Research into the Changing Legal Landscape


The global legal industry is undergoing irreversible transformation - driven by a range of factors including customer demands for better value, a highly competitive market, rapidly evolving technology and changes to the way we work and live.  Each year, as part of our preparations for the ALPMA Summit, ALPMA undertakes research that tracks how law firms are adjusting their strategies and business models to adapt to this changing legal landscape in collaboration with our Principal Summit Partner.  

2018 Research: "Shaping the firm of the future"
Survey now open for participation

The 2018 ALPMA GlobalX research project poses this question to Australasian law firms:

“Are you ready for the future?”

New technologies, systems and shifts in culture are pushing law firms and the legal industry to quickly adapt. But how agile are our businesses – and how prepared are we for these changes?

The 2018 ALPMA Summit in September this year is designed to help Australasian law firms and departments future-proof their business.

ALPMA together with our 2018 Summit Principal Partner, GlobalX invite you to participate in our research survey. The objective is to explore how firms are adapting to rapid change in the legal landscape and establish a benchmark for firms who are potentially falling behind to enable them to start future proofing their firm.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

This survey will close on Monday 23 July 2018.

All survey participants will receive a copy of the final report.



2017 Research: "21st Century Thinking at Australasian Law Firms"


Download the 2017 ALPMA/InfoTrack Research

This year, ALPMA and Infotrack collaborated on research to understand:

  • How Australasian law firms support the key 21st century learning skills of Collaboration, Creativity, Critical-thinking and Communication
  • What actions firms have taken to improve their skills in these areas over last 12 months
  • How effective these efforts have been in achieving desired outcomes.
The short, multiple-choice online survey was open for participation by Australasian law firms until Friday 28 July.

The results will be presented at the 2017 ALPMA. Summit Participants will also receive a complimentary copy of the research report. 

Please contact Tanya Burns, ALPMA's Operations Manager, if you have any questions about this research.

Read the preliminary results media release



2016 Research:  "A Blueprint for Change: How Law Firms are Adapting to the Changing Legal Landscape"

Download the 2016 ALPMA/InfoTrack Research

In 2016, ALPMA and InfoTrack collaborated on ground-breaking research to investigate:

  • How Australasian law firms are supporting innovation and change at their firms 

  • The people, process and technology initiatives law firms are implementing in order to adapt to the changing environment.
The research results provide your firm with compelling insight into how firm's are driving innovation and responding to the changing legal landscape and the people, process and technology initiatives that Australasian firms are investing in to ensure they remain competitive.  

163 law firms from across the region participated in this research, conducted in July 2016, and the results make fascinating reading.   A key finding was a real disconnect between how innovative firms think they are and what they are actually doing in terms of investment in strategic initiatives.


2015 Research: "Preparing Australasian Law for a Digital, Divergent, Differentiated Future"


The 2015 ALPMA/LexisNexis research investigated what changes (if any) Australasian law firms plan to make over the next three years to: the markets they serve; their resourcing mixmarketing and business development strategies; internal systems and processeslegal services delivery model and strategic relationships - in order to position themselves for a successful future.  

A broad range of law firms (147) from across Australia and New Zealand participated in the research conducted in July 2015, sharing their plans for the markets they serve, their resourcing mix, marketing and business development strategies, internal systems and processes, legal services delivery model and strategic relationships over the next three years. 

According to the results, Australasian law firms are planning a multi-pronged attack to ensure they are ready for a digital, divergent and differentiated future – but many have a long way to go.  The research, launched at the 2015 ALPMA Summit, details the eight key strategies Australasian firms are adopting in order to respond to the changing legal landscape and position their firms for future success. 

The research results will provide your firm with greater insight into exactly what Australasian firms are doing to respond to the changing legal landscape - and help you develop and refine your firm's business strategy. 



2014 Research: "The Impact of the Changing Legal Landscape on Australasian Law Firms"

Download the 2014 ALPMA/LexisNexis Research

The results from the 2014 ALPMA/LexisNewis research "The Impact of the Changing Legal Landscape on Australasian Law Firms" were presented by LexisNexis at the opening session of the ALPMA Summit on Thursday 28 August at the Melbourne Crown Convention Centre.  

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