On 7 July, 2013, I had the pleasure of leaving the Melbourne cold for the warmer climate of Coffs Harbour. The purpose of my trip was to spend my Sunday attending a legal conference, CLE by the Sea.
CLE by the Sea focussed on the unique challenges facing smaller law firms and the ways small law firms can be 'winners' in the changing legal landscape. The conference attracted expert speakers from varying backgrounds.
There were 12 speakers in the Sunday session who presented in 2 different streams on interesting and stimulating topics such as:
· areas for growth and opportunity;
· issues of profitability and cash flow;
· effective marketing;
· trends in regional practice; and
· taking advantage of legal outsourcing.
The conference was an excellent forum for sole practitioners and practitioners in small law firms to meet with others in similar roles, share their experiences and obtain some tips for successfully managing their practice.
We hope to use the Masters Retreat learnings, information and insights to help develop products in line with small law requirements.