Workshop | Building an Innovation Framework in Law Firms

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Presented by Neil Shewan – Managing Director, Adelphi Digital. Supported by Workshop Partner, GlobalX.


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2017 ALPMA Australian Salary Survey

The 2017 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey, generously supported by IPA, In2View,  Kaleidoscope and KBE Human Capital, is now available for purchase.  In 2017, 285 Australian law firms from across Australia, employing 9,623 people completed the survey. The report includes:
  • details of salaries paid for 70+ legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across Australia - broken down by State and size of firm, with legal salaries further analysed by practice area
  • Information on employments benefits and bonuses paid by firms
  • the staffing mix of part-time, contract, casual and full-time workers employed at law firms
  • key staffing and turnover ratios to measure firm productivity and performance
  • anticipated salary increases and law firm recruitment intentions for the next 12 months
  • the key HR issues and challenges facing law firms in 2017
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.

The report costs $550 for ALPMA members or $2,200 for non-members.  

Purchase the Australian report

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2017 ALPMA/ McLeod Duminy NZ Salary Survey

The 2017 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey​ is now available for purchase.  In 2017, 94 New Zealand law firms from across the country, employing 2,259 people, completed the survey. The report includes:
  • details of salaries paid for 40+ legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across New Zealand - broken down by location and size of firm
  • Information on employments benefits and bonuses
  • the staffing mix of part-time, contract, casual and full-time workers employed at law firms
  • key staffing ratios to measure firm productivity, staff turnover and performance
  • anticipated salary increases and law firm recruitment intentions for the next 12 months
  • the key HR issues and challenges facing law firms in 2017
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.
The report costs $550 for ALPMA members or $2,200 for non-members.  

Purchase the NZ report

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Welcome to our FY18 Partners

Once again, ALPMA has attracted strong interest for our FY18 partnership program from companies interested in reaching senior legal decision makers, with only a couple of annual partnership opportunities still remaining!  Please contact Nicki Hauser for more information about these opportunities.

ALPMA is thrilled to welcome the following FY18 partners and to sincerely thank them for their support of the close-knit ALPMA community:

Australian Corporate Partners:      GlobalX, Law In Order, legalsuper, LexisNexis, St George and TIMG
NZ Corporate Partners:  Sound Business Systems, CommArc, Westpac and InfoTrack
Victorian Corporate Partners:  Legal People, InfoTrack, Bank of Melbourne and Quick Corporate
NSW Corporate Partners:   Quick Corporate, Providior, InfoTrack and Tickbox
QLD Corporate Partners:  Macquarie, Providior, Thomson Reuters, SAI Global
SA Corporate Partners:  In2View and SAI Global
WA Corporate Partners:  CT Group, Macquarie, FilePro, Pitcher Partners, Firefox Academy, Quick Corporate and Thomson Reuters
Leading Your Firm Partners:  Macquarie and InfoTrack

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