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New and improved event to help lawyers reimagine future legal landscape

Lawyers Weekly is pleased to reveal the agenda for this year’s Future Forum, featuring key and controversial topics legal professionals need to start thinking about if they haven’t already.

user iconEmma Musgrave 28 September 2017 Big Law
New and improved event to help lawyers reimagine future legal landscape
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For the second year running, Lawyers Weekly is bringing back its Future Forum, an event catered to professionals who want to be at the cutting edge of technological change and business innovation.

This year’s new and improved agenda will focus on a number of themes, providing attendees with tips on how to streamline their processes, retain top talent, protect data and add new depth to the client relationship.

A key session this year will ask the controversial question: Will all lawyers work for the Big 4 by 2030?


The topic is a hotly debated one in today's legal profession, with practitioners seemingly split on how big the impact of the big four accounting firms will eventually be. While some envision that we'll see more lawyers opting to work in the big four than ever before, others are adamant that private practice firms have nothing to worry about.

This session will hear from four experts, who will delve into whether or not there is a future for law firms with the threat of the big four lurking ever so strong, how professionals can stay relevant in changing times, and how law firms can foster a culture of engagement and retain top talent despite the impending challenges.

Another key session will delve into what will make up "tomorrow's lawyer". The session will be delivered by keynote speaker Dr Bob Murray, who will provide context about what's already playing out in the US and UK legal markets, and how the future of practising law is set to play out here. 

As we've heard numerous times, legal professionals need to adapt to survive the future legal market, however this session will provide accurate examples from other jurisdictions, explaining why its not only a necessity to do so but also how to do it. Dr Murray will be answering key questions such as: What will the lawyer of the future look like? How do we make ourselves relevant to our clients? Should we fear emerging technologies? 

Other topics in this packed-out agenda will answer how to reposition yourself and your practice to stay relevant to your clients and how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s client.

Attendees will also discover what the future talent landscape is set to look like in the legal market, how the gig economy will impact the law, and how legal professionals can safeguard their practice from the next big hack.

The speakers have also been revealed for this year’s event, consisting of Peta Stirling, head of legal capability, Gilbert + Tobin; Michael Bromley and Maciek Motylinksi, co-founders, Beyond Billables; Cameron Payne, national sales and marketing senior director, FTI Consulting; Anders Sorman-Nilsson, global futurist and innovation strategist; Fabian Horton, lecturer, The College of Law Australia; and Beth Patterson, chief legal & technology services officer, Allens.

Also included in the speaker line-up is Graeme Grovum, head of innovation, Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Whit Lee, executive director, strategy & customer research, LexisNexis Asia Pacific; Noga Edelstein, co-founder, UrbanYou; