Lawyers are critical in the workplaces of the future,’ study reveals
The skills provided by corporate counsel have made in-house legal experts vital to workplaces with an eye towards the future, according to a study conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel and legal ops platform Dazychain.
The study focused on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on legal departments and involved an Alpha Creates survey that was conducted online among 60 legal teams in Australia over May 2020-June 2020. The results were compiled in a report entitled What’s next? The impact of COVID-19 on Australian corporate legal departments. Read More
Two new justices have been appointed to the High Court of Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter announced on Wednesday that with the impending retirement of Honourable Justice Virginia Bell and Honourable Justice Geoffrey Nettle, Jacqueline Gleeson and Simon Steward would take the bench. Read More
Game-changing: how Covid-19 has reshaped our thinking about the future of work
From promoting a diverse workforce to making remote and flexible work the norm, 2020 has transformed our workplaces. It’s work life, but not as we knew it. The coronavirus-enforced lockdown has disrupted our previously entrenched notion of the “office” and what it means to go to work. Many of us have set up shop in home offices, at dining tables and in corners of our living room. Almost one-third of working Australians have worked from home while social distancing, and this has changed the way businesses and employees are thinking about the future of work. The way we think about space is different. Adam Gregory, senior director ANZ, talent and learning solutions, at LinkedIn, says our physical workplaces have changed and are likely to keep changing. Read More.
COVID and Gender Equality
According to Deloitte, for every month of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia has lost one year on progress towards economic gender equality. Women seem to shouldering a bigger burden of home care and are more likely to be affected by job cuts, a view which is shared by WGEA. They both agree that gender equality needs to be at the heart of our economic recovery. Read some of Deloitte’s responses and strategies. Read More
$14 trillion investor coalition puts Australia’s miners on notice over Indigenous rights.
A coalition of global investors managing a collective $14 trillion has written to Australia’s biggest mining companies describing Rio Tinto’s destruction of Aboriginal rock shelters as a wake-up call and demanding assurances about their relationships with First Nations peoples.
In a letter circulated on Thursday, the investor group which included America’s Fidelity, the Church of England Pensions Board and several top local super funds said their long-term investments meant they needed to have confidence in how miners obtained and maintained their “social licence” with the traditional custodians of their land on which they operated. Read More
What 2021 will look like for legal tech and innovation?
Monumental change is potentially on the horizon for the legal technological sphere, but fundamentals such as collaboration, humanisation and effective client service delivery will remain key to professional success. Leaders across the legal technology and innovation sphere in Australia feel positive about the future, with the legal profession all but assured to not completely revert to pre-pandemic workplace conditions. With the increased usage of and reliance on tech platforms and products, however, comes greater responsibility for providers to ensure their offerings are as innovative, practical and accessible not just for legal practitioners but also for their myriad and diverse clients. Read More