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Risk on Air
29 minutes | 14 days ago
Employment Risks in the Aftermath of Claims
The aftermath of a claim is a prime opportunity to explore changes to a law practice, particularly issues around employees whose conduct might have contributed to the claim. Show Notes: In this episode, guests Alex Haslam and Sarah Wood discuss systems around good employee supervision and the creation of ethical law firm cultures. They also discuss ways to approach disciplining or dismissing employees whose conduct is not meeting the firm’s expectations, and the employment law risks which arise from disciplinary action. Cases discussed Legal Services Commissioner v Ibidapo Olayemi  VCAT 1283 For law practices wanting insurance for employment related claims, information about Lawcover’s Lawyers Management Liability Policy can be found here: Lawyers Management Liability
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Your Practice − Four Essential Questions
We discuss the importance of having a risk management strategy for your legal practice. This includes the four essential questions that every legal practice owner should ask in order to reduce general risks and in particular, the risk of claims.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Client Files – Managing the Risk
Every client file is different and proper management is key for timely and effective client service and risk mitigation.
26 minutes | 7 months ago
Remote Working – Employment Issues
When running a legal practice what are your obligations as an employer when it comes to working remotely? We discuss the risks, what is reasonably practicable and how you can minimise the risk to yourself, the legal practice and your employees to ensure a safe and effective work environment for everyone.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Remote Working – Mitigating Risk
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, we look at the unique challenges that solicitors and law practices face as they transition to a remote working environment and evolving work arrangements. What are the potential risk implications for your practice? We discuss how systems, processes, clients and employees are impacted and how you can best minimise the risk of a professional negligence claim during these times of uncertainty.
48 minutes | 9 months ago
In family provision litigation there are points where your exposure to risk increases. Knowing where these danger points lie can make all the difference. We examine the stages of family provision litigation and the points at which a solicitor is most exposed to risk. We examine how and why each risk point arises and what you can do to manage it.
35 minutes | a year ago
Changing Ethics – What is Expected?
Do solicitors stick to advising on the strict application of the law, or do they have a role in helping a client decide what is right and wrong?
26 minutes | a year ago
Property Transactions using Powers of Attorney
For many solicitors property transactions form a large part of legal practice; but they are not always straightforward.
42 minutes | a year ago
Litigation – Lessons Learned
By examining recent cases we discuss the key risk areas in litigation practice, how this risk presents itself in different matters and the steps you can take to manage it in your practice.
35 minutes | a year ago
Cyber Risk – The Facts
What cyber risks are relevant to your legal practice and what can you do about it? We discuss recent cyber claims, why and how solicitors have become targets and what can be done to secure your legal practice against cyber-attack.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Practice Financials – The Power of the Dollar
For a legal practice to thrive, good financial management is key. We examine the link between poor financial management and professional negligence claims, and what can be done to minimise the likelihood of problems occurring while working towards a more profitable and successful law practice.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
Practice Management Issues
Lawcover shares lessons from 10 years of law firm visits and examines the recurring risk issues and key aspects of legal practice management that commonly give rise to claims, how you can better understand your practice systems and what you can do to improve operations and minimise risk.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
The Cost of Defamation
Sometimes it’s the simplest of actions that can expose a solicitor to a defamation claim. We discuss recent claims in the area and examine why solicitors are at risk, how they can become exposed to claims and what precautions they can take to control the risk within their practice.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Changes in Conveyancing
Conveyancing is one of the largest areas of legal practice and it is changing.We discuss these changes along with cases, current issues and recent developments in conveyancing and how this relates to risk in everyday legal practice.
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Getting the Message Across
Are you confident that misunderstandings or false assumptions could not arise between yourself and your client? We discuss recent cases which highlight the importance of clear client communication, how and why these situations occur and what can be done to manage the risk in your legal practice.
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Are you unsure if your client has capacity to make a will? What should you do? We examine key cases surrounding testamentary capacity and practical measures that solicitors can take to ensure the risk is minimised and that the client’s will has the best chance of being upheld in a capacity challenge.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Duty to warn on bad deals?
We discuss a solicitor’s duty of care to avoid economic loss to a client and how this relates to managing risk in everyday legal practice.
39 minutes | 3 years ago
Getting Paid – Costs Issues
This podcast will examine the issues and risks associated with cost estimates, fixed costs and how practical measures can be taken to manage this risk, maintain a happy client base and get paid on time.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Lawyers are faced with unique, rewarding and sometimes confronting circumstances in every day legal practice. Our “Mental Health” podcast considers these challenges and the impact they can have on individual health and how to recognise warning signs, reducing risk to lawyers, their staff and their practice.
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