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Live Q&A Webinar
August 3, 2022

Legal Business Development - What Works

Date & time: Wednesday 3 August 2022, 12:30 - 1:30 PM AEST
​Cost: Complimentary
​CPD: 1 CPD point


Has your law firm hit roadblocks in it's growth journey? Are you unsure of what steps you need to take to increase client acquisition and upscale your business?

Join us at this live webinar as Garth Brown, Principal, Brown & Brown Conveyancers, brings to focus a range of proven and actionable strategies that can help to drive the long-term growth of your law firm. During this webinar, Garth will cover:

  • Different simple, proven, cost effective actions lawyers can undertake now to develop, consolidate, and expand their business.
  • Real life case studies from Garth Brown's own experiences and insights into what has worked for him.

Presented by Garth Brown, Legal Consultancy

Live Q&A Webinar
August 11, 2022

Be the Leader that you Would Follow. Authentic Leadership – The Key to the Future Success of Business in our Social World

Date & time: Thursday 11 August 2022, 12:30 - 1:30 PM AEST
​Cost: Complimentary
​CPD: 1 CPD point

‘Leadership’. It is a word that is thrown around workplaces all the time but sometimes with so little thought. We hear a lot about the importance of leadership to succeed in business, but so little about leadership and success in our broader lives. We are often all leaders in some aspect of our lives, whether it is at work, at home or out in the community at large; a great leader is the one that we want to chase after, be like and follow to the top of that hill! They inspire those around them to bring their best in any situation and, in doing so, create high-performance environments that foster success.

This month we will revisit leadership in the context of law firms for the future.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

Live Q&A Webinar
August 17, 2022

How to Improve your Client’s Experience for Family Law Matters

Date & time: Wednesday 17 August 2022, 12 - 1 PM AEST
​Cost: Complimentary
​CPD: 1 CPD point

Family Lawyers wear many hats, providing professional advice, assistance and support with a wide range of issues. These include: separation, divorce, child support, adoption and property, and financial settlements. It’s for this reason, they are continuously facing new challenges, particularly around time and cost pressures.

Join us for an in-depth webinar, as we discuss:

  • Common property law occurrence for family law matters and how you can address these.
  • Recent changes in the family law space.
  • The future of family law matters.
  • Plus, hear about recent learnings from Smokeball's State of Family Law National Conference, and how you can use Smokeball and SettleIT to streamline you Family Law matters.

Presented by: Lachlan Sandbrook, Product Specialist at SettleIT, Zehava Heinrich, Legal Product Team Manager at Smokeball and Talya Faigenbaum, Principal Lawyer & Family Law Team Leader at Nest Legal.

Live Q&A Webinar
November 2, 2022

How to Remain Positive and Upbeat About Your Work

Date & time: Wednesday 2 November 2022, 12:30 - 1:30 PM AEDT
​Cost: Complimentary
​CPD: 1 CPD point


It's no secret that the legal sector has a reputation for stress, burnout, and mental fatigue, but what if it didn't have to be this way? Join us this stress awareness week as we welcome Garth Brown, Principal, Brown & Brown Conveyancers, who will share his insights into how you can reclaim or maintain your mental wellbeing while practicing the profession you fell in love with.

During this webinar Garth will explore:

  • Reduce mental and emotional stress
  • Unclutter your life
  • Develop mindfulness and a resourceful mind
  • Regain your time, autonomy and life
  • Real life stories from Garth Brown and his legal journey

Presented by Garth Brown, Legal Consultancy

On-demand Webinar

Starting A Law Firm: Tips & Traps from an Award-Winning Principal Lawyer

Starting a new law firm involves many moving parts that all need to fit together correctly to set you up for long-term success. From securing the right equipment and software to implementing an effective and sustainable growth strategy, it is essential that you are correctly poised before taking the plunge and establishing your own firm.

Join us as we welcome Jane Oxley, Chief Revenue Officer, Smokeball and Amanda Little, Principal Solicitor, Amanda Little & Associates, who will provide you with an actionable road map that you can put into place when starting up your law firm. This session will firstly cover the basic steps of establishing your firm and will then explore the journey that multi-award-winning principal Amanda Little undertook when starting her own law firm. This will include an overview of the traps that many law firms need to be wary of while starting out, as well as the tips that she believes can help small law firms achieve long-term success.

Presented by Jane Oxley, Chief Revenue Officer, Smokeball and Amanda Little, Principal Solicitor, Amanda Little & Associates.

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Getting Your Law firm Off The Ground: Delivery Is Key

Who are you?

Join Amanda Little from “The Business Minded lawyer” to discuss the importance of branding and consistency in approach when marketing your law firm.

