Legal Lightbulbs Episode 5: Legal Lightbulbs: Is ‘quiet quitting’ a good thing for the profession?

Legal Lightbulbs Episode 5: Is ‘quiet quitting’ a good thing for the profession?

“Quiet quitting” is more than a TikTok fad. It may have far-reaching consequences for daily legal practice and the evolution of businesses in law. The question is – is this good or bad for the legal profession?

On this episode of Legal Lightbulbs, hosts Jerome Doraisamy and Fionn Bowd reflect on what “quiet quitting” means in the context of Australia’s legal profession and why lawyers are so fascinated with the concept. They discuss whether it is reasonable for lawyers to “quietly quit” their jobs by silently refusing to do more than they are paid for and the pejorative nature of the term itself.

The pair also flesh out the broader rejection of traditional, longstanding modes of practising law and debate who might be more likely to “quietly quit” their jobs. They ask about the relationship between “quiet quitting” and our duties to the court and our clients, and what “quiet quitting” means against the backdrop of the Great Resignation. Jerome and Fionn touch on the ever-increasing need to appropriately remunerate and incentivise staff and, finally, what lawyers can learn from tradies about work practices.


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