STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANGEMENT FOR LAW FIRMS
By Julie Harrison
ISBN: 978 1 908640 43 7 (hard copy)
978 1 908640 44 4 (PDF)
THE LATEST HUMAN RESOURCE STRATEGIES FOR TOP LEGAL FIRMS
DESIGNED TO HELP YOU BUILD AND REBUILD YOUR PRACTICE IN A DOWNTURN
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
You may have heard it before, but that doesn't mean it isn't the key to continuing success in the practice of law. And that is that the law is a people business which often requires a delicate balance which must be maintained between the interests and aims of clients, colleagues and ancillary staff.
All this and the issues which it raises is, of course, the preserve of the Human Resource department which, in larger law firms especially, can become exceedingly complex and which requires a steady guiding hand.
Fortunately this new book from the Ark Group offers lawyers involved with personnel issues rather a treasure trove of HR advice in my view. There are lots of HR texts out there, but this one is law-specific and targeted directly to those who are involved in the human resources management of law firms.
If you are an HR professional within a law firm, this book -- presented in the convenient format of a management report, can help you devise ways and means to help your firm achieve a consistently profit generating HR strategy while raising your own profile and that of your department within the firm.
The author, Julie Harrison, is an expert in this field and includes the views and insights of a number of other experienced professionals whose case studies are often quite thought provoking. For example -- especially in the light of the 2012 London Olympics, consider contributor Steve McNicol's 'Muckle two lengths' article, which, focusing on the story of Olympic swimmer Chris Cook, reveals one instance of how business can be linked with sport.
Chris focused on a single objective; which was not winning medals, but merely swimming two lengths of the pool as fast as he could. Obviously, as McNicol (Muckle LLP's managing partner) admits, this oversimplifies the process by which Chris achieved his medals, but the basic principle is certainly pertinent to motivational HR in most lines of business, including law.
Any HR strategy, including this one should ideally be designed with similar simplicity and with a key objective in mind. The details of how this can work in the context of a law practice are further explained in this book.
As well as a learned profession, law is also a business in which -- as the author points out -- people are the most valuable, not mention the most expensive resource. Developing an effective HR management strategy, therefore, can help you raise your firm's profile and profit in a downturn.
With its results-based, practical approach, this book is designed to help you do just that. A sensible purchase for your professional library! Yes, we would say so. The work as published in 2012, the book is also available as a PDF.