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Get Ready for the Great Resignation

Get Ready for the Great Resignation

By Andrew Murdoch, Managing Director, Dovetail Legal Solutions As published on the Association of Corporate Counsel News Page, October 27 2021 The Great Resignation will cause change, and with a little bit of knowledge and preparation you can use it as an opportunity...

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Summary of General Counsel Summit 2021

Summary of General Counsel Summit 2021

The Dovetail Team: Andrew Murdoch, Charlie Smirl and Charlotte McGrath were pleased to attend the General Counsel Summit on Tuesday the 19th of October 2021. Here is a summary of some key messages from the day.    The Legal Profession and the Future of Work Graeme...

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How long does it take to recruit a permanent in-house lawyer?

How long does it take to recruit a permanent in-house lawyer?

We often get asked how long the permanent recruitment process takes. Below is a table showing the typical time it takes to recruit a permanent in-house lawyer. Why does it help to know? If one of your team resigns with a 4 week notice period and it typically takes 14...

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Could a paralegal help carry your workload?

Could a paralegal help carry your workload?

It doesn't get easier than this to engage a paralegal. There is increased demand for paralegals, particularly on a flexible, project basis. Paralegals represent phenomenal value and can shoulder a significant amount of the time-sucking admin and logistical work making...

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Summary of VIC ACC In-House Counsel Day 2021

Summary of VIC ACC In-House Counsel Day 2021

Summary of VIC ACC In-House Counsel Day 2021 The Dovetail team: Andrew Murdoch, Charlie Smirl, Sonia Cason and Charlotte McGrath were pleased to attend the VIC ACC In-House Counsel Day on Wednesday 28th July 2021.  Here is a summary of some key messages from the day....

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Summary of WA ACC In-House Counsel Day 2021

Summary of WA ACC In-House Counsel Day 2021

Summary of WA ACC In-House Counsel Day 2021 The Dovetail team; Sonia Cason, Andrew Murdoch, and Charlie Smirl; were pleased to attend and sponsor the WA ACC In-House Counsel Day in Perth on Wednesday 9th June 2021. Here is a summary of some of the sessions held during...

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2021 ACC NSW In-House Counsel Day Dovetail Summary

2021 ACC NSW In-House Counsel Day Dovetail Summary

Summary of NSW ACC In-House Counsel Day 2021 The Dovetail team; Andrew Murdoch, Charlotte McGrath and Charlie Smirl; were pleased to attend the NSW ACC In-House Counsel Day in Sydney on Thursday 20th May 2021.  Here is a summary of some key messages from the day:  ...

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Poetry – What is it good for? Absolutely Everything!

Poetry – What is it good for? Absolutely Everything!

theAustraliancorporatelawyer Roses are redViolets are blueThere’s a lot poetry can do for you Poetry is both beautiful and instructive. It captures sensations, and shows us the power of language. I use poetry for pleasure, mental health, and work. I initially...

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Practical Video Presentation Tips

Practical Video Presentation Tips

For better or worse, video conferencing has become an integral part of internal and external communication. This includes interviewing for jobs.   I asked a good friend with experience in the field to help Dovetail by providing us with some practical tips I could send...

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Paralegals to the rescue?

Paralegals to the rescue?

Over the past few months, we have experienced an increased demand for capable in-house paralegals, particularly on a flexible, project basis.  Good paralegals can shoulder a significant amount of the time-sucking admin and logistical work that lawyers would have...

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Legal Job Market Update

Legal Job Market Update

As a kid, in bed, I would hold my breath, not moving a muscle, frozen, so the monster with its tentacles and fangs under the bed wouldn’t eat me. Well, that is like the current legal job market and the monster is COVID. A Government initiative, a “cluster”, or...

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Practical Tips When Looking For Your Next Role

Practical Tips When Looking For Your Next Role

.When the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) hit back in mid-2007, many countries went into a deep recession as markets, companies and jobs fell worldwide. I was in London at the time, managing interim placements for a global legal recruitment company. I saw firsthand the...

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How Will the Coronavirus Impact the Legal Job Market?

How Will the Coronavirus Impact the Legal Job Market?

