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Below are a selection of recently published articles, YouTube Videos and Podcasts by Claire

Legalpreneurs Spotlight – Claire Bibby explores why General Counsel are demanding radically more from firms when it comes to technology and innovation …

Go on – go and be an irritant! In her blog for Women’s Network Australia Claire Bibby discusses whether, as a female leader, we have to be hard on the outside and soft on the inside …

Confessions To My Shoulder Angel, explores when is it appropriate to mind your own business, and when is it not? But what if you’re the person whose “business” needs minding?  Life is stressful, and grumbling about how busy we are is a badge of honour to some. But what happens when our time is so focused on solving other people’s problems, that we do so at the expense of our own psychological health, and we forget that there’s only so far we can stretch ourselves like a rubber band ..?

Ensuring Law Schools are better at promoting in-house careers, Claire Bibby comments on the rise of law students ingratiating themselves in corporate roles …

Counting Down Corporate Counsel’s top 5 read stories. As judged by their audience reads, Lawyers Weekly’s top five Corporate Counsel stories for 2018 was topped off by an article written by Claire Bibby and Fiona Craig on navigating corporate roles ….

Diversity & Inclusion Charter, alongside Vered Keiser, Claire Bibby discusses the establishment of the ACC Australia Diversity & Inclusion Charter that enables in-house legal teams to declare their support and commitment for creating an inclusive legal profession …

Claire’s Sizzle Reel, showcasing Claire speaking …

Five Minutes with Sonder In conversation with Sonder Consultants, Claire Bibby addresses issues within the legal industry and shows the way forward for positive change …

International Law Event arrives in Australia Featuring a variety of high-profile speakers and gender-focussed topics, Claire Bibby chaired the 2018 Women in Law Summit and was first to the stage to discuss championing change, navigating pay discussions and incorporating flexible working practices into a demanding career …

How in-house counsel are impacting the broader legal market In conversation with Jerome Doraisamy and Fiona Craig, we canvas the issues and challenges facing corporate counsel, navigating technological change, evolution in collaborative relationships with BigLaw and boutique firms, necessary upskilling and vocational considerations for all lawyers, young and old …

Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride? As the 2018 legal awards season soon comes to an end, the harsh reality is that most lawyers go home empty handed, nursing a champagne flavoured hangover and the occasional slightly bruised ego. Is there a winning formula to taking home the top prize, or are a few faux pas commonly letting finalists down? Here are 10 of our collective tips on common indiscretions we see as award judges that may be doing you more harm than good …

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Legal Leadership Workplaces are stressful. There’s nothing terribly earth-shattering about that comment, I know. But throw into the mix a chisel of lawyers, working on highly, often decidedly complex issues, within adversarial environments that are regularly accompanied by tight deadlines, and there’s a potential for a problem. A big problem …

How To Take The Headache Out Of Sunday Blues  Do you find yourself restless on a Sunday evening, knowing the weekend is almost over? Are you dreading the working week just around the corner?  Well, you’re not alone! There are a few simple things you can try to do, both during the week, as well as over the weekend, to help fend off Sunday blues …

Do Lawyers Need to Rethink Ethics in an Increasingly Digital World? Many moons ago, as a fresh-faced undergraduate embarking on my journey of the study of law, my first-year class of 1989 saw itself as modern and groundbreaking. We thought this of ourselves because we were one of the first cohorts of students to sit our final exams on a computer. But even in those early days, some were already pushing the boundaries of what technology could do, starting, no less, with the sound of a disk, containing a year’s worth of course notes, being inserted into a Macintosh SE floppy disk drive as the examiner’s clock began to tick …

Would You Like Large Fries With That? During a particularly tense final episode, a character was walking into a situation which, at face value, had nothing to do with them. My instinct took over, and I called out to the TV “mind your own business”.  With raised eyebrows, my husband said to me “as if YOU would ever mind your own business if you were in the same situation”.  He was correct, and I found myself thinking when, as a lawyer, is it appropriate to step in, and when is it appropriate to step away? …

Reflecting on 2017 As we all start to look back on the year that was, Claire Bibby offers a gentle reminder that there is still time to do something for others …

Providing Critical Feedback to Your Mentoring Partner  In all honesty, none of us really enjoy receiving critical feedback. It’s difficult to be objective and not become defensive. How do you provide critical feedback to your mentoring partner? …

How To Grow Your Career with Mentoring This video covers how mentoring enhances your career development – specifically for in-house counsel/corporate lawyers …