From the colours you choose, to the website you build, the image you use in your marketing materials and the way your write – it all feed back into the brand you portray and how you connect with your ideal client.

Presented by Amanda Little, Principal Solicitor, Amanda Little & Associates.

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On-demand Webinar

Converting Your Client Inquiries into Billable Matters

Are you receiving an influx of new client enquiries, attending many initial consultations, but your conversion rates are low?

Join Accredited Specialist Amanda Little to discuss the art of conversion for Family Law matters, to take your law firm enquiries into viable, billable matters.

Presented by Amanda Little, Principal Solicitor, Amanda Little & Associates.

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Improving Productivity & Profitability through Psychological Safety & Inclusion

Conversations about psychological safety, inclusion and diversity are ever-increasing but why are these concepts important and how do they affect our daily lives or businesses? How can inclusion help our teams, clients and bottom line?

This session looks beyond theories, concepts, and explores how these ‘hot button’ concepts affect us, our business and the clients we serve in practical, tangible terms. In this session, attendees will takeaway the following learnings.

  • What is psychological safety and the importance of creating psychological safe spaces in the workplace
  • The relationship between psychological safety and inclusion
  • How to effectively build and maintain psychologically safe and inclusive workplaces

Presented by Sheetal Deo, collaborator, lawyer, advocate and educator.

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On-demand Webinar

Find Your Legal Practice Management Match

With so many legal practice management software tools now available on the market, how can you quickly identify the best fit for your law firm's needs and goals?

Watch this unique event, as eight legal technology industry experts showcase powerful software tools that will maximise your law firm's efficiency, revenue, and team collaboration.

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On-demand Webinar

State of Family Law Webinar: Practical and Theoretical Insights into the FCFCOA Merger

The 2022 State of Family Law Webinar will feature a collaborative discussion between key leaders in family law, who will provide an in-depth overview of the practical and theoretical implications of the FCFCOA Merger. The webinar will be CPD accredited and free to attend.

We are delighted to welcome to the 2022 State of Family Law Webinar:

  • Fiona Kirkman, CEO, FamilyProperty and Principal, Kirkman Family Law
  • Amanda Little, Principal Solicitor, Amanda Little & Associates
  • Anne-Marie Rice, Senior Judicial Registrar and Executive Director - Dispute Resolution, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
  • Therese Aroyan, Project Manager & Product Owner, FamilyProperty, (Host and Moderator)
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On-demand Webinar

The Documents - Building Your Fixed Fee Proposals and Having a Go

How does Fixed Fee billing look when it’s put into action? Let’s talk documents.

It’s time to create your fixed fee proposal templates. Join us as we welcome Clarissa Rayward, Director, Brisbane Family Law Centre, who will help you put together all the pieces involved in switching to fixed-fee billing, and show you what it looks like to build and design your very own fixed fee proposal template.

Putting your template together is such an important part of the fixed fee process – for you, your business, and your clients. Learn how to put together your documents (and give it a go yourself) to see your new fixed-fee billing model come together. Goodbye, timesheets!

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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On-demand Webinar

Fixed Fee Pricing - Steps and Considerations When Valuing Your Services

So it’s time to figure out your fixed-fee pricing – where do you begin? One of the hardest parts of moving to fixed-fee billing is figuring out what your price should be. If you’re no longer charging an hourly rate, how do you value your time and services?

Join Clarissa Rayward, Director, Brisbane Family Law Centre, and learn the steps and considerations in pricing and valuing your services – including some ‘out of the box’ considerations that make all the difference to your fixed fee business.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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On-demand Webinar

How to Market Your Law Firm with No Time and No Money

Most lawyers understand that marketing is an essential part of building a practice. The problem? When you’re running a law firm, finding the right time balance to allow you to actually “do some marketing” is seriously challenging. Inevitably, the never-ending string of client requests and demands take the bulk of your day and the majority of your energy.

So, is there a way that you can implement a marketing program for your practice without having to spend five hours a day having coffees with prospects? Yes!

Join us as we welcome Chris Hargreaves, who will provide a digital marketing masterclass with a specific focus on:

  • The foundation principles of effective digital marketing
  • The main roadblocks that prevent most lawyers from implementing successful digital marketing strategies, and how to get around them
  • A practical marketing strategy you can implement immediately, with only 15 minutes or less a day

Presented by Chris Hargreaves, Owner, Known, Liked and Trusted

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On-demand Webinar
December 2, 2021

How to Scope - Building Project Plans for your Client Files

Scoping – a vital part of fixed-fee billing, but how do you do it right?

