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Allen is a document automation expert at LawHawk, a specialist document automation company helping you create advanced documents fast.
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No. 8 Wire – undeniably useful, but is it still good enough?

Posted by Allen Li on 24-May-2018 09:46:31

ILANZ 2018 was another hugely energising and enjoyable event.  Thank you to everyone involved in organising it!

The official theme of this year’s ILANZ was “No 8 wire”, as a nod to our in-house lawyers' ingenuity and ability to innovate with limited resources.  Last year, I used this term in my blog to describe some of the cobbled-together solutions delegates were using – it was a term of endearment.  This year, I'm a little less certain we should be celebrating this. 

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Topics: In-House Legal, Legal Technology, Practise of Law, Document Automation

30-something years old, in a relationship – do you and I need a will?

Posted by Allen Li on 20-Mar-2018 23:36:47

In recent weeks, the rather morbid subject of wills has been getting decent airtime on mainstream media.  For example, Newshub did a feature on it a few weeks ago, and there are weekly articles on Stuff, such as the one titled "The case of the dead man with two wives but no will returns to court".  While a lot of my friends and network will be young(ish) and healthy, and in more customary two-person relationships, does that mean there is no need for a will right now?

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Topics: Wills, Online Will

One year as a LawHawk!

Posted by Allen Li on 20-Nov-2017 20:26:29

It’s been a year since I joined LawHawk, and it still feels so fresh and exciting.  It’s probably a bit naïve / premature to reflect so soon, but heck, I’m on holiday!  The Sydney sun, sea and sand has given me a great opportunity to stop, and think. 

So what's happened?!

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Topics: Document Assembly, Document Automation, Legal Technology, Practise of Law

Employees want to work in a growing firm – what’s your plan?

Posted by Allen Li on 25-Oct-2017 09:09:44

 

Hinge Marketing recently released the results of its Employer Brand Study.  Given some of my previous research, one question in the study was particularly interesting to me: what’s most important to prospective employees of professional services firms? 

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Topics: Document Automation, Document Assembly, Future of Law, Law Firm Management, Legal Technology, Practise of Law

How do law students and graduates choose where to work?  (Part Three)

Posted by Allen Li on 26-Jul-2017 07:49:29

It was incredibly interesting, informative and inspirational to get the views of Geordie Johnson and Milan Gandhi

If you have read Parts One and Two, you’ll know that: (i) Geordie is the students / young lawyers (NZLSA) representative on the New Zealand Council of Legal Education; and also graduate at Russell McVeagh) and (ii) Milan Gandhi is the founder and director of The Legal Forecast, a “not-for-profit run by early-career professionals who are passionate about disruptive thinking and access to justice”; and also research clerk at McCullough Robertson. 

Is it possible to summarise and add my two cents?  I’ll give it a go:

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Topics: Future of Law, Law Firm Management, Practise of Law

How do law students and graduates choose where to work?  (Part Two)

Posted by Allen Li on 19-Jul-2017 08:00:00

Last week, Geordie Johnson (students / young lawyers (NZLSA) representative on the New Zealand Council of Legal Education; and also graduate at Russell McVeagh) shared his views on what matters to students and graduates when choosing where to work.  This week, we hear from Milan Gandhi (founder and director of the Legal Forecast, a “not-for-profit run by early-career professionals who are passionate about disruptive thinking and access to justice”; and also research clerk at McCullough Robertson).  The Legal Forecast is hosting a Disrupting Law event in August. which looks like a great initiative! I can't recall seeing anything like this in "my day", so things are clearly changing!

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Topics: Future of Law, Law Firm Management, Practise of Law

How do law students and graduates choose where to work?  (Part One)

Posted by Allen Li on 13-Jul-2017 08:47:01

 

Crap – I’ve just realised I’m no longer a young-buck.  Gene has asked me to look at something, because I’m “closer to the young people than [he is]”.  “Closer to”?!  Here I was, assuming I belonged to the youngest generation of lawyers (millennials), when gen Z is now coming through and making their mark on the profession.  

What are these young lawyers looking for when deciding where to work?

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Topics: Future of Law, Law Firm Management, Practise of Law

What’s on the minds of New Zealand in-house lawyers?

Posted by Allen Li on 01-Jun-2017 09:46:50

 

In my last blog, I discussed how suppliers to in-house lawyers must understand the needs of in-house lawyers, before being able to effectively help them.  Over two days and three evenings at ILANZ 2017, I realised that this requirement to understand is ongoing.  New Zealand in-house lawyers are an evolving bunch who continue to learn themselves.  So what did I take away?

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Topics: Document Automation, In-House Legal, Future of Law, Practise of Law

Help!  I’m in-house! Legal tech needs for in-house lawyers

Posted by Allen Li on 21-May-2017 20:35:46

At the conclusion of New Zealand legal technology conference LawFest, one attendee said to me that a lot of the legal tech offerings seem to be targeted at private practice lawyers and there is a lack of understanding of the different needs of in-house lawyers.  Does he have a point? 

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Topics: Document Assembly, Document Automation, In-House Legal, Legal Technology

What does a great outcome with legaltech look like?

Posted by Allen Li on 14-May-2017 15:52:47

You may have seen me talk about using legaltech to achieve great outcomes.  You may have nodded your head in agreement. After all, who wouldn’t agree that getting a great result is, well, great?  But what does this actually mean?  

There are a lot of legaltech options out there.  If you’ve tried one piece of legaltech, and been left feeling like the guy on the right, you’re not alone.  This happens all too often.  With so many providers (sometimes appearing to offer the same solution), you have to find one that can solve problems you have, in the way that suits you, in the way they said they would.  Don’t part with your money or your time, until you know this will be the case.

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Topics: Document Assembly, Document Automation, Future of Law, In-House Legal, Law Firm Management, Legal Guides, Legal Technology, Procurement, Practise of Law

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