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February 29, 2024
Navigating Growth, Talent, and AI in the Legal Landscape
Smokeball's State of Law Report unveils the challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry that will shape the year in 2024
August 14, 2023
Highlights from Smokeball Spark: Implementing a Roadmap for Growth
Discover an actionable roadmap that you can leverage to achieve success and growth for your law firm
August 4, 2023
Enhance Your Practice with Marketplace Precedents: Newly Added Fertility and Surrogacy Law Precedents
If you are a Family, Fertility or Surrogacy Lawyer, we have Precedents available for you in Smokeball
August 4, 2023
Empowering Family Law Professionals on How to Best Address Family Violence Matters
Discover practical insights that you can implement in professional practice to help your clients who have been impacted by family violence
August 4, 2023
Highlights from Smokeball Spark: Building a Financially Thriving Legal Practice
Discover all the valuable insights from Clayton Oates on building a financially thriving legal practice
August 4, 2023
FileMan now integrates with Smokeball
Level up your security and simplify the archiving of all your closed files with FileMan’s integration with Smokeball.
August 4, 2023
Highlights from Smokeball Spark: Automating Your Legal Practice
Learn how automation tools can enhance you law firms' efficiency, accuracy, resource allocation, reduce costs, and improve client satisfaction, in Hunter Steele’s transformative Smokeball Spark session.
August 4, 2023
ChatGPT for Lawyers: Everything You Need to Know
Will AI replace lawyers? We outline information on legal technology and the role of machine learning, and how it will impact legal professionals around the world.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball and FamilyProperty Present the “State of Family Law Series: Best Practice in Family Violence”
Registrations are now open for the six-part webinar series beginning 31st May.
August 4, 2023
Celebrating National Secretary's Day 2023
To celebrate our unsung legal admin superstars, we asked our clients to tell us how their remarkable paralegal or secretary goes the extra mile for their firm, for their chance to spoil them with a luxury hamper. And the winners are...
August 4, 2023
8 Strategies to Safeguard your Firm During Economic Downturn
Use these 8 strategies to protect your firm and maintain a robust profit regardless of the fluctuating economy.
August 4, 2023
Highlights from Smokeball Spark: 6 Superpowers of High-Performing Happy Lawyers
Uncover the six super powers of high-performing happy lawyers in Clarissa Rayward's enlightening Smokeball Spark session.
August 4, 2023
Highlights from Smokeball Spark: Designing a Seamless Legal Client Experience
Discover all the valuable insights from Paul Hugh-Jones Smokeball Spark session on designing a seamless legal experience.
August 4, 2023
How Legal Technology Can Help Your Firm Grow and Retain Its Client Base
The law firm of the future is one that embraces technology to grow and retain its client base.
October 5, 2023
PaperCut MF using Cilantro now integrates with Smokeball
Streamline your workflow and securely manage all scan and print activities.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball Spark 2023: Highlights from Hunter Steele's 'Vision + Product Innovations' Keynote
Smokeball CEO and Founder Hunter Steele opened the inaugural Smokeball Spark conference with a captivating storytelling keynote exploring how innovation in legal tech is evolving.
August 4, 2023
Women-In-Law Embracing Equity – Sarah Smith
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, throughout March we will be shining a special light on our inspiring 2023 Community Hero female finalists, who are forging equity and change within the legal space.
August 4, 2023
Women-In-Law Embracing Equity – Sarah Ibrahim
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, throughout March we will be shining a special light on our inspiring 2023 Community Hero female finalists, who are forging equity and change within the legal space.
August 4, 2023
Women-In-Law Embracing Equity – Claudia Maclean
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, throughout March we will be shining a special light on our inspiring 2023 Community Hero female finalists, who are forging equity and change within the legal space.
August 4, 2023
Women-In-Law Embracing Equity – Sheetal Deo
This March, we are excited to celebrate International Women's Day 2023 by shining a light on the inspiring female finalists from the 2023 Community Hero Awards, who are forging equity and change in the legal sector.
August 4, 2023
Why Cloud-Based Technology is Vital to Run a Cyber-Secure Firm
It is crucial for cybersecurity for law firms to be first priority. Your firm must adopt a cybersecurity policy and strong protective measures.
