What does your role involve?
Lawlink has a collection of precedents which has been developed over many years. I manage the collection, which involves liaising with firms and lawyers to ensure that documents remain up to date and to identify new documents that would be useful. We also maintain a technical framework which supports the documents. I manage legal information for Lawlink, which includes library agreements for the group as well as responding to individual requests for information. As we are a small office, I also assist in other areas such as training, meetings, and general projects.
What qualities and experience do you bring to the role?
I have a legal background, having practised in the area of family and civil litigation in Hamilton. I also have experience in information services, having worked in the library of a major New Zealand law firm. While living in England, I was employed by an industry body: an association built on a similar premise as Lawlink. As a result of my experience, I understand the dynamics of the organisation and legal practice. The role demands a high level of attention to detail, as well as the ability to be well organised and thorough.
What do you find rewarding about working at Lawlink?
I appreciate the range and variety of work that comes from working in a small team. Lawlink exists for the benefit of its members, and so the work we do is intended to directly assist our firms. A lot of our work is at an organisation wide level, but we also work directly with individuals which can be very rewarding. I enjoy being involved in the legal environment, and the changing nature of the legal profession means we are constantly considering new projects to benefit our firms.
What makes Lawlink special?
The firms in the group share an ethos which includes the desire to become better businesses to enable them to support their clients well into the future. Legal practice is a challenging environment, and Lawlink firms see the continual improvement of their people and management processes as essential to their development. They recognise that sharing information and exchanging ideas is very important in this process, so there is a high level of contact between member firms at all levels. People within the organisation are very generous in sharing their experience and practices with each other.