The Collage of Law

Preparing tomorrow’s legal business leaders

Master of Legal Business - Program Preview

Successfully leading a 21st century legal practice or law department requires a range of skills few professionals can learn ‘on the job’. This is particularly so in a time of volatility and change in the provision of legal services.

Traditional management courses provide a solid grounding in various disciplines but are not tailored to the particular needs of the legal services industry.

The College of Law is introducing a series of subjects for both in-house and private practice which will build to a new qualification – The Master of Legal Business*.

*Accreditation will occur in first half 2019

Special introductory offer

Save $550 on the subject fee.
Closes 14 December 2018

Introducing an innovative new pathway to qualification

Choose from a range of subjects which can be completed in as little as six weeks, delivering skills you can apply immediately to your role. Build credit towards the Master of Legal Business in a manageable format and timeframe.

Developed and delivered by leaders in their field

Short subjects of only 6 weeks duration

Taught mainly online with some face-to-face attendance

Earn CPD points while gaining credit towards a qualification should you choose to enrol.

Who should take these subjects?

Designed for any professional aspiring to lead a law firm or legal department or to consolidate their current leadership role

  • Partners
  • Senior associates
  • Practice group leaders
  • General and practice managers
  • In-house counsel
  • Head of legal operations
  • Functional specialists such as IT and digital managers, knowledge managers, HR and L&D managers, marketing and BD managers

Choose from eight initial subjects available from early 2019. Further subjects are in development and will be made available progressively. The sequence of subjects may change.

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Subjects available from February 2019

FEB
2019

Building trusted client relationships: Strategy and practice design

MAR
2019

Innovation: The market-driven transformation of legal delivery and law’s emerging collaborative culture

APR
2019

Operational excellence: Operations and continuous improvement

MAY
2019

Accounting: Financial management for optimal performance

JUN
2019

Building trusted client relationships: Tactics and execution

JUL
2019

Entrepreneurship: The golden age of the legal entrepreneur- Law’s transition from profession to industry

AUG
2019

Operational excellence: Transforming legal services

SEP
2019

Finance: Aligning financial management and business strategy

Program Board

The College’s Program Board for the Legal Business Management programs is chaired by Dr George Beaton.

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I was delighted when the College of Law invited me to lead their Program Board for Legal Business Management. With Australasia-wide coverage and a focus on the practice and business of law, the College is uniquely positioned as the provider of choice for these programs.

George Beaton

Chair, Program Board

Dr George Beaton’s background in teaching strategy in business and law schools, combined with his work in public and private sectors, professional services, universities and governments, give him deep insights into the challenges and opportunities facing leaders and their organisations. He has guided clients through a wide variety of strategic decisions in his 30+ years as an advisor and consultant.

He is widely regarded as a leading independent authority on professional services industries and their firms. His work covers Australia, Asia, USA, Canada, and UK. He has a particular interest in the imperative for law firms to remake their business models. George’s books, NewLaw New Rules and Remaking Law Firms – Why and How, have established him as a global thought-leader.

Comprising leading Australian and international industry experts, the College draws on the Board:

  • for thought leadership and strategic guidance on its Legal Business Management programs;
  • for advice on future directions of the practice and business of law and the transformational changes in the industry;
  • to guide course design and ensure the curriculum meets the emerging needs of legal industry professionals.
Mark Cohen
Mark Cohen

CEO Legal Mosaic

Washington DC USA

Fiona Croswell
Fiona Croswell

Learning & Development Manager ALPMA

Sydney Australia

Janelle Kerrisk
Janelle Kerrisk

Director & Co-founder Helix Legal

Brisbane Australia

Michelle Mahoney
Michelle Mahoney

Executive Director Innovation King & Wood

Mallesons, Melbourne Australia

Terri Mottershead
Terri Mottershead

Director Centre for Legal Innovation

Brisbane Australia

Bronwyn Pott
Bronwyn Pott

Practice Director at Griffith Hack

Sydney Australia

Steven Walker
Steven Walker

CEO and Founder Gen2Law

Sydney Australia

Barry Wilkinson
Barry Wilkinson

Owner Wilkinson Read & Partners

Warwickshire UK

Teaching Fellows and Subject Matter Experts

Your learning experiences will be designed and delivered by industry leaders who will share their unique perspectives and experience to prepare you to be a legal business leader of tomorrow.

Each Teaching Fellow and Subject Matter Expert is at the forefront of their field of practice. Nowhere else will you be able to have access to a team of professionals of this calibre. These are the people who are driving change in the legal services industry. They are keen to share their knowledge and expertise with you in an interactive and stimulating learning environment. They will bring energy and enthusiasm to the task and be there to support your progress through the subject.

The Teaching Fellows and Subject Matter Experts we have appointed to date are listed below and they are indicative of the calibre you can expect from all subjects being developed for the Master of Legal Business.

Joel Barolsky
Joel Barolsky

Joel Barolsky is the Managing Director of Barolsky Advisors, a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Legal Innovation.