August 4, 2023
Takeaways from Smokeball Spark 2023
Inaugural Smokeball Spark Conference for Small Law Firms & Sole Practitioners Hit the Big Topics
August 4, 2023
Sheetal Deo Named Smokeball 2023 Community Hero
Sheetal receives the honour for reinventing the business model for legal services to improve access to justice, and for her commitment to delivering diversity and inclusion in the law.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball's Marketplace Precedents offering welcomes another new author - Vik Sundar
We are thrilled to introduce Vik Sundar, our newest Marketplace Precedents legal author specialising in estate planning.
August 4, 2023
Marketplace Precedents gets Bigger and Better with our Newest Author - Rachael Bosnjak  
Access all new high-quality immigration precedents through Smokeball's subscription based service - Marketplace Precedents.
August 4, 2023
Lighting the Spark for 2023
Smokeball Starts Year Strong with Inaugural Smokeball Spark Conference for Small Law Firms & Sole Practitioners
August 4, 2023
Top 4 Tips for Effective Law Firm Referral Marketing
With the right strategy in place, referral marketing can be a great marketing tool that will help you put your law firm on the map without you spending any money on marketers.
August 4, 2023
Top 6 Time Management Tips for Busy Lawyers
Improving your time management will enable you to become a more organised, productive and less stressed lawyer. In this blog, we explain how you can master your time management at work.
August 4, 2023
Invest in Your Success in 2023 - Win Tickets to Smokeball Spark
We're excited to be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Smokeball Spark.
August 4, 2023
What goals should my law firm have in 2023?
From client communication to wellness, here is what your legal practice should be prioritising in the next 12 months.
August 4, 2023
Not All Heroes Wear Capes - Smokeball Launches Second Annual Community Hero Award
The Smokeball Community Hero Award returns for a second year to acknowledge the impactful work that small law firms conduct in their communities.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball Now Integrates with Vxt – The Phone System for Lawyers
Capture more of your billable hours with Vxt and Smokeball.
August 4, 2023
How to Ensure Smooth Lawyer-Client Relations from Day 1
Let’s outline the three key areas that lawyers must focus on to effortlessly build strong long-term relationships with their clients.
August 4, 2023
Unlock the Power of Social Media Marketing with Lawyer Thought Leadership
Thought leadership affects brand-building and sales at every stage of a customer’s journey. It not only provides more exposure for yourself and your firm, it also helps to position you as a leader in your industry.
August 4, 2023
Tradition Still Reigns Supreme in Small Law Work Attraction
Uncover the unique findings from the State of Small Law Australia Survey 2022, highlighting the top methods firms are focusing on to attract new clients.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball joins forces with eBrief Ready
Never compile a brief manually for Counsel again.
August 4, 2023
3 Ways Automation Tools Boost Your Personal Injury Firm's Success
Let’s look at three steps during each matter where personal injury software automation tools help your firm offer better service.
August 4, 2023
Setting a Spark Alight
We are beyond excited to launch our inaugural Smokeball Spark Conference for small law firms and sole practitioners.
August 4, 2023
5 Ways Legal Professionals Can Combat Imposter Syndrome
Let’s look at five ways you can manage and eradicate the effects of imposter syndrome— and how to identify it in the first place.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball Makes 2022 Australia's Best Workplaces™ for Women List
We are incredibly proud to share that Smokeball has been named on the 2022 Australia's Best Workplaces™ for Women List, which identifies organisations across the country committed to fostering equity in the workplace.
August 4, 2023
5 Ways Legal Technology Boosts Your Client Relationships
Here are five ways legal technology tools boost both the law firm client experience and loyalty.
August 4, 2023
Cut out time spent on unbillable administrative work
What can lawyers do to ensure that they’re spending their time on work that both moves their matters forward and contributes to their firm’s bottom line?
August 4, 2023
8 Easy Steps you can Employ to Keep your Law Firm Clients Happy
Building a book of good law firm clients is essential. Keeping those clients happy and referring others is even more critical. Here are eight easy steps that you can start today.
August 4, 2023
2022 State of Small Law Australia Survey: The New Normal Is Here to Stay
New findings from Smokeball's 2022 State of Small Law Study show that Australian firms are back to business as usual, but the 'new normal' is here to stay.
