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Advanced application of legal technology is changing what it means to be a lawyer. Crowd & Co is using technology to drive #futurelaw. Here we keep you updated with our thoughts on this fascinating industry, and some tips on how to thrive in it.

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06 December 2017

Lawyers: How to cultivate your legal network

An important part of being an independent lawyer is building relationships and cultivating your network. There’s a range of options out there that enables lawyers to do this easily (and cheaply) from social media to online communities. But where to...

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21 November 2017

Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association: from Wollongong University law grad to CEO in less than 10 years

Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association moved from Wollongong University law graduate to CEO in less than 10 years.  

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07 November 2017

Melanie Schwartz, Senior lecturer at UNSW Law Faculty and award-winning lawyer

Melanie Schwartz, Senior lecturer at UNSW Law Faculty is an award-winning lawyer who says being an academic allows her to contribute to the public conversation around the issues she cares about.

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31 October 2017

Natalia Crnomarkovic, Oceania Law Technology Leader at EY

During her career, Natalia Crnomarkovic, Oceania Law Technology Leader, Director at EY has always enjoyed a mix of law and technology. Over the years though, the emphasis has shifted from law to technology. 

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27 October 2017

The Honourable Associate Justice Verity McWilliam of the ACT Supreme Court offers her career insights

The Honourable Associate Justice Verity McWilliam of the ACT Supreme Court was appointed to the court earlier this year, a likely full-circle moment after studying law at the Australian National University in Canberra.

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17 October 2017

Valeska Bloch talks career growth and how she approached promotion and partnership

Valeska Bloch, Partner at Allens imagined herself as a criminal lawyer in her early years studying law at UNSW. But while stints at Redfern Legal Centre and the DPP were "fascinating", she found herself drawn to media, communications and IT law...

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12 October 2017

Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson SC on career, the future, diversity and balance

Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson SC, Barrister at Public Defenders, was appointed a public defender in 1995 and silk in 2012. She was elected Junior Vice President of the NSW Bar this year. Perhaps her most colourful achievement, though, is debating Malcolm...

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28 September 2017

Legal professionals re-entering the workforce: options, skills and true value for employers

There are many reasons why lawyers take time away from the workforce. The most frequent reasons identified [1] by lawyers for leaving the workforce are to achieve:

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05 September 2017

How to thrive in the gig economy 3. Strike a balance

If you’ve opted out of the traditional law path and gone out on your own as an independent lawyer or legal consultant, no doubt you’ve discovered you’re now the master of your own schedule. 

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01 September 2017

Why hire a full-time lawyer if you don’t need to?

If you’re running a small practice and are overwhelmed with work, the natural impulse is to bring in a new lawyer. With someone on-staff, you can be sure that there’s a safe pair of hands available to pick up the slack when you’re overwhelmed. But is...

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23 August 2017

Industry 4.0 and the value of time

With so much information being pushed around about the digital revolution (#notanotherstoryonAI), it can be challenging to make sense of it all. We’ve seen fear and doubt competing against efficiency and productivity, challenges set against...

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18 August 2017

How to thrive in the gig economy 2. Tech toolbox essentials

If you’re working as an independent lawyer in the gig economy, no doubt you’re already tech savvy. You have the home office or collaborative workspace sorted, you’re signed into your emails and ready to pitch for work. But once the work starts rolling...

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11 August 2017

How to seize the day: Make a plan and implement it

OK, so we’ve nailed the axiom: if our workplace and professional life is well arranged, satisfying, productive and profitable, then we have more energy for our personal life beyond.

That should be what we’re aiming for with digital technology. But it...

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08 August 2017

How to thrive in the gig economy 1. Collaborate, not isolate

Working within the gig economy is becoming increasingly popular, with people moving away from salary-based roles, going out on their own and choosing freelancing as a better option. 

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01 August 2017

In-house lawyers: How to be tech savvy

Whether you work in a technology business or not, over the coming years all in-house lawyers will need to become much more tech-savvy. Whilst there is no need for us all to rush off and learn how to code, it is essential that we develop a good...

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27 July 2017

Using Industry 4.0 to benefit yourself [and your clients]

In our recent blog The Smart Factory: Welcome to Industry 4.0 we discussed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, that being digital technology of previously unimagined power, scope and accuracy. It continues to revolutionise agriculture, industry,...

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18 July 2017

The art of efficiency: Tips for in-house lawyers

Moving in-house from private practice is often fueled by a desire not only for more interesting and varied legal work but a closer relationship with the business. Whilst this close relationship brings many rewards, experienced in-house lawyers will...

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10 July 2017

The Smart Factory: Welcome to Industry 4.0

We stumbled upon an interesting article recently which had us thinking about the next industrial revolution. Cited by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, he talks about Industry 4.0 in his article, “The Fourth...

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04 July 2017

External legal matters: How to take control and manage spend

Surprises are great when it is your birthday but receiving an invoice from a law firm when you were not expecting it or an invoice that is far higher than you were expecting is never a good surprise. 

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27 June 2017

Avoiding the GC time-trap: gaining control and efficiency

More for less” is an often repeated phrase that is showing no sign of falling out of fashion, but what does this really mean to a busy General Counsel?  

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