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Michael Bradley, today’s guest, gave me an unusual answer to a standard question. I wanted to know how his law firm goes about charging clients on value as opposed to time. I asked, “How does this work in practice?”   And he said, “Really well, actually!”   So, either Michael had a really good sleep that night […] The post The trailblazers: A law firm that’s banned metrics – Michael Bradley, Marque Lawyers (ep 78) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
About 18 months ago, Perpetua Kish and her business partner Jono packed their bags and left a traditional law firm to start Balance Family Law, a firm that they call an ‘evolving micro-practice’. The lovely Pepe joins me today for a frank discussion about fixed fees, the benefits of starting a micro-practice and taking a collaborative approach to family […] The post Separation through the collaborative lens of an evolving micro-practice with Perpetua Kish, Balance Family Law (ep 77) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Justine Lamond leaves no stone unturned, no term unexplained and no room for doubt when it comes to what she means about company culture. We talk about the importance of defining values and building a culture in terms of creating a supportive internal environment for staff and what that looks like and Justine makes a very compelling business case that would satisfy even the most mercenary of CEOs. The post Why does company culture matter? Practical tips and a compelling business case (ep 76) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
As we automate repetitive, low-risk tasks, we free ourselves up to focus on high-risk matters or maybe even the stuff we enjoy most. But have we lost anything? What mindset do lawyers need to adopt in a technologically-driven, innovative business environment? And, importantly, what is the mental impact of increased automation? The post Innovation, automation and mindset: What do we need to do to prepare for the future? with Anna Lozynski (ep 75) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what it takes to run a successful law firm? In this episode, I share the four essential elements to law firm success. The post The Four Essential Elements to Law Firm Success (ep 74) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
As I am often preaching on this podcast, lawyers of the future and successful lawyers of today will need to be more business-minded. A question that often comes up is what does that mean in practice? What are the key skills that modern lawyers should be equipped with?  Today’s guest, Peter Connor, has the answer.  […] The post The T-shaped lawyer: Developing people, not just technology (ep 73) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Lucy Percy joins me to talk about about the intricacies of working with families and having sensitive conversations, the challenges of marketing to that audience and the politics behind generously sharing expert information – something that Lucy wholeheartedly embraces. The post Estate Planning Reimagined: How to attract clients when your legal work is proactive? (ep 72) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Jordan Furlong spends his life talking to law firms and institutions around the world, delivering speeches, consulting and sharing his insights into ‘lawyer formation’ and the future of law at large. In this episode, I had the privilege of talking to him for forty minutes about his thoughts on the impact of Covid-19, tangible ways to improve the business of law and - the headline story – the process of preparing young lawyers for practice and how we might be able to do more to mitigate the ever-lurking imposter syndrome. The post Is ‘Faster, Better, Cheaper’ Really What Clients Want? A Conversation About Lawyer Formation and the Future of Law With Jordan Furlong (ep 71) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Laura Keily is a barrister, an entrepreneur and the founder and managing director of Immediation, a tech startup that’s not dissimilar to Netflix... for lawyers. In this episode, we talk about innovation, automation and the wider battle for access to justice which sits firmly at the top of Laura’s priority list. The post ‘Netflix for Lawyers’: A Story of Overcoming Fear To Tackle Access To Justice with Laura Keily, Founder of Immediation (ep 70) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
For the first episode of 2021, I'm encouraging you to consider where the opportunity lies for you to Do Law Differently. I share three tips for planning for the year ahead. The post Are You Ready For Another Year Doing Law Differently? (ep 69) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Today’s guest is Jennie Pakula, Manager of Innovation and Consumer Engagement at the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner.  Jennie describes The Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner as a modern regulator who is trying to perform their role in a risk-based, innovative and consumer-focused way.  Jennie’s unique role sees her spending her time understanding […] The post Regulatory Barrier Busting with Jennie Pakula (ep 68) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Are you running a law firm and wondering how to approach value-pricing? Have you already started to value-price and struggled to get to grips with it? Or, are you simply interested in exploring what value-pricing even means? If so, this episode is for you. The post Pricing with Stanislav Roth is Atypical, Value-Based and Client Centric (ep 67) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Last week was the official launch of my new book, It’s Time To Do Law Differently: How to Reshape Your Firm and Regain Your Life! One week on and the book has already hit #1 best seller status on Amazon and I’ve received dozens of messages and emails of thanks from some of you who […] The post It’s Time To Do Law Differently – book launch (ep 66) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Rather than using ruthlessness to build his business, Michael has adopted a much more wholesome approach: curiosity. More than a word, it’s an attitude that’s embedded in everything he does: curiosity in building relationships, a team with diverse backgrounds that wants to be kind, figuring out how to create a safe environment and in dissolving hierarchies. I’m extra happy about his 50/50 male-female managing director team. The post Fostering Curiosity in a 21st Century Workplace with Michael Morrissey (ep 65) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