August 4, 2023
Leverage Your Firm’s Practice Management Software as Project Management Software
Learn how to leverage your firm's matter management software as a project management tool to get your firm ready for remote work — or to improve your current processes.
August 4, 2023
Introducing Marketplace Precedents
Save hours drafting legal documents from scratch and leverage our new high-quality precedent library.
August 4, 2023
How to Boost Your Law Firm Business Development
Smart law firm business development means using what you already know about your practice and clients to generate more success. By narrowing your focus, you increase your chance of success. Here’s how Smokeball can help.
August 4, 2023
How to Keep Your Hybrid Law Firm Engaged
How can firm leaders ensure staffers remain engaged and productive, producing consistent work while working at a hybrid law firm?
August 4, 2023
Discover Best Practice Tips and Tricks in the Smokeball Community
Visit the Smokeball Community for best practice tips, the latest product updates and Q&A sessions with experts.
August 4, 2023
How to Fight Lawyer Burnout at Your Firm
Lawyer mental health matters—and is an essential part in becoming a better practitioner. Learn how firms can better manage lawyer stress and cultivate supportive work environments.
August 4, 2023
Use Smokeball Workflows to Support your Law Firm Training and Mentorship
Is your firm going hybrid or fully remote? Don't lose out on great benefits like training and mentorship programs. Learn how you can use workflows to set expectations, performance metrics, and shorten the learning curve for those new hires.
August 4, 2023
How Many Days is Right? Setting Your Law Firm Work-From-Home Policy
It’s time to define your firm’s hybrid policy clearly, so everyone understands expectations — both in and out of the office.
August 4, 2023
How to Set Law Firm Goals that Boost Profits and Productivity
Think beyond the grind of your daily workload and take time for goal-setting. Learn how metrics help your firm set goals that align with your current successes and desired future.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball Makes the Podium with WRK+ and Great Place to Work Listings
We are thrilled to share that Smokeball has made the podium in two high-profile employee engagement listings in 2022!
August 4, 2023
Manage your Growth from Solo Practitioner to Multi-staffed Law Firm
Moving from solo to multi-member firm? Make sure you understand your goals, market and competition before you start interviewing potential colleagues. Learn more about the factors to consider.
August 4, 2023
Setting New Law Firm Hires Up for Success
Before you start interviewing, you need a plan for how your new law firm hires will add value. Let’s explore how you can set new hires up for success.
August 4, 2023
3 Steps to Building Your Ideal Firm Client Base
How can you bring in a larger caseload while maintaining trust with your current client base and staying on top of your day-to-day responsibilities?
August 4, 2023
Attracting the Right Legal Clients for Your Boutique Law Firm
Learn how you can identify and attract your dream legal clients — and why you shouldn’t be afraid to let go of clients that aren’t the right fit for your firm.
August 4, 2023
Turn Your Small Law Firm’s Leads into New Clients
Take these proactive steps today to effectively nurture your future law firm clients.
August 4, 2023
Finding Your Law Firm’s Brand Voice
Defining your voice will take your brand to the next level. But, how do you find your brand voice exactly? And, how can you do it when you’ve already got so many matters you’re working on?
August 4, 2023
Building a Strong and Engaging Law Firm Brand
How do you build your law firm’s brand from the ground up (or re-brand it), especially when you have client matters to manage?
August 4, 2023
How To Take on a Law Firm Partner with a Different Specialisation
Let’s explore what you should look for in a new partner, outline the business considerations when taking on a partner with a different specialisation and discuss how to publicise your firm’s additional services.
August 4, 2023
2022 Law Firm Leadership Interview Series: Kerri Shaw & Gemma Bunner, Shaw & Bunner Legal
To conclude our 2022 Law Firm Leadership Interview Series, we are delighted to welcome Kerri Shaw and Gemma Bunner, co-founders of Shaw & Bunner Legal.
August 4, 2023
Family Lawyers: Make These Updates When a Client’s Child Turns 18
Your role is focused on helping your clients navigate the short-term stresses of these legal arrangements. But engaging in a multi-year relationship means you’ll need to revisit their agreements once a child turns 18.
August 4, 2023
How To Hire Your Next Law Firm Intern
Your small law firm can greatly benefit from hiring an intern. It’s a great way to test-drive a long-term hire and reduce admin work for your senior team. So how do you find and hire an intern? Follow these tips.
