Four nutrients to make your practice Spring!

September 26, 2023

Starting or growing a small law practice can be both stressful and challenging, not due to its inherent complexity, rather because of the relentless demands that come with being a business owner. Solicitors are typically not trained to start or operate a business. Managing administration, marketing, technology, employees, and clients — all while wearing multiple hats — can leave you feeling not knowing where to start and stretched thin.

Achieving growth, whether in law or any other field, requires nourishing it with the right ingredients. As Australia’s largest group of independent solicitors, we’ve worked with many legal practitioners looking to start out on their own or grow into a larger practice. Here are four essential nutrients your practice needs to spring to life.

Nutrient 1 – Flexibility

Flexibility is paramount when building your practice. The foundation of strong practice roots is a space where you can expand or constrict when required. Securing a space that upholds your professionalism without locking you into lengthy contracts with unscrupulous terms like 6-month security deposits or no fit-out options. This forms the foundation of flexibility.

Nutrient 2 – Community

Law practices thrive on referrals. 84% of small firms rely heavily on referrals, while 82% acquire new clients through word-of-mouth recommendations. Nurturing your professional community is pivotal for practice growth. When you’re just starting, this can be challenging.

The fastest way to grow your community is to join one. A workspace with a robust legal community can be a jackpot, creating a referral network where one lawyer’s commercial client can become another lawyer’s litigant.

Remember, prioritise an office space that suits your legal needs and business aspirations. Is the address reputable and will it impress your clients? Is it located near the legal precinct? What if you need to relocate? Is it adaptable to your growth? Can you grow from a virtual space to a physical office? Do you need access to interstate offices?

Nutrient 3 – Reputation

Your reputation is the linchpin for attracting clients and talent. It largely hinges on delivering exceptional customer experiences to generate positive word-of-mouth referrals.

Exceptional customer experiences stem from every interaction a client has with your brand, from the first phone call to the final handshake. Consider having a receptionist to handle calls, maintain a business address expected of a legal practice, and create an office environment that reflects positively on your brand. Are there appropriate meeting spaces for private discussions and sensitive matters or arbitration? Is there someone there to greet your clients when they arrive, professionally?

Nutrient 4 – Onsite Support

Whether moving from a larger practice with established IT and support services, to starting small without exposure to the business, infrastructure and administration requirements needed of a small practice, without knowing where to start or what you need is daunting.

Look for a workspace provider that has all these services in-house, so that you can access support when you need it and scale your practice effectively and efficiently over time. A good workspace will provide administrative support and IT services. A great workspace will specialise in law firm IT infrastructure, provide onsite technicians, paralegal and marketing support, and have embedded programs and partnerships in memberships, that allow you to access a comprehensive suite of solutions and services tailored to practice growth.

Finding the nutrients

Home to over 600 independent legal practices and more than 2,000 solicitors, Clarence is the Workspace for Lawyers.

For more than 25 years, Clarence has meticulously crafted a suite of offerings designed to provide your practice with the essential nutrients it needs to flourish. Clarence’s flexible membership options, expertly trained receptionists, state-of-the-art office spaces, and in-house marketing, technology, and legal support are all part of the nourishment package that actively fuels your practice’s growth.

Experience first-hand why Clarence is the preferred workspace provider for legal professionals with a complimentary day suite and 2 months of virtual membership free this Spring!


Mediation packages

SizeSuite forHalf DayFull Day
2-3 Rooms
– 1 boardroom
– 2 separation rooms
2-3 Party Mediations$660$1,320
4 Rooms
– 1 boardroom
– 3 separation rooms
4 Party Mediation$815$1,600
6 Rooms
– 1 boardroom
– 5 separation rooms
5-6 Party Mediation$1,100$2,195
6+ Room Upon requestUpon request

Additional Spaces

Clarence is capable of hosting anywhere between 1 to 60 people, with spaces tailored to your needs.

