How to attract the lawyers of the futureThe next generation of successful lawyers are savvy about innovation and want to harness its benefits. How do employers attract the lawyers of the future or risk being left behind to gather dust?

Why general counsel need a seat at the table before a problem arises – a proactive approach to dealing with internal and external disputes can be achieved by involving your in-house legal team sooner, rather than later

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.13.00 amRecapping the inaugural Corporate Counsel Summit – in a lively session, Lawyers Weekly editor Emma Ryan, Claire Bibby, Catherine James and Sarah Turner debated the legal, political, technological and social issues and challenges that in-house lawyers need to be aware of, particularly in regard to how they can impact upon a business’ core functions, either for better or worse …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.14.56 amDo in-house lawyers have the freedom to express views online? In this article, Lawyers Weekly, in conversation with Claire Bibby and David Field, explores the extent to which legal professionals can publicly disclose their political, religious or other views, with BigLaw partners advocating differing positions …

Picture 1Legalpreneurs Spotlight – Claire Bibby explores why General Counsel are demanding radically more from firms when it comes to technology and innovation …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.18.54 amEnsuring Law Schools are better at promoting in-house careers, Claire Bibby comments on the rise of law students ingratiating themselves in corporate roles …

Picture 1Counting 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 ….

Picture 1Diversity & 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 …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.23.15 amFive Minutes with Sonder In conversation with Sonder Consultants, Claire Bibby addresses issues within the legal industry and shows the way forward for positive change …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.24.47 amInternational 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 …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.25.11 amHow 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 …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.25.41 amTips for getting infront of General Counsel Reflecting on a recent masterclass hosted across Australian cities, Marist180 non-executive director Claire Bibby proffered guidance on how lawyers can put their best foot forward with legal team leaders …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.29.06 amIn-house teams must develop their own tech tools Speaking recently on The Lawyers Weekly Show, SmartWomen Connect founder Fiona Craig and Marist180 non-executive director Claire Bibby argued that it’s on the shoulders of corporate counsel to lead from a tech perspective, noting that some in-house teams are already starting to lead the way …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.26.33 amIn-house life ‘not an escape from private practice’ There are opportunities abound for corporate counsel, but those transitioning from firms must understand that being an in-house counsel has its own challenges, according to two legal professionals …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.27.00 amAlways 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 …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.28.19 amThe 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 …

1Do 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 …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.30.05 amGC panel probes why there aren’t more women in powerSponsorship has been touted as a pragmatic solution over mentorship to encourage more talented women in law to claim their place at the leadership table …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.30.43 amReflecting 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 …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.31.28 amIn-house community urged to come forwardMulti-award-winning former senior vice-president legal and general counsel of Brookfield, Claire Bibby, spoke to Lawyers Weekly earlier this year about what scooping up an accolade can mean for business …

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.31.59 amLawyers share gender equality strategies Baker McKenzie launched the report, 5 Bold Ideas for Shifting the Dial on Women in Business by 2020, last week. It was created in collaboration with media organisation Women’s Agenda, based on a roundtable held at Baker McKenzie’s Brisbane office. The guests at the roundtable included independent company director Dr Kristin Ferguson, Gold Coast Hospital deputy chair and former Ashurst partner Teresa Dyson, Cook Legal director Kara Cook, AECOM chief counsel Gordon Kenwright, Brookfield general counsel Claire Bibby, Women Lawyers Association of Queensland president Cassandra Heilbronn and Baker McKenzie Brisbane managing partner Leigh Duthie

Screen Shot 2019-08-04 at 10.32.47 amAward-winning legal professionals praise industry accoladesPast winners of the Australian Law Awards have reflected on how their accolades have helped to bolster their businesses …

Picture 1Building 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 …

Picture 1In-house disruptors – Part Two Lawyer’s Weekly’s second half of this two-part series,  takes a closer look at some of the individuals who are changing the way in-house work is conducted, and how this is set to alter the traditional relationship between counsel and private practice firms going forward.

Picture 1In-house disruptors In the first half of a two-part series, Lawyer’s Weekly explores those in corporate counsel who are bucking the trends, shaking up their industries, and helping change the dynamic between in-house and private practice lawyers for the future …

Picture 1Podcast – 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 …

Picture 15 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’…

Picture 1The 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; and place itself at the centre of change, so as to help the profession develop the leadership required to respond to the challenges ahead …

Picture 1Leadership- From A Psychological Wellness Perspective  Lawyers have become disproportionately at risk of psychological unwellness and distress …

Picture 1Building 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 …

Picture 1No Day’s The Same 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 …

Picture 1GC Views I discuss 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 …

Picture 1How 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 …

Picture 1Future 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 …

Picture 1How 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 …

Picture 1Making 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 …

Picture 1Don’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…” 

Picture 1Pay Equity The Next Battle Ground for Lawyers On paper, things have never looked better for women in law …

Picture 1League 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 …

Picture 1In-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 …

Picture 1Highlights: The Women in Law Awards 2016 Relive all the highlights from the fifth annual Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, which celebrated the achievements of the best and the brightest Australian women in law. The big winner of the night was Claire Bibby from Brookfield, who first won the General Counsel of the Year award and went on to win the Women in Law Excellence Award for receiving the highest overall individual score.

Picture 1The benefits of having a strategic plan Two general counsel have highlighted how legal departments can boost their service proposition by implementing a strategic plan designed specifically for in-house teams. Speaking at lexvoco and McInnes Wilson’s recent In-House Counsel and Government Solicitor Symposium, Claire Bibby, senior vice president legal and general counsel at Brookfield, and Chris Ryan, general counsel and company secretary at Energy Australia, both spoke of the benefits of having a strategic plan in place.

National firm seeks to alleviate poverty Piper Alderman has thrown its support behind a new campaign that asks Australian women to support the empowerment of women living in poverty by training them to become health leaders in their communities …