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Finalists revealed for Australian Law Awards

Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the finalists for the Australian Law Awards 2017. Now in its 17th year, the annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards is the premier legal event of the year. Across 34 blockbuster categories, everyone is recognised at the Australian Law Awards, from the profession’s most senior ranks to its rising stars. After seeing the most…

Franchise Success Celebrated at VIC/TAS Excellence in Franchising Awards

The Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) recognised franchising’s best in Victoria and Tasmania at the 2017 Vic/Tas Excellence in Franchising Awards presentations in Melbourne on Friday night. Winners at the event included Anton Silove of MBCM Strata Specialists in Frankston, Mornington and Chelsea who was named Vic/Tas Multi Unit Franchisee of the Year; Nellie Dicks of Bank of Queensland in Richmond, who…

Law Revealed to be the ‘least playful’ Profession!

A new survey has revealed that lawyers dedicate the least amount of leisure time among all professionals. Beko’s recent World Play Shortage Report found that almost one in three adults have less than 10 hours of free time per week, while 36 per cent have less than two hours per day. Breaking down the professions, the report highlighted that almost half of…

Challenge to the Status Quo

Like many women in the legal industry, Meda Royall was fed up with the seemingly impossible expectations of young solicitors and barriers to partnership at the top end of town. While there had been much talk about increased flexibility and accessibility to partnership for women and those not prepared to chain themselves to a desk, an entrenched hierarchical guard and…

Seamless scalability a boon for legal franchising model

As lawyers grow comfortable with the NewLaw franchising proposition, its increasing popularity is assisted by how simply offshore support services can be scaled-up. One year since launching her NewLaw franchisee business model for lawyers from Victoria, Meda Royall (pictured) is setting her sights further afield. Two months ago in November, the business switched gears to launch Australia-wide. By early this…

Can I renegotiate an unfair contract?

Picture the scene. You’re a personal customer of a big company, and you think that the way your contract is worded is unfair. You think that the balance of rights within that contract is skewed towards the company. But the problem is that the contract is the standard one which is dished out to every single customer that the company…

Your Law Firm shortlisted for prestigious industry awards!

Your Law Firm is in the running to take out THREE of Australia’s most coveted law awards. Shortlisted as a finalist in the Employee Program of the Year, NewLaw Firm of the Year and Regional/ Suburban Lawyer of the Year (Brooke Reardon of Your Law Firm | Horsham) categories at the nationally-recognised 2017 Australian Law Awards hosted by Lawyers Weekly,…

The Brave New World of Law and the future of firms- LIV Podcast

LIV journalist Karin Derkley speaks to Meda Royall and Scott Chamberlain who have both identified opportunities for businesses in the changing legal landscape and responded to them. Meda is the founder and CEO of Australia’s first franchised law firm, Your Law Firm, which delivers personalised legal services to local clients based on fixed, transparent fees. Scott is a senior lecturer at ANU’s…

Offering an alternative to the ‘old boys’ club’

Last month the Herald Sun spoke with Your Law Firm Founder and CEO, Meda Royall about the frustrations some lawyers are facing in traditional firms and that the current status quo needs to shift. With more and more women and men alike moving away from law, due to the instances of bullying in the workplace and the belief that this…

Taking action to combat mental health issues for lawyers

 Last week Your Law Firm Founder and CEO, Meda Royall spoke with Lawyers Weekly about addressing mental health issues in the legal profession, focusing on work life balance and job satisfaction. Having spoken to countless lawyers who have left traditional firms and gone into sole practice, hoping for more work life balance and flexibility, only to find that the long…

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