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Top 5 boutique podcast episodes in 2020

In August of this year, Lawyers Weekly launched a new podcast dedicated to Australia’s largest demographic of legal professionals – those in the SME space. Here are the top-performing episodes from 2020 on that stream.

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Top 5 boutique podcast episodes in 2020
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This past year has seen The Lawyers Weekly Show hit new heights, with monthly downloads now regularly topping 20,000 per month. It has been a year like no other, and our audio content has subsequently been rich, diverse and illuminating in conjunction with such times.

Here, we count down the top five episodes for 2020 for our specific SME stream, The Boutique Lawyer Show, as per the rate of downloads by you, our dedicated audience!


  1. What barristers want from boutiques briefing them
Gold Coast-based barrister Rachael Hempling discusses what barristers are looking for from practitioners who are briefing them on matters going to court or the mediation process, as well as what works and doesn’t work when it comes to building a partnership and how, in an evolving legal marketplace, such relationships will be critical to the ongoing viability and success of one’s legal practice.

  1. Regional firms can thrive post-pandemic
In a professional marketplace where lawyers can and will be practising outside of the traditional, rigid structures, lawyers in regional locations have myriad chances to establish and maintain successful legal businesses. Here, Morgan + English Commercial Lawyers partner Annette English discusses looming opportunities for regional firms and the need to leverage technology to make the most of such opportunities, evolving city-based client needs and expectations, and the prospect of serving as external in-house legal counsel by way of a regional practice.

  1. ‘It takes a village’ to succeed in sole practice
According to the 2020 Sole Practitioner of the Year, Zile Yu, no one person knows or can do everything, and thus it is critical to take a collaborative and holistic approach to life in the boutique law space. He reflects on what has worked and not worked in achieving success, the importance of relying on others to keep the train on the tracks, how sole practitioners can and should be adapting to the “new normal”, and why staying true to one’s values is integral.

  1. Building a successful boutique firm from the ground up
Perpetua Kish and Jonathon Naef from reigning Boutique Law Firm of the Year, Balance Family Law, join the show to argue that running a firm that is line with one’s personal and professional vision is the surest path to success, and also list their predictions for the boutique legal space in Australia for 2021 and talk about the benefits of starting a new firm with trusted colleagues rather than striking out by one’s self.

  1. The link between professional branding, health and happiness
In the inaugural episode of The Boutique Lawyer Show, Brisbane Family Law Centre director and former Lawyers Weekly Award winner Clarissa Rayward chats about the idiosyncratic challenges and opportunities for lawyers working in the boutique space, and also explains why personal branding is inextricably linked to one’s success as a lawyer, what lessons she’s learnt from trying out new initiatives, and how the pandemic has provided lawyers with a greater capacity to voice their needs.

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