Joel is internationally recognised as an outstanding advisor, facilitator and educator to professional service firms. He is a noted expert in the fields of business strategy, client relationship strategy, marketing, business development and pricing. Renowned for big-picture thinking and creative problem solving, Joel has advised over 100 of Australia’s leading professional service organisations and has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences.

Mark Cohen
Mark Cohen

Mark is the CEO of Legal Mosaic - a legal business consultancy, speaker, author, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Distinguished Fellow and the inaugural LIFTED Catalyst-in-Residence of the Singapore Academy of Law.

Mark spent the first 25 years of his career as a civil trial lawyer--decorated Assistant U.S. Attorney, BigLaw partner, founder/managing partner of a multi-city litigation boutique, outside General Counsel, and federally-appointed Receiver of an international company.

Mark pivoted from the representation of clients to ‘the business of law’ some 15 years ago. Mark founded Qualitas, an early legal process outsourcing company (LPO), and then co-founded and managed Clearspire, a groundbreaking ‘twocompany model’ law firm and service company.

Currently, Mark consults with legal service providers on new delivery models and legal buyer solutions.

David Goener
David Goener

David is a partner of beaton, which provides Voice of Your Clients research, strategic consulting and troubleshooting services to professional service firms.

With 18 years’ experience working in and with professional services firms, he helps firms to develop growth strategies, improve pricing effectiveness and operational efficiency.

Prior to joining beaton in 2014, David held senior leadership positions at BDO and McCullough Robertson – and had a long career in banking, during which time he held senior roles in corporate finance, money market and information technology.

Alison Laird
Alison Laird

Alison has spent the last decade working with BigLaw questioning the status quo and encouraging people to think outside of the legal box to deliver ‘different’. As a legal intrapreneur, she uses a clever combination of people, process and technology, collaborating with lawyers, business professionals and clients, to develop bespoke and creative solutions.

Alison is also Chair of the Chief Innovation Officers Forum which brings together like-minded professionals driving change within their organisation providing a platform to share resources and experiences on the innovation journey along with professional development and thought leadership opportunities.

With more than 15 years’ experience working abroad in Beirut, Dubai and London, Alison is now based in Australia bringing her unique perspective to the legal profession as Head of Innovation and Project Delivery Asia Pacific, for global law firm Pinsent Masons. Alison holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Michelle Mahoney
Michelle Mahoney

Michelle is a serial intrapreneur. Michelle has a strong global network and has a track record for maximising technology, transforming business and innovating.

Michelle is a member of King & Wood Mallesons’ Executive Leadership team as the Executive Director of Innovation. Michelle designs and delivers the innovation strategy for King & Wood Mallesons. This includes legal design, digital strategy, the application of artificial intelligence and innovation thought leadership.

Michelle is an Accredited Associate Fellow of AIM, she is a legal technologist, Prince 2 project manager, Prosci change manager, Stanford d.school design thinker and a lean six sigma black belt. Her career has included many first-to-market initiatives. Michelle has received global professional recognition of her market leading work. In 2013 Michelle was one of the first Australians inducted internationally as a Fellow of the College of Law and Practice Management and in 2017 she was awarded the International Legal Technology Association Distinguished Peer Leadership Award.

Katherine Thomas
Katherine Thomas

Katherine has a reputation for strategic thinking combined with a large dose of pragmatism.

Katherine understands the challenges of managing and developing legal service businesses because she has experience both as a ‘fee-earner’ and as a business development adviser.

In 2013, Katherine established the flexible resourcing service Vario for international law firm Pinsent Masons. By growing long-term client relationships as well as gaining new clients, she grew Vario from an idea to an award-winning, business in under three years that now has international coverage. Prior to that, Katherine spent 15 years in senior business development, communications and knowledge roles, leading major change projects across multiple geographies and establishing Pinsent Masons’ firmwide client development programme.

Katherine now runs her own consultancy – Katherine Thomas Consulting Pty Ltd - that helps law firms grow by developing existing client relationships, establishing new relationships and launching new services.

Steven Walker
Steven Walker

Steven is Managing Director of Elevate's law department and contracts consulting business in APAC. Elevate is a fast-growing global law company. For 4 consecutive years it has been ranked as a top global law company by Chambers and Partners, providing consulting, technology and services to many of the world’s largest law departments and law firms. He is a 20-year lawyer, having spent a decade at Hewlett-Packard in leadership positions covering several countries, with several years as Vice President, South Pacific General Counsel.

Before that, he practised law at Norton Rose and Baker McKenzie in London, Sydney and Germany, specialising in IT, IP, technology M&A and information technology/ applications/business process outsourcing. Steven specialises in helping legal departments, law firms and legal service providers innovate and transform to the next generation of legal delivery and ops services.

He has pioneered multiple global and regional legal and contracting transformations, implementing and managing complex services solutions underpinned by cutting-edge technology and lean process combined with innovative people strategies and sourcing models, generating quantifiable business savings and quality improvements.

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