Business strategy: Planning for success

Learn how to plan a successful strategy for your organisation

With the number and type of providers growing by the day from law firm spin-offs, to technology solutions, boutique specialists, in-house teams and individual freelancers, a compelling and authentic business strategy has never been more vital to success. ‘Winging it’ and copying the competition is no longer an option. Only with a sound strategy can legal organisations carve a distinctive, purposeful and profitable position in this increasingly crowded and complex market. ‘Business strategy – planning for success’ provides students with the tools to plan a successful strategy for their chosen organisation.

Acquire knowledge on planning strategies that are vital to an organisations' success

What do I get when I study Business Strategy: Planning for success

A subject in or credit towards the Master of Legal Business

Online Learning


Taught by Katherine Thomas

Crafting a distinctive strategy to set your practice or law department up to succeed

Who is this subject designed for?

This subject is designed for any legal professional seeking a leadership role in a legal services organisation or wishing to consolidate their skills in this area.

  • Senior associates
  • Partners
  • Practice managers
  • General managers
  • Managing partners
  • General counsel
  • Legal operations managers and others.



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What will I learn?

On successful completion of the subject students will be able to:

  1. Understand what strategy is….and what it isn’t
  2. Define the core framework for strategic planning and how to apply it
  3. Recognise the primary strategic models and evaluate their application to different types of legal organisations
  4. Create a strategic plan for your chosen organisation

Your Teaching Fellow

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.

Katherine has also recently launched Free Range Lawyers to help law companies resource their work more effectively and profitably by temporarily accessing the skills of lawyers based across the globe.

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