“Berlin is closer to Beijing than Brisbane is”

“Berlin is closer to Beijing than Brisbane is. And it will always be so.” – Andrea Myles, CEO China Australia Millennial Project (CHAMP) I recently had the great fortune and pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of the inaugural CHAMP. Unlike many other events I attend, this one was driven by a group of young adults […]

How well are we doing at exporting #Auslaw?

Finally, some years after the Australian Government first announced and then consigned to the dustbin  its ‘Australia in the Asian Century‘ whitepaper, a fair amount is being written around the issue of exporting Australian professional – read, ‘legal‘ – services, including: The Australian – ‘Service exports to Asia a $163bn opportunity‘ (subscription required), The Australian – ‘Free trade opportunity knocks for services […]

Aussie university legal education more relevant regionally than their British counter-parties

… or so says the Singapore Bar. Following the delisting last week of eight British universities from the Singapore Bar’s approved list of institutions for admissions, questions have naturally been asked why law graduates from Australian universities were not getting the same treatment (where some universities have been “down graded” but not delisted). Very sensibly, […]

Brief comment on LSG Article – “Australia: extracting value”

The [UK] Law Society Gazette’s published feature this week is an overview of developments in the Australian legal market following the recent entry by ‘northern hemisphere’ firms (Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Norton Rose, Herbert Smith, Bird & Bird, to name a few) by freelance writer Marialuisa Taddia (‘Australia: extracting value’). While a useful high level overview of […]

Foreign exchange woes hurt Australian arm of K&L Gates

Back in March 2013 I wrote a blog post on how foreign currency fluctuations were likely going to hurt international law firms with a presence in Australia, over the following 12-18 months, unless the firms hedged against this exposure. Not wishing to be one who says “told you so”, but a report in today’s Australian newspaper (‘Exchange movements […]

Demand for legal services in Australia is flat – so what can I do about it?

Yesterday’s [4 July 2014] Australian newspaper Legal Affairs section published an article – “Top-tier firms axe hundreds of jobs” (subscription required if you wish to read the full article) – that opened with the following paragraph: THE nation’s biggest law firms are in the midst of an employment shake-out with hundreds of jobs disappearing as […]