karl manning

Karl Manning has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors where he has worked in management, legal, policy, and service delivery roles. He has led change initiatives within organisations and has been a member of high-level government and legal industry committees dealing with reform, strategy, and stakeholder liaison.

Karl specialises in mediation and facilitation as well as team, individual, and organisational development. He is well–regarded for his creative and strategic initiative as well as his calm, professional, and diplomatic approach.

Karl was admitted to the legal profession in 1994 and has completed the solicitors’ practice management course. He has worked across a broad range of legal areas. He is currently a registered mediator under the Australian National Mediation Accreditation Standards and has experience working cross–culturally, with interpreters, and with Indigenous people.

He is fully accredited to use the world–renowned Team Management Systems suite of profiling instruments and holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.


“MANNING CONSULTANTS DID AN EXCELLENT JOB conducting an evaluation of the Welfare Rights and Legal Centre’s Street Law program in late 2011. The final report attracted universal praise from the WRLC’s Board with one Board member describing the report as “excellent”. A highlight of the evaluation was the development of a practical and concrete set of performance measures for the Centre’s work which have since been adopted by one of the Centre’s major funding bodies.”

Genevieve Bolton, Co–ordinator/Principal Solicitor, Welfare Rights and Legal Centre, Canberra

“OUR FIRM HAS DISCOVERED BETTER WAYS OF WORKING TOGETHER.We have really homed in on the issues that relate to productivity and profitability and we’ve made plans to streamline and improve in these areas. With Karl Manning’s experience as a lawyer and his passion for team development we felt understood and supported throughout the process. We have learnt a lot about ourselves and this has represented great professional development for us. With the ongoing support of Manning Consultants I’m confident that our action plans will remain on the radar. If your team needs to plan its path forward or could use a little revitalisation, I’m sure that Manning Consultants will provide you with a structured pathway towards a more focused and coordinated team effort.”

Scott Coulthart,Principal LegalIT Lawyers, Brisbane


Please click on the below links to reveal each case study in more detail.

“Independent evaluation of legal service program leads to recommendations for
improvement and helps secure future program investment”

Client: Board of the Welfare Rights and Legal Centre (WRLC), Canberra.
Date: November 2011

Project: To provide a detailed evaluation of the Street Law Project (SLP) to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the legal service to the community and the sustainability of current funding arrangements.


“Innovative approach to team development and planning activities for
law firm brings benefits and results”

Client: LegalIT Lawyers, Brisbane
Date: February 2012 and ongoing

Project: To gain insight for individual staff members into the way they prefer to work and their preferred role within the legal team to help improve team processes and performance, encourage the sustainability and profitability of the firm, and determine a system for ongoing monitoring of the process.


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