Your Legal Business: From Surviving to Thriving – How to Manage and Embrace Change in Ways that Add Value to You (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Your desk or your portable device


In the ever-faster pace of legal practice with its increased administrative and risk-management burdens, lawyers must adapt to keep afloat. But is keeping afloat enough, and indeed desirable?

The first in a new CPD series designed to help you run your practice and help you to practise, this session delves into a kitbag of personal skills that can be drawn upon and enhanced — including effective communication, innovative ways of working, looking after yourself, time management, creative problem-solving, planning and executing a plan, and forming good habits. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of what effective communication is and how to achieve it.
  • Gain insights into adopting innovative ways of working to make life easier.
  • Become better at knowing how to look after yourself, to reduce stress and increase effectiveness.
  • Receive tips for time management for today’s practice. 
  • Develop an understanding of creative problem-solving, and how to think laterally.
  • Become more adept at planning and at executing a plan.
  • Benefit from learning strategies for forming new habits to ‘just do it’.

Who should view?

This session will be relevant to all practitioners but will particularly assist principals, partners, directors, practice managers and L&D managers of small to medium firms as well as barristers. 

The first in a new series designed to help you run your practice and help you to practise, this session will delve into a kitbag of personal skills including creative problem-solving, forming habits, and looking after yourself.

Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


John Mackintosh

John Mackintosh Consultant Limited

John Mackintosh is a lawyer with years of experience communicating with clients, staff and professional colleagues.  Today he focuses on helping professional firms with their practice management issues.

He has presented many seminars and workshops for a range of organisations including the New Zealand Law Society and the Auckland District Law Society.  In 2011 he played a major part in setting up Stepping Up, a compulsory course for lawyers wishing to practise on their own account., and was its director for five years.

Caroline Ferguson

Business Transformation Manager
Simpson Grierson

Caroline Ferguson is the Business Transformation Manager at Simpson Grierson. Previously a finance lawyer, Caroline transitioned into innovation and technology roles while at global law firm Allen & Overy in London.

Caroline is passionate about how law firms can create environments that help their people develop the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape and deliver excellent client service and value.  Particular areas of focus  include leveraging collaboration technology, legal project management,  lean/agile approaches and design thinking. 

Caroline has presented at International Legal Technology Association and Legal Geek events covering various topics including legal tech, the health and wellbeing of lawyers and 21st century workplaces. 

Tony Gardner
Managing Partner

Tony Gardner is a senior organisational development consultant who specialises in leadership development, high-performing teams, strategy facilitation and creative problem-solving.

In Tony's undergraduate studies he majored in Economics & Management and his post-graduate studies were in marketing and organisational-psychology. Since then he has worked in New Zealand, Australia and around Asia-Pacific in roles including GM, MD of creative sector organisations and as CEO of a mid-sized New Zealand group of companies.

His expertise in creative problem-solving is based on 17 years working in, and leading, creative communication agencies in New Zealand, Australia, Asia-Pacific and in Europe and the US.


Maxine Pitch