SizeHourly RateHalf-day rateFull-day rate
4 pax$40$140$280
6 – 8 pax$55$190$1,600
10 – 12 pax$80$280$560
40 pax$130$455$910

Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. The Promoter is Clarence Professional Group (Melbourne) Pty Ltd, L11, 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 ABN 81 624 440 400 (the Promoter).
  2. Entry into the competition constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  3. Entry is open to all VIC, NSW and QLD residents of 18 years of age or older except any employees of the Promoter and their immediate families, orany existing office and virtual members (or their related entities) of the Promoter.
  4. The competition closes at 11:59PM on the 1st March 2024. The winner will be announced on the 8th March 2024.
  5. To enter the competition, participants need to submit their entry at via the website form, or other accepted methods of entry provided by Clarence. One entry is allowed per entrant. Verified business email address required. Complete details are required (first and last name, phone number, work email, city, company name).
  6. Competition entries will be evaluated during the 2nd and 8th of March at Clarence Professional Offices at Level 33, 385 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
  7. The winner will be notified by email and phone call by a representative of the Promoter. The competition winner will also be announced on Clarence Professional Offices’ social media channels. By entering this competition, the winner provides their consent to being announced on Clarence Professional Offices’ social media channels.
  8. Winner selection criteria is determined via random draw. All decisions are final.
  9. Prize details: the prize is a 6-month license fee agreement for a 2-person serviced office space one of the following Clarence Professional Office spaces -Level 33, 385 Bourke St, Melbourne, Level 11, 65 York St, Sydney or 95 North Quay, Brisbane. The value of the prize is $9,500 (incl. GST) (the Prize). A security deposit is applicable to redemption of the prize, refundable at the end of the license agreement, pending standard terms and conditions of Clarence Office License Agreements. The security deposit is calculated at 2 months of the list price for the serviced office offered as the competition prize. Location of prize is subject to change at any time in the Promoter’s sole discretion.
  10. Standard Clarence Office License Agreement terms and conditions apply.
  11. The prize is non-transferrable, it cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash and can be cancelled any time by the Promoter.
  12. If the prize winner requires a larger serviced office space, the prize value can be credited towards an agreement for a larger space for an equal or longer lease period. Larger spaces are subject to availability and are at the sole discretion of the Promoter.
  13. Use of the prize is solely for the winner of the promotion.
  14. The Promoter assumes no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected emails or phone calls. If the Promoter is unable to contact the competition winner after 1 week (for any reason), the prize will be withdrawn and transferred to the next successful recipient.
  15. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupt or affect the administration security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
  16. The Promoter reserves the right to alter or amend these terms and conditions at any time throughout the promotion, or limit entry, without notice.
  17. The Promoter will not be responsible or liable if for any reason (beyond their reasonable control) any element of the Prize is not able to be provided.
  18. In all matters, all decisions of the Promoter, will be final and cannot be contested. No correspondence or discussions will be entertained.
  19. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any individual who the Promoter believes has breached any of these terms and conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct. The Promoter reserves it rights to recover damages or other compensation from any such offender.
  20. All contestants release from the Promoter against all liability, cost, loss or expense arising out of acceptance of any prize(s) or participation in this competition including (but not limited to) loss of income, personal injury, accident or death and damage to property and whether direct or consequential, foreseeable, due to any negligent act or omission or otherwise.
  21. By entering into this competition, you agree to share your personal information with the Promoter, subject to the Promoter’s Privacy Policy, for use in marketing and sales activities by the Promoter.
  22. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not responsible or liable for:
    (a) inaccurate or incorrect transcription of entry information;
    (b) non-receipt of entries for any reason;
    (c) problems or technical failures of any kind;
    (d) unavailability or inaccessibility of any service or website;
    (e) unauthorised human intervention in any part of the competition;
    (f) electronic or human error; or
    (g) any damage or loss (direct or indirect) suffered by reason of any act or omission of the Promoter, its employees or contractors in relation to entry into this competition or supply of a prize.