How Well Are You Relating to Your Legal Support Team?

A legal support team is crucial to the success of any law firm or legal department’s endeavors. The strength of this team, however, often depends on the ability of its leaders to forge strong connections with legal support staff and help support staff connect with one another. Here’s why a focus on culture-building and relationship… Read More »

Quick-Start Guide to Writing an Great Legal Support Staffing Plan for 2017

The goal of a staffing plan is to ensure you have the right legal support talent in the right positions at the right time. It sounds straightforward enough. To get you off to a great staffing start in 2017, here are five quick steps to help you develop your plan. Evaluate your needs. Before you… Read More »

Should You Consider Hiring a Candidate Who Appears Overqualified?

On paper, the candidate looks fantastic.  During the interview, the candidate astonishes you with their competence, thoughtfulness and achievements.  This candidate sounds great.  In fact, they sound too great. Should you hire a candidate who is overqualified for the job you’re offering?  While overqualification can make many hiring managers balk, hiring a candidate who appears… Read More »

Five Strategies to Increase Productivity in Your Legal Department

In a legal department, the work is never done.  When pressing issues are addressed, there are emerging and “sleeping” issues to contend with.  As a result, the question of productivity and efficiency looms.  How can a legal department get more done in less time – and ensure everyone is focusing on the most important matters?… Read More »

How to Evaluate a Potential Legal Support Recruiting Firm in Toronto

Finding good legal support staff can be tough.  You need someone with experience, strong knowledge and skills, and the personality and work ethic to mesh well with your existing team.  Turning to a recruiter can help – but how do you know which recruiting firm to choose? Improve your odds of finding the right people… Read More »

4 Warning Signs That Your Hiring Team is Suffering from Groupthink

Finding the “needle” of top legal support talent in the “haystack” of available candidates can be tough. While many law firms and legal departments seek to alleviate the pressure by assigning a committee to handle hiring, the attendant risk is that the committee itself will succumb to the pressures of “groupthink” – a situation in… Read More »