We often get asked what impact the virus is having on the job market… here are our thoughts… Four Phases in the Legal Job Market We expect that there will be four phases in the job market until the virus is resolved. An initial period of waiting and seeing what, if...

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2020 ACC VIC In-House Counsel Day Dovetail Summary

2020 ACC VIC In-House Counsel Day Dovetail Summary

Andrew Murdoch and Charlie Smirl were pleased to represent Dovetail Legal Solutions at the ACC VIC In-House Counsel Day in Melbourne on 4th March 2020.  Thanks to everyone involved. If you couldn’t make it, here’s a brief summary of key themes from the various...

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2019 ACC National Conference Dovetail Summary

2019 ACC National Conference Dovetail Summary

The team at Dovetail; Andrew Bursill, Sonia Cason, Andrew Murdoch and Charlie Smirl, had the pleasure of exhibiting at the 2019 ACC In-House Legal National Conference in Adelaide. Below is a brief compilation of the key messages we took away from some of the sessions...

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New Horizons…The Rise of the Freelance Lawyer

New Horizons…The Rise of the Freelance Lawyer

5 Steps to become a Freelance Lawyer in WA Sonia Cason – Business Director WA, Dovetail Legal Solutions The ‘freelance lawyer’ market is growing, especially for lawyers looking for more flexibility from rigid work conditions, and it’s a trend we see continuing at a rapid rate. This evolution has also required more traditional organisations to […]

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5 Steps to become a Freelance Lawyer in WA

5 Steps to become a Freelance Lawyer in WA

5 Steps to become a Freelance Lawyer in WA Sonia Cason – Business Director WA, Dovetail Legal Solutions With the rise of the gig economy, ‘new law’ services, and tighter legal budgets, Freelance Lawyers are in demand. Clients’ expect services to be delivered in a cost-effective and agile manner. Freelance lawyers have reaped the benefits […]

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Making Sense of the Legal Technology Market in Australia

Making Sense of the Legal Technology Market in Australia

Making Sense of the Legal Technology Market in Australia By Tomas Atkins, Legal Solutions Consultant Lawyers today have an ever-growing pool of legal technology at their fingertips. The market is now so large that trying to find the right product to use is both costly and time consuming – some companies have even decided it […]

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5 ways in-house lawyers can control cost pressure

5 ways in-house lawyers can control cost pressure

5 ways in-house lawyers can control cost pressure Cost Pressure: it might seem like an innocent enough term but, in my experience it’s one that belies long hours, reduced family time and a negative impact on physical and mental health. In fact, I think cost pressure is the corporate equivalent of politicians describing civilian casualties […]

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The enemy of your enemy is your friend: How to win over your CFO

The enemy of your enemy is your friend: How to win over your CFO

The enemy of your enemy is your friend: How to win over your CFO Some in-house lawyers see their CFO as the enemy. That’s only natural given that finance departments everywhere are asking their companies’ legal teams to rein in costs and do more with less. But it’s much easier to get things done if […]

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5 ways bush lawyers will change the legal profession

5 ways bush lawyers will change the legal profession

5 ways bush lawyers will change the legal profession A lot has been written about the impact globalisation and technology are having on the legal profession. Less written about is the impact that will result from the growing number of legally educated people who will be working ‘client-side’ in corporate Australia. And, in many ways, […]

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Why it may make sense to start your own legal practice

Why it may make sense to start your own legal practice

Why it may make sense to start your own legal practice The legal landscape is changing fast. And while the traditional path to partnership starts to fade, there are still real opportunities out there for experienced lawyers looking for change – including the possibility of setting up your own legal practice. Here’s how we see it. The […]

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A short history of Australian commercial law

A short history of Australian commercial law

A short history of Australian commercial law Australia’s legal landscape is changing fast. So fast, in fact, that in 15 years it has passed through three distinct phases. We believe we’re on the cusp of a fourth. Here’s what we mean. 1. The distant past – the noughties In the beginning, there was the law firm. […]

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Six steps to save on your legal bill

Six steps to save on your legal bill

Six steps to save on your legal bill Businesses often try to keep their legal costs down by trying to get the lowest hourly rate. We think that’s too simplistic. After all, if someone is twice as efficient as their colleagues and can do the same work in half the hours wouldn’t it make sense to […]

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