August 4, 2023
FCFCOA Merger – Reaching Resolutions
The Smokeball and FamilyProperty 2022 State of Family Law Conference east coast tour concludes. Uncover the key event summary, highlights, and commentary.
August 4, 2023
2022 Law Firm Leadership Interview Series: Laura Vickers, Nest Legal
During this episode, we are thrilled to chat with Laura Vickers, Principal Lawyer and Founding Director of Nest Legal. She's been hailed an 'industry game-changer' through her innovative approach to client service.
August 4, 2023
Check Financial Cleaning Off Your Firm To-Do List
It’s tough to move forward when your finances are in disarray. That’s why financial cleaning is one of the most important tasks on your law firm to-do list. Let’s get started.
August 4, 2023
How to Think Bigger about Law Firm Growth
Each firm will find a unique path forward to success, but these important steps will help ease your law firm’s growing pains.
August 4, 2023
2022 Law Firm Leadership Interview Series: Jodi Allen, Allen & Searing Criminal Lawyers
Listen in as Jodi Allen speaks candidly about life as a criminal lawyer and how switching to Smokeball during the pandemic helped the firm transition to working remotely and retain staff.
August 4, 2023
Add Tech Updates to Your Firm’s Digital Housekeeping
Focus on these tech updates to ensure your own digital investments are worthwhile, secure and promote your law firm’s productivity and profitability.
August 4, 2023
FCFCOA Merger – Is it Costing Family Law?
To help family lawyers navigate this new era, Smokeball together with FamilyProperty are holding several in-person conferences in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne with leading family law experts to explain the new state of family law and share practical insights.
August 4, 2023
2022 Law Firm Leadership Interview Series: Sach Fernando, Maxiom Injury Lawyers
We sat down with Sach Fernando, Principal, Maxiom Injury Lawyers, to learn more about his journey to becoming a lawyer and what the switch to Smokeball software has meant for his firm.
October 5, 2023
National Secretary's Day 2022 – Celebrating Your Unsung Law Firm Superstars
To acknowledge and celebrate our unsung legal admin superstars, we asked our clients to tell us how their remarkable paralegal or secretary goes the extra mile for their practice, for their chance to spoil them with a luxury hamper valued at $250. And the winners are...
August 4, 2023
Celebrate Your Unsung Hero - The Search for Australia’s Best Legal Secretary Underway
The search for the Australia's best unsung legal hero is underway with the launch of Smokeball’s 2022 National Secretary Day competition
August 4, 2023
International Women’s Day In-Conversation Series: Jane Oxley
Throughout March, we’re chatting with key women dominating the legal tech space, forging innovation, and inspiring change. Our final interview is with Smokeball’s Chief Revenue Officer, Jane Oxley.
August 4, 2023
International Women’s Day In-Conversation Series: Connie Lu
Throughout March, we will be shining a light on key women dominating the legal tech space, forging innovation and inspiring change. Next up, we chat with Smokeball’s Lead Software Tester, Connie Lu.
August 4, 2023
2022 Law Firm Leadership Interview Series: Luke Shanahan, Shanahan Family Law
Clarissa Rayward is talking with lawyers at the top of their fields to find out what makes them tick, what challenges they face, and why they do what they do. We are excited to kickstart the series with Luke Shanahan​, Principal Solicitor​ of Shanahan Family Law.
August 4, 2023
International Women’s Day In-Conversation Series: Fiona Kirkman
Throughout March, we will be shining a light on key women dominating the legal tech space, forging innovation and inspiring change. Next up, we chat with FamilyProperty’s CEO & Co-Founder, Fiona Kirkman.
August 4, 2023
International Women’s Day In-Conversation Series: Bianca Bowron-Cuthill
Throughout March, we will be shining a light on key women dominating the legal tech space; who are forging innovation and inspiring change. Next up, we chat with Smokeball's General Manager, Bianca Bowron-Cuthill.
August 4, 2023
Family Law Experts Reveal How Effective the New FCFCOA Merger is
The implications of family law professionals and clients working with the newly established Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) were explored at the State of Family Law webinar.
