CROWD & CO BLOG

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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21 June 2017

Lawyers: now is the future

Digital technology has opened up flexible working opportunities that could not have been imagined a decade or two ago, especially for the legal industry.

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06 April 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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30 March 2017

Technology-enabled legal practice - Tips to making your practice more efficient

There is an entire spectrum of technology that can be incorporated into your legal practice to allow you more to build more flexibility and control in your operations.  

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23 March 2017

Soft skills for lawyers (SHHH...)

Lawyers hone their hard skills—win or-lose skills—in a literal and immediate sense in the course of their practice. Unfortunately, hard skills are no longer enough.

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07 March 2017

How to make an engaging presentation on a serious topic – hints for lawyers

Putting together a presentation on a “serious” professional services topic does not mean you need to bore your audience with pages of bullet point sentences presented on a big screen via PowerPoint.

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23 February 2017

Open your own shop and jump start your career

The path to partnership in large firms has become harder, and there’s a lot of green grass on the other side of that double-glazed window.

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21 February 2017

How and why to enter the contract lawyer market

Contract lawyers serve many purposes in the legal field, particularly in affording flexibility for a law firm that requires more lawyers in a particular field than they employ.

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22 December 2016

Paralegals - views from the coalface, part 3

The view from: Fourth Year law student paralegaling at a large Australian firm; part-time soccer player.

The valuable paralegal

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15 December 2016

Paralegals - views from the coalface, part 2

The view from: Recent graduate, just started working with a top-tier commercial firm.  

Time constraints: paralegal or vacation clerk? 

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08 December 2016

Paralegals - views from the coalface, part 1

The view from: Third Year Commerce/Law student with a particular interest in taxation and employment law; aspiring litigator.  

Nuts and bolts: what kind of work do paralegals do? 

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28 November 2016

The Value of Paralegals

A law student paralegal can be a valuable addition to your legal team. As well as injecting some youth and enthusiasm into the team, you have an immediate cost-effective “go to” person for a variety of daily tasks that take some of the burden off more...

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26 August 2016

Why your legal business should be Google-focused

Google is the world’s largest search engine (by every metric). But discussing Google as an entity and its many applications misses the key point about Google. Google has created a new business paradigm and it’s all about “trust”.

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24 August 2016

The power of video in business marketing

Youtube is unique because it only contains videos - nothing else.  It processes more than 3 billion online searches a month, making it the second largest search engine, after its parent, Google.

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03 August 2016

One minute, two minutes, three minutes

Doing away with the billable hour has been the mantra of legal commentators and practice innovators for about as long as we can remember. The global financial crisis and the decimation it wrought through the transactional markets seemed destined, at...

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18 July 2016

Of trees, and wind, and lawyers making noise

If a tree falls in the forest and no one's there to hear it, does it make a sound?

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07 July 2016

Crowd & Co's five-point checklist for the new financial year

Phew, the rush to chase up those last invoices is over!

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21 June 2016

Free yourself to think strategically

Legal Process Outsourcing provides a way to put more hours into a day without investing any more personal time, and a way to reduce billable rates to become more competitive in a frighteningly competitive market.

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06 June 2016

2016's buzz word - innovation

“Innovation” is not only the buzz word of this year’s federal election campaign – legal innovation has become infectious among law firms battling it out for pole position in the Financial Times Asia Pacific “Innovative Lawyers” report, published last...

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26 May 2016

Ready, aim, aim, aim...

How many devices do you have with you? Are you reading this blog on your tablet, smart phone, laptop or desktop? Are you at your desk, on the train, or standing in line for a coffee? Have you checked in with friends on social media today, booked a...

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