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How Coraggio's strategic guidance, helped this legal firm take a holistic business approach

Ellem Warren (EW) Lawyers is a Brisbane CBD based commercial law firm, servicing local and international clients across the full business life-cycle, from structuring and asset protection to succession planning and crisis management, and everything in between.

EW offers a broad range of commercial expertise, especially contracts, litigation and workplace law, and for the Resources and Construction industries. EW launched in 2013 with a focus on quality service, and on establishing valued, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships.

Reasons for choosing Coraggio

I love stories, and one of my favourites is about two wood choppers competing from dawn to dusk to chop the most timber. One goes flat out all day without stopping, the other takes regular breaks to sharpen his axe. Of course, the person who stops from time to time to reflect and improve themselves, their strategy, their methods and tools – wins!

Coraggio is my opportunity to reflect, whilst surrounded by peers who hold me accountable and the decision to be a Coraggion member has given me access to one of the best strategists I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

How do you use Coraggio?

Coraggio gives us exposure to world-class thinkers, a business and personal support community outside the firm, and opportunity for strategic reflection.

Facilitating the opportunity to take time out each month to reflect and draw on the experience, skills and wisdom of people from all walks of business life – including some Chairs with exceptional achievements – to help direct your business and your life with greater purpose.

What are the greatest challenges to running your business?

The biggest challenge operating our law practice in more recent few years has been training and retaining the right cultural-fit lawyers, who combine legal excellence, client care, dependability, and commercial savvy; without the risk of them being poached.

The verdict

5 reasons why I value Coraggio:

  1. Strategic reflection
  2. Accountability
  3. Goal setting across business, personal including health and family
  4. Fresh innovative ideas
  5. Insights
Looking back would you join Coraggio again?

Every few months, around invoicing time, I think about this and for over 2 years the answer has always been “Yes”. Coraggio is a valuable opportunity to reflect, learn and sharpen the wits, will and weapons for another month of business and life.


Company size

> 20


Australia wide

What revenue increase have you experienced since joining Coraggio?

46% (from FY18-FY21)

What strategies have you focused on?

  • Attracting and retaining good staff
  • Attracting and retaining good clients
  • Keeping abreast of technological efficiencies

Key outcomes as a result of being with Coraggio

  • The ability to be more strategic in decisions
  • Staying on track – keeping the main thing, the main thing!
  • Monthly targets are set and benchmarked
  • A new perspective from a vast array of industry experts
  • Insight from keynote speakers and leaders within their sector

Ben Warren
Director, Ellem Warren Lawyers

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