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Innovating Talent Management - Ch. 3 The Evolution of the Virtual Law Firm in Australia

Innovating Talent Management - Ch. 3 The Evolution of the Virtual Law Firm in Australia

Leonie Chapman, 2016.

Note: This item is an individual chapter from the book Innovating Talent Management. Once the PDF is purchased, you have two weeks from the date of purchase to download the PDF. If you have any questions, please contact info@nalp.org. You can find a link to purchase the full book below.

"The Evolution of the Virtual Law Firm in Australia and Its Impact on Talent Management" (Chapter 3 from Innovating Talent Management), provides a case study of new law in Australia through a journey that begins with the establishment of LAWyal Solicitors to the many facets that now distinguish it from traditional law firms. It compares the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional law firm model against the virtual model with regard to changing market demands in areas like talent management and supervision; communication and quality control; lawyer remuneration and client fee structures; and recruitment, retention of, and career satisfaction for lawyers. In undertaking the comparison, the chapter analyzes the need for firms to stay attuned to technological developments impacting the legal services industry, including the use of Cloud technology, outsourcing, and social media, as well as taking account of the new and emerging Millennial workforce. It also identifies and provides a candid review of some areas where virtual law firms are still evolving, such as how best to manage cybersecurity, control quality, and supervise junior lawyers who work remotely. It concludes with the suggestion
that, with ongoing refinement, the virtual law firm can provide a successful work alternative for lawyers who require or desire more flexibility, control, innovative working environments, and mobility, as well as accommodating client expectations around effective, efficient legal services delivery predicated on user-friendly technology.

Providing helpful tips, tools, and suggestions that support talent management professionals in their work as change agents and intrapreneurs, Innovating Talent Management acts as a resource for law firm leaders, legal department leaders, COOs, and CEOs as they consider their growth strategies and business priorities in the next decade. Law schools will also find this a helpful resource as they review, reshape, and relaunch their curricula to prepare graduates for the 21st century legal marketplace.

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