27 July 2023
The pandemic and the subsequent events that followed across the globe have impacted organisations in ways we could not have foreseen. It has influenced every aspect of our professional lives from how we lead, communicate and care for our people to how we budget, plan and strategise for the future; we anticipate much will change as a result of what we learn.
We have brought together a panel of experts from different aspects of the legal community. Our panellists share their experiences about how their organisations changed direction faster than ever to meet changing needs and their insights and observations about how we have and should lead our organisations into the future.
Managing Principal at Fisher Dore
Nick is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist, having been awarded the Highest Achiever Award in 2010. He is currently a member of the Accredited Specialist selection committee. In 2017 Nick was voted by his peers with the Highest Achievement possible in the Doyles Guide as one of only 5 Preeminent lawyers in the Doyle’s Guide. In the same year he was also voted as one Australia’s Leading Criminal Lawyers in the same guide. He was only 1 of 6 from Queensland included in the National list.
Being the Principal of the firm, Nick has made it his mission to ensure that his clients obtain the best results possible by employing and surrounding himself with the best Criminal Lawyers in the State. Anyone that has met Nick appreciates that he has dedicated his life to creating a legal practice that stands above and beyond the rest.
Managing Director at St. Leger Brockman Legal Recruitment
Aidan Parsons is the Managing Director of the St. Leger Brockman group of companies, with operations in Australia and the UK.
St. Leger Brockman, and its recruiting arm, St. Leger Brockman Legal Recruitment, are focused on helping law firms and in-house legal teams operate more efficiently through strategic recruitment, process improvement and the use of technology.
St. Leger Brockman Legal Recruitment was established in December 2020 with the objective of disrupting the legal recruitment market. The company offers ‘Hire Now, Pay Later’ terms, meaning that law firms and in-house legal teams can hire the best people in the market and spread the cost over a period of up to 12 months.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2015, Aidan was the head of the legal department at Bonnington Plastics, where he led the team that won the In-House Innovation Award at the British Legal Awards in 2014.
Executive Manager at PEXA
Jess Caire has 18 years of experience in change management, marketing, and property law, having built and sold multiple small businesses, conveying thousands of properties during that time. As the Executive Manager for Property Exchange Australia, QLD, she uses her passion for emerging technologies and innovation to engage, empower and educate the industry as it transitions to digital property settlements. Jess’s primary focus is engaging with key stakeholders and decision makers to smoothen the path towards digitisation. With a previous property law background and business ownership Jess understands the critical components of change behaviour and the importance of implementing technology and how this can help organisations adapt when situations change. Jess has property law qualifications and is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Business degree.
Bell Legal Group at General Manager
A well connected and highly respected Gold Coast professional, Nicole is Bell Legal Group’s General Manager.
Nicole is a Gold Coast local having grown up here before moving to the United Kingdom to live for a number of years.
She returned to Bell Legal Group in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance through Griffith University in 2002.
Nicole has a passion for people and culture and loves the interaction between lawyers and clients to achieve best possible outcomes.
Outside of the professional arena, Nicole and her husband Grant have run successful building projects since their return to the Gold Coast in 1994 and are now raising their three children here on the Coast.
Founder & Director at Lawganised
Director and Founder of Lawganised, Ben Deverson, has had a 24-year executive career of which over half has been managing and leading professional services firms. Prior to launching Lawganised Ben was the principal and Managing Director of a boutique law firm based in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Whilst not being a qualified lawyer, Ben is a management specialist and has gained an intimate knowledge of the challenges that law firms face day to day. Ben’s strengths include strategic and business planning, practice management systems, cash flow management, process automation, performance metrics, leadership and legal practice risk management.
Ben’s career has been unique in that he has held leadership and management roles from very early in his career including an Australian Army Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Practice Manager for two global accounting firms, a senior commercial manager of a major Queensland infrastructure project and General Manager of an independent Statutory Body.