Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms

Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms

What should 21st Century Talent Management look like?

  Free Seminar

Recording Date: 26-Jul-2017

Recording Type: Video + Slides

Terri Mottershead | Director | Centre for Legal Innovation, College of Law

As the Director for the Centre of Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia) at the College of Law, Terri works internationally with leaders of law firms, legal associations, law schools, and lawyers, supporting their transition to, and building a pipeline of exceptional talent for, new law. She has been a thought leader and innovator in legal strategic talent management and development for more than 20 years. 

Prior to joining the Centre, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management departments for firms and associations including Lex Mundi, IPBA and DLA Piper LLP (US). She has also led or taught on practical legal education initiatives in law schools in Asia, Australia and the US. 

Terri is a frequent speaker at legal industry events and contributes regularly to legal industry publications on the future of legal profession, practical legal education and law firm talent management. She acted as the general editor/contributing author for The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management in Law Firms (West, 2010) and for Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms (NALP, 2016). 

Terri holds a LLB (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, both from QUT; an LLM from the University of Queensland; and an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Wales. She is admitted to practice in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the High Court of Australia, England & Wales and Hong Kong.


This session will critically examine if law firm talent management initiatives are keeping pace with legal industry changes. It will review the differences now apparent in law firm workforces, workplaces and workspaces to identify and discuss emerging best practices in innovating talent management in law firms. 

The subject areas to be addressed will include: the changing role of talent management/HR professionals as change agents and strategic business partners; the impact of the multi-disciplinary, multi-generational, multi-cultural and multi-talented workforce in law firms; the importance of empirically based people management decision making; millennial leadership skill development; recruitment versus returnships; retention versus employee engagement and productivity; career development (mentoring and coaching versus sponsorship); new approaches to performance management, compensation, rewards and promotion; baby boomer succession planning; and the role of executive education versus law school.

CPD: Practice Management and Business Skills - claim 1 CPD unit/ 1 NZ hour

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