A Time Without Precedent

Posted 4 October 2011 8:00am

The practice of law is constantly evolving, particularly in the ACT where the Commonwealth impacts heavily on the profession.

Over the last year, conferences, planning days and working groups have been filled with challenging conversations about professionalism, stimulated by the release of the Blunn-Krieger report. The proposed changes to the way in which legal services are procured by the Commonwealth are steadily taking shape.

"These changes will offer unprecedented opportunities for practice development", says Jonathan Beaumont, Director of Gillian Beaumont Legal. "The market is already seeing a significant repositioning of practices in advance of the reforms. We are starting to see great opportunities for lawyers to further their careers in a variety of ways."

The size of in-house practices and the sophistication of the work they do continues to grow. "One of the largest changes I have seen in the last decade has been the mobility of practitioners between sectors. It used to be that you were either a private sector lawyer, or a Government lawyer. This is no longer the case.  'Sector-bound' lawyers are limiting their career opportunities."

Gillian Beaumont Legal has been assisting legal practices in the ACT to build their capability through people. "Whilst we are the only licensed agency in the ACT to recruit solely for the legal profession, we are more than recruiters," says Beaumont. "We are a team of advisers who help legal practices to build their business through attracting, developing and retaining their people. We also offer coaching, consulting and market research services, which provide clients with an evidence-based approach to practice development."

Gillian Beaumont Legal staff have significant experience as legal practitioners and senior managers in the profession. Their clients are able to draw on their skills and experience to advise practices on issues affecting firm performance. For further information, contact Jonathan Beaumont on 02 6126 4500.

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