Setting up an advisory board is just one of the innovations adopted by Auckland family law practice, Family Law Results.
The move of having an independent advisory board is possibly the first for any New Zealand law firm, but Family Law Results, which is a 10 year old family law practice set up lawyer Selina Trigg (pictured) is determined to not only meet the challenges facing family lawyers, but also to meet the challenges facing the profession as a whole.
Joining the board is Otago law school dean Professor Mark Henaghan who was invited to join in February after Family Law Results' General Manager Mark Greenslade, who had worked at the university with Professor Henaghan, invited him on board.
The professor jumped at the opportunity, seeing it as a chance to help at the coal face with the issues facing practitioners who are dealing with the challenges that confront family lawyers.
The board also includes businessman Michael Masterton and firm founder Selina Trigg, as well as Mr Greenslade and will meet monthly, by telephone conference or personally. The intent is to keep the momentum with new innovations that can be followed-up and is seen as one that will help the firm grow and develop profitably in an exciting, if challenging time ahead.
“There are a lot of challenges in the law at present, including as a business,” he said. “The board is intended to try and navigate them carefully and to provide some perspective.” He specifically mentions legal aid and legal changes as having a major impact on the practice. Having worked at Otago University with Mark Henaghan he made the approach knowing the professor’s passion for law and his desire to contribute to its effective delivery.
The firm’s intent is to keep its focus on family law, perhaps developing an involvement in related areas like estate planning, but to ensure it delivers its services efficiently and quality. Mark Henaghan’s involvement will greatly assist with their objectives, he said. “Its very energizing having him,” he said. “He will provide some real legal grunt.”