August 4, 2023
International Women’s Day In-Conversation Series: Adele Hoyle
Throughout March, we will be shining a special light on key women dominating the legal tech space; who are forging innovation and inspiring change. We are kickstarting the celebration with Smokeball's Chief Product Officer, Adele Hoyle.
August 4, 2023
New Legal Software Innovations to Help you Get Paid Faster
Smokeball's brand new online payment functionality powered by Stripe provides a simple and secure way to send, receive and record all client payments directly within Smokeball Billing. It is a smarter way to keep the cash flowing for your law firm.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball 2022 State of Family Law Program
‍To help navigate the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Merger, Smokeball Australia & FamilyProperty are proud to deliver the 2022 State of Family Law Program. Join us at free CPD accredited events in February and June as we bring together leaders in family law to explore the key changes that have arisen.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball Launches Family Mediation Offering for Practitioners
Save time and become more efficient using Smokeball's new Family Mediation offering! You will now be able to automatically capture your client’s details during pre-mediation.
August 4, 2023
Introducing the All-New Smokeball Dashboard
Introducing Smokeball's all-new Dashboard! Featuring significant enhancements to the way you can view your matter information and manage your workload.
August 4, 2023
Summit Recap: Supercharge the Productivity of your Matters
As the leading innovators in legal technology, Smokeball and InfoTrack provide a powerful suite of best in market productivity tools that streamline every aspect of your legal matters.
August 4, 2023
Wellness Webinar Recap: 3 Things We Can All Do Right Now to Make the World a Better Place
To close out the challenging year that was 2021, Clarissa Rayward joined us to share three skills we can implement to bring 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.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball Product Chat: Sneak Peek of the New Smokeball Dashboard
Smokeball's Chief Revenue Officer Jane Oxley and Chief Product Officer Adele Hoyle met virtually to provide an exclusive sneak peek of the brand new dashboard that is coming soon to Smokeball.
August 4, 2023
Summit Recap: Enhancing Law Firm Collaboration
Maria Mastroianni, Smokeball Onboarding Specialist, shares her top practical tips and technology to help your law firm stay connected; so you can complete your legal matters with ease.
August 4, 2023
Microsoft Word Tips for Lawyers
Here are Smokeball’s top Microsoft Word tips and tricks that every lawyer should know
August 4, 2023
Webinar Recap: Fixed and Value Pricing – Focus on Scoping
Clarissa Rayward recently joined us to continue her fixed fee pricing series, this time with a specific focus on how to scope and how to do it effectively.
August 4, 2023
Summit Recap: Legal Practice Management Made Easier With Automation
Learn how to reduce manual everyday tasks and embrace document automation in your law firm. Presented by Tony Hastings, Smokeball Training Specialist
October 5, 2023
Smokeball Now Integrates Seamlessly with Settify for Family Lawyers
We are excited to announce that Smokeball Legal Practice Management Software and Settify for Family Law have come together in a beautiful and seamless integration.
August 4, 2023
Webinar Recap: Three Things I Wish I Realised When I Was 20, Not 40.
Clarissa Rayward recently joined us to share her learnings of what life has been like, and how it differed from her original expectations of being a lawyer.
August 4, 2023
Summit Recap: New Legal Technology Innovations
We have summarised all the exclusive sneak peeks from Adele’ Hoyle's Virtual Summit session 'New Legal Technology Innovations'
August 4, 2023
Webinar Recap: Seven Ways to Avoid Client Fee Disputes
Garth Brown recently joined us to share first-hand knowledge and actionable strategies to help small law firms improve collections and avoid costly fee disputes.
August 4, 2023
Summit Recap: Delivering a Delightful Client Experience
Did you miss the Virtual Summit? Don’t worry! We have summarised all the key takeaways from Bianca Bowron-Cuthill's session 'Delivering a Delightful Client Experience'.
August 4, 2023
Summit Recap: How to Successfully Implement Fixed Fee Pricing
Did you miss the Virtual Summit? Don’t worry! We have summarised all the key takeaways from Clarissa Rayward’s session 'How to Successfully Implement Fixed Fee Pricing'.
August 4, 2023
Smokeball Business of Small Law 2021 Survey: COVID Affecting Small Law’s Ability to Recover Debt
New findings from Smokeball's Business of Small Law 2021 Survey show how COVID has impacted small law firms' ability to recover client debt.
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