Law Firm of the Week: Legal Consolidated Barristers and Solicitors


Firm Details:

  1. Firm Name & Slogan: Legal Consolidated Barristers and Solicitors
  2. Location: Perth, Australia
  3. What does your firm do? We are a specialist taxation and superannuation law firm that only takes on clients that are referred from accountants, financial planners and other lawyers. We also have an online legal document assembly website.

The Story:

  1. How did your firm start and how did it grow? I listed my law firm on the Australian Stock Exchange some 7 years ago (the second ever in the world). I completed my Doctorate last year and have decided to return to the law, to pursue my passion of taxation law. I found that as my previous law firm grew I moved from being a lawyer to a manager. My new law firm will be limited to a maximum of four lawyers. I enjoy seeing and interacting with clients, and I don’t want to lose that. I chaired the Law Council of Australia’s Practice Mangement Committee – I also have a passion for how law firms operate.
  2. How did you do things before PracticePanther and how has PracticePanther helped today? For two months, I couldn’t find a practice management system that suited my needs for my new law firm. For most of them I was required to pay for extensive training in order to see if I liked the system. They were all too complex and not intuitive. I eventually came across Practice Panther on the recommendation of a friend. Everything changed. I downloaded it on Friday night. It became addictive. The software, in a caring and fun way, took me through, in real time everything that I needed to learn in order to drive Practice Panther. By Sunday night (yes, I gave up my weekend) I had moved my law firm to the new system. We launched it on Tuesday morning. We never looked back. I never paid for any training – I didn’t have to. There are extensive videos everywhere in the system.
  3. What is your favorite thing about PracticePanther? I enjoy using Practice Panther, as I use it I get more out of it. It tricks you. At first it appears very simple to use, and it is, but then as you master something, a new benefit arises and you use that too. It teaches you in stages. It is a unique experience of learning. However, my two favourite things is the document assembly and the access to my own personal manager. As to document assembly, I got rid of secretaries in my old law firm in 1994, I believe in document assembly. Practice Panther allows me to create repeatable documents within minutes. Secondly, I am in Perth, Western Australia, that is exactly 12-hour difference in time from where Practice Panther is based in the USA. They are north and I am southern hemisphere, we couldn’t be further apart. However, whenever I have a suggestion or a question, the same person (his name is Mor) bounces back an email or Skypes me. The guy must never sleep. They have passion at Practice Panther, and I like that. I like the excellent support.
  4. What is one piece of advice you would offer other lawyers in your industry? Before you select your practice management system give it a test run. See if it suits your personality and needs. Once you adopt it, it is hard to move. Do a lot of research. I had to kiss a lot of frogs before I found Practice Panther.

Follow Legal Consolidated Barristers and Solicitors:

  1. Official Website
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