Scoping can seem daunting, especially in matters that surpass your initial fixed fee scope. Well, good news – this is totally in your control. In this webinar, Clarissa will take you through all the steps involved in scoping, including; how you can build project plans for your client files, how to make sure you can create detailed scopes that allow flexibility and transparency.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre

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On-demand Webinar
October 28, 2021

Fixed Fee Pricing 101 for Small Law Firms

Timesheets! Aren’t they just the best thing? * Said no lawyer, ever! Moving away from time-based billing can be an absolute game-changer for small law firms looking to streamline their billing processes.

Join Clarissa Rayward and learn the essential tactics and numbers involved in implementing Fixed and Value pricing successfully - so that you can toss those timesheets once and for all.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre

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On-demand Webinar

The Future for Family Lawyers- Best Practice When Working with Separating Families

Life as a Family Lawyer has always come with its own unique set of opportunities and challenges. Join Clarissa Rayward as we reconsider the role of a Family Lawyer in 2022, the skill set required and discuss some of the great tools available that can make lawyer’s jobs a little easier too.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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On-demand Webinar

Personal Brand! The Key to Success in Today’s Professional Services Market

Your personal brand is your reputation but in our online world, lawyers have more opportunity than ever before to leverage their individual brand at scale.

Join Clarissa Rayward as she explores the power of curating your personal brand when it comes to your business and career as a lawyer.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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3 Things we can All Do Right Now to Make the World a Better Place

Join Clarissa Rayward as she shares three essential skills we can all call on that have a dual effect in bringing calm to what can often feel like chaos in our professional and personal worlds as lawyers but also have a bigger impact on the world we all live in.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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On-demand Webinar

How to master Next Generation InfoTrack Integration

Next Generation Integration with InfoTrack and Smokeball takes your productivity to the next level. Transform the way you complete everyday tasks like verifying a client’s identity. Achieve even more efficiencies by reducing the need for repeat data entry. Create and complete matters with ease.

Join this masterclass for a deep dive into Next Generation Integration and discover how implementing the right practice management software and integrations can optimise firm efficiency, increase mobility and make the transition to a paperless office seamless.

Presented by Brendan Smart, InfoTrack Chief Revenue Officer and Michael Wong, Smokeball National Renewals Manager.

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It’s All in the Mind! Changing How You See the World to Create a Happier You

In this webinar, Clarissa Rayward will show you why your mindset is a huge strength in managing lawyer life. From our individual wellness, to leading teams and building lasting client relationships, your mindset will play a significant role in your success. This workshop will explore the available tools to harness and improve your mindset - so you can lead a happier life in and outside of practising law.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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On-demand Webinar
September 2, 2021

Shake it Off! Is Confetti the Answer to the Modern Lawyers Problems?

Two decades of research continues to show us that lawyers are struggling with elevated rates of psychological ill-health, burn out and stress. But, despite all the research, we still have a long way to go. Clarissa will tackle the question of "what’s next?" in the conversation about lawyer wellness. We know the challenges, we have the research, so what do we need to do to finally reduce the high rates of poor health and dissatisfaction. The answer might lie in confetti! Not in its actual form but rather in all that it stands for.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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On-demand Webinar
August 4, 2021

The 5 traits of a Happy Lawyer in Law and in Life

Happiness and law are two concepts that are not readily seen together. For those practising law, we should be looking for ways to ensure that our careers allow us to enjoy a happy life. Drawing from research and work from her book of the same name, Clarissa Rayward will take you through the five key elements you need to successfully manage and build a fulfilling career in law and life outside of it.

Presented by Clarissa Rayward, Director Brisbane Family Law Centre aka 'The Happy Family Lawyer

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Supercharge your Productivity with FamilyProperty

Join us as we showcase Smokeball and FamilyProperty's latest integration technology for family lawyers. Learn how you can complete intakes, populate balance sheets, model offers, manage two-way disclosure and generate documents in minutes instead of hours.

Presented by Shannel Fanous, Family Property Business Development Manager​

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Bill More, Without Your Clients Paying More

Want to bill more without your clients paying more? Sounds impossible, but it's true! ​The combination of Smokeball's best in class productivity features with our unique automatic time tracking will increase your billings and your client's satisfaction - no matter how you bill.

During this webinar, learn how you can get your work done faster using Smokeball's powerful productivity tools. And discover how using our time tracking will help you know exactly where you make and lose money; to better optimise your profitability.

Presented by Hunter Steele, Smokeball Chief Executive Officer and Jane Oxley Smokeball Chief Revenue officer

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Starting a Law Firm

Never before have law firms, courts, and clients been so reliant on technology and innovation to ensure success. ​When starting a new law firm, it is vital that you establish a clear strategy and implement the right technology to build a long-lasting foundation for the future.

During this live webinar, we will share practical tips and cutting edge software to help you kickstart and grow a thriving legal business.

Presented by Jane Oxley, Smokeball Chief Revenue Officer

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