Welcome to Dialogue

Dialogue provides a forum for those invested in BigLaw firms to add their voices to the remaking conversation.

We encourage lawyers and others with a stake in the profession: clients, partners, and leaders of BigLaw firms, NewLaw participants, academics, law students, analysts, commentators, and others to join in.

There are no right or wrong views, diversity and differences are crucial to imagining the future.

Readers are invited to contribute their posts (subject to curation) and comments.

Contact me at george.beaton@beatonglobal.com or call me +61 418 325 351.

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Stop trying to differentiate your firm

I published a shorter version of Stop trying to differentiate your firm in The Australian Financial Review on 3 May 2019 and later the full text as on my blog, Relationship Capital.

Editor: Joel provocative opening paragraph struck a nerve: “99% of Australia’s full-service law firms have a strategy based on seeking clear market differentiation. In my view, they’re largely wasting their time and money.” So it’s a pleasure to bring the full text to readers of Dialogue.

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Remaking News of the Week: Why Breakaways and Boutiques are Flourishing

In Remaking News of the Week: Why Breakaways and Boutiques are Flourishing I feature a piece from LAW.COM titled Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques. Why These Young Lawyers Are Sold on Smaller Firms. I commend the read and, if you’re inclined, podcast because it cogently reminds larger BigLaw business model firms that they are no longer the talent magnet they’ve been accustomed to for all of living memory.

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Remaking News of the Week: 4 BIG Legal Tech themes in 2019

Remaking News of the Week: 4 BIG Legal Tech themes in 2019 is a long – and very worthwhile – piece published in Artifical Lawyer on 2 August. It’s tech journalism at its best; I commend readers to invest the time to study 4 BIG Legal Tech themes in 2019 and, as always, form your own views. Please do share your comments.

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Law schools’ lost opportunities

Law schools’ lost opportunities by regular Dialogue contributor  extends our discourse of legal education and the need to modernise law schools in the face of rapidly changing needs and the technological revolution.    

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Continuing Heather Suttie’s Analysis of the Big Four: Next Big Bite

Continuing Heather Suttie’s Analysis of the Big Four: Next Big Bite is an insightful look at just how far and fast the Big Four are likely to encroach on BigLaw’s patch. Heather’s post is well-timed! In the last two months two Australian-based former managing partners of King & Wood Mallesons, a premier BigLaw firm, have been named global heads of PwC Legal and KPMG Legal. A certain sign of the times      

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Anna Hinder makes her debut with House Sitting or House Stealing

Anna Hinder makes her debut on Dialogue with House Sitting or House Stealing, a critical look at work quality before women go on parental leave from BigLaw firms and what happens when they return to work. Anna writes, “This blog came from taking a close look at the real reasons women don’t stay in the partner pipeline. I’m aware of one firm that pays attention to this and they are seeing results.” Read on…

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Remaking News of the Week: The law firm as a platform

I’ve based Remaking News of the Week: The law firm as a platform on a post by occasional Dialogue contributor, Ross Dawson’s report on his recent keynote address on Technology Leadership in an Accelerating World at the Oracle Impact conference in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m reporting Ross’ observations in Remaking News of the Week because these ideas from other industries are so relevant to BigLaw firms.

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