How To Set Goals & Help Someone Find Direction There are times your mentee may seem to lose direction or come to a session without a specific goal in mind. How do you help your mentee …

Arm The Children with Books, Not Guns  One must step back in time to try to get some semblance of an understanding of what today drives the man who is Deng Adut 

Building A Diverse In-House Legal Team – Including Lawyers With Disabilities The societal and economic benefits of diverse and inclusive work environments are well documented. In-house lawyers are leading the way in the profession for gender inclusion, with women now making up more than half of our segment and leading more than half of all in-house legal teams …

Podcast – Claire Bibby on Leadership, Reading Lists and Flourishing in any Context Are you looking for insight into leadership approaches? How to foster better relationships? Want to pick up some tips for more effective communication? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you definitely won’t want to miss the latest installment of the Beyond Billables Podcast …

5 Bold Ideas for Shifting the Dial on Women in Business By 2020  This year’s International Women’s Day called on all of us to ‘Be Bold For Change’…

The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession The Law Society established a commission of inquiry to:

  • identify and understand the changes currently affecting the profession
  • inform solicitors and to gather data for use in future policy
  • place itself at the centre of change, so as to help the profession develop the leadership required to respond to the challenges ahead …

Leadership- From A Psychological Wellness Perspective  Lawyers have become disproportionately at risk of psychological unwellness and distress …

Building Better In-House Bonds Brookfield GC and senior vice president of legal Claire Bibby, and KWM partner Felicity Savage have worked together for many years. Australasian Lawyer sat down with the pair to find out the secret to maintaining an effective working relationship …

No Day’s The Same Brookfield Property Partners’ senior vice president and general counsel Claire Bibby “absolutely loves” working at Brookfield, a company that prides itself as being one of the world’s largest global alternative asset managers. She has almost 4,000 clients that she services with a team of six people, which keeps her “gloriously busy”, she says …

GC Views Claire discusses how the role of a legal team has changed and gives us a snapshot of how her and her Brookfield team operate, her thoughts on future legal trends and her support of philanthropic causes …

How legal tech start-ups get into the ear of the best company lawyers With an increasing number of new players vie for the attention of company gatekeepers and threaten to eat into the profits of traditional law firms …

Future Proofing Your In-House Legal Team When it comes to planning for the future, in-house counsel experience a different world than their law firm counterparts. Flatter hierarchical structures may mean a more challenging climb for ambitious lawyers, and career progression within an in-house legal team is often perceived to be almost impossible unless someone leaves …

How To Get Gender Equality in The Law Not why but how to achieve gender diversity in the law was discussed by general counsel and industry leaders at a Thomson Reuters Legal event in Melbourne recently …

Ticket sales talk: Boycott or walk out of events featuring all-male panels  Claire Bibby attended 15 minutes of a professional conference last week before walking out, because the first session — a “grand panel” no less — featured an all-male lineup of four men …

Making a Case For Morale  The cliché perpetuated throughout popular culture—think of the handful of “Law and Order” iterations or many a John Grisham book—is that lawyers are lone wolves who keep the lights burning in their offices deep into the night, pursuing their cases no matter the expense to their personal lives, health or relationships.  While the law profession is, after all, very often high-pressure, competitive and requires a great deal of work, Claire Bibby’s goal is to foster a nurturing, team-oriented environment that allows lawyers to excel professionally and personally …

Don’t stand still. Don’t blend in. Don’t be a passenger Brookfield Property Partners’ Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Claire Bibby, originally hails from England, migrating to Australia as a young girl. Her grandfather and brother were both police officers, and she dreamed of being a lawyer. At 16 years old she was a witness to a crime and gave evidence in court. The whole experience shattered her childhood dream of being a lawyer: “Giving evidence in court was overwhelming. The defence attorney attacked me on the stand in a way I had never been treated before. Whilst the Judge chastised the counsel for the way I was cross examined as a child, it left me with a very sour taste in my mouth about the law…” 

Pay Equity The Next Battle Ground for Lawyers On paper, things have never looked better for women in law …

League of Extraordinary Lawyers Australian women have contributed to the richness of our nation’s legal institutions for more than 100 years. In that time the ranks of female talent in law have grown, forging a proud history of excellence, service and innovation …

In-House Counsel Told to Dial Down The Pressure  Claire Bibby, general counsel at Brookfield, suggested that in-house teams need to be more cognisant of impossible deadlines or turnaround times that eat into their lawyers’ private lives …