Will the future of law belong to large or small firms? It’s a debate that is ongoing.
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.
For many people, January is a time of reflection and new year resolutions to make a change. Having had a decent break, many people recognise that they are not happy in their current situation and resolve to get a new job.
This article contains some suggestions on how to get the best new legal job for your circumstances.
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?!
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?
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:
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!
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?
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?