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Master of Legal Business Management

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

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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.

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Our first student explains why she enrolled:

I believe that today, and in the future, successful lawyers must be more customer-centric and able to work collaboratively. Other professional services have undergone enormous change as a result of digitalisation. I want to be a part of improving the way lawyers operate in a digital enabled world.

Fiona McLay

Rankin Business Lawyers

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.

Enrol in a subject

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

Managing Director, Elevate Law Department

Sydney Australia

Barry Wilkinson
Barry Wilkinson

Owner Wilkinson Read & Partners

Warwickshire UK

Richard Lane
Richard Lane

Director of Legal Finance Professionals Limited

Coventry UK

Richard Burcher
Richard Burcher

Managing Director, Validatum (UK) Limited

London UK

Teaching Fellows 

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 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 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.

George Beaton
George Beaton
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.
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.

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.

Richard Lane
Richard Lane

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and the director of Legal Finance Professionals Limited. Richard provides an extensive program of public CPD training courses as well as in-house training for medium and larger legal practices and also delivers financial awareness training programs across a range of industry sectors.

Prior to this Richard worked in the United Kingdom for Baker Tilly as part of their audit team and helped to develop and deliver Baker Tilly’s student training program. In 1996 Richard joined the Law Society (later to become the Solicitors Regulation Authority) where he worked within the Forensic Investigation Unit and was responsible for managing and overseeing investigations into the financial affairs of solicitors’ firms. As a representative of the Law Society/SRA Richard was a regular speaker at conferences and training events throughout the UK. 

Richard has also been a guest speaker for the Institute of Chartered Accountants at their Solicitors’ Special Interest Group national conference and spoken at numerous training events around the country including courses for the UK 200 Group, Mercia Training, MBL Seminars, Grant Thornton, MacIntyre Hudson, Moores Rowland International as well as local Law Society and ICAEW district events.

Richard Burcher
Richard Burcher

Richard Burcher is a former New Zealand practicing lawyer and managing partner with over 30 years’ experience.

Following masters-level post-­‐graduate study in pricing-­‐related disciplines in 2000/2001, Richard has been based in London since 2012 as the Managing Director of Validatum (UK) Limited (www.validatum.com).

Richard now devotes all of his time to legal services pricing consultancy work and is widely regarded as the leading international authority on pricing legal services.  His pricing consultancy services and speaking engagements take him throughout the UK, Asia, India, Europe, Australasia and North America.   

Richard is a Teaching Fellow (Pricing) on the Master of Legal Business program at the College of Law, Australia, a regular speaker at national and international conferences including IBA global conferences (Dublin and London), the Commonwealth Law Conference (Hyderabad, India), the VQ Virtual Intelligence Knowledge and Strategy Forum (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Canadian Bar Association Managing Partners Forum (Calgary Canada). 

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