Why did you become a director of Lawlink?
I was interested in Lawlink and its operating model and was invited by the Board to attend a strategic meeting. My appointment to the Board flowed from there. It gives me the opportunity to work more closely with other Lawlink firms and many of the skills involved in good governance are relevant to my legal practice.
What value does Lawlink add to its member firms, staff within those firms and clients of those firms?
The group’s buying power leads to monetary benefits for firms. The shared precedents, collegiality and collaboration between the member firms helps all firms to improve their systems and processes and enables all Lawlink lawyers to deliver a better service to clients.
The sharing of financial information and management techniques between the member firms is of huge benefit, especially to the small and medium-sized firms.
The annual Lawlink conference provides excellent speakers and also gives the lawyers from member firms the opportunity to meet their counterparts from around the country. This can be helpful when having to refer a client to a lawyer in a specific town or city.
Clients also benefit from the eConnect newsletter that is produced by Lawlink with input from the member firms.
Where do you see the future of Lawlink?
Continuing to do what it does well – e.g. group buying power, annual conference and eConnect – but also getting more involved with new technologies, whether by testing or developing new software for the benefit of member firms.