How does legal innovation in a 15-person law firm compare with that in a 400+ person law firm?  Well, as I discover in today’s interview, it’s not all that different!  Kim Trajer is the Chief Operating Officer at McCullough Robertson and she joins me today to talk about what doing law differently looks like at her 400+ […] The post Innovation Isn’t Just About the ‘Big Ideas’, It Also Requires Discipline (ep 64) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Whenever I walk down the corridor to ask our software developer to build me a new feature in our practice management system, I always think of his work as some kind of magic. I might have the ideas, but I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes to bring those ideas to life. […] The post Magic or Data? Robyna May Helps Me Figure it Out (ep 63) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
My new book It's Time to Do Law Differently: How to Reshape Your Firm and Regain Your Life is now available for pre-order in Australia! The post It’s Time to Do Law Differently – Pre-order now available! appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Of all the things that separate Foundd Legal from typical firms, perhaps the most important is Riz’s mindset: “Don’t think like a lawyer, think like a business person!” The post Systems, Social Media and Subscription Pricing with Foundd Legal’s Riz McDonald (ep 62) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
I give a broad overview of what my book is about, why I wrote it and how I dealt with the overwhelm of writing 40,000 words. It’s a big undertaking – getting all the stuff in my head into one place – so it has truly been a journey. The post The Behind-The-Scenes Action of my New Book (ep 61) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Today’s guest on DLD is Mitch Kowalski: a globally acclaimed author, innovation consultant and a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management in Toronto, Canada. I came across Mitch when he came to do a talk in Perth a few years ago and since then I’ve gobbled up everything he’s written. I love it, everything he says starts with “Let’s blow it up and start fresh.” We talk about inertia in the legal industry, the coulda-shoulda-wouldas of Covid-19 and the many possible futures of education. The post World-Renowned Mitch Kowalski has One Thing to Say: Let’s Blow it All Up and Start Fresh (ep 60) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Today I’m joined by a very special guest, my friend and mentor, Clarissa Rayward in a refreshingly unfiltered conversation about her law firm, her ‘side hustle’ and the world’s best legal conference that she runs annually. Clarissa has been in family law since forever and has been running her own law firm, the Brisbane Family Law Centre, since 2008. Clarissa is also something of a guardian angel for 130-odd lawyers, businesses owners and professionals around Australia (of which I am one) who all hang out in the online space that she created: Happy Lawyer Happy Life. The post ‘It Does What It Says on The Tin’: A Lesson in Simplicity for Business and Life with Clarissa Rayward (ep 59) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Welcome to this week’s episode of DLD where I am proud to introduce today’s guest, founder and director of Proximity, Sean King. I first found out about Sean - and subsequently asked him to feature on DLD - when Proximity’s name was listed as a finalist in 6 categories in the recent Lawyer’s Weekly Australian Law Awards. They clearly had something to share. We spend most of the episode talking about the history, business strategy and systems that got Proximity, and Sean, to where they are now. As usual, this article is only a summary - if you want to learn the ins and outs of Sean’s practice, you’ll have to listen to the podcast! The post The Anti-Artisanal Approach that Makes Sean King More Than a Lawyer (ep 58) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Today’s episode is all about surrogacy, finding your niche and running YOUR business the way YOU like it. To crack down on the topic I’m joined by Australia’s best surrogacy lawyer, podcaster and author: Sarah Jefford. Sarah works exclusively with surrogacy teams - made up of parents and a surrogate - to manage and nurture the human side of their relationship just as much as, if not more than, she handles the legal stuff. The post Sarah Jefford on Building Her Niche Legal Practice Around Her Passion (ep 57) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
My conversation with Matthew Karakoulakis runs the full gamut of law - from technological innovations to how Matthew applies his brown belt in Jiu Jitsu to the practice of law. The post A Brown Belt in Social Purpose: Matthew Karakoulakis of AMK Law (ep 56) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
Today’s guest, Anne-Marie Cade, is a knight in shining armour for thousands of couples going through what might be the most stressful time in their lives. I am, of course, talking about divorce: Anne-Marie is a mediator, divorce coach and self-proclaimed nerd for conflict resolution. Get ready for a comprehensive discussion of modern divorce, new ways of practising law and how to deal with human emotion. The post The Narrative-Altering Power of Mediation and Divorce Coaching: Anne-Marie Cade (ep 55) appeared first on Lucy Dickens.
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Created by
Lucy Dickens
Podcast Status
Jul 10th, 2019
Latest Episode
Mar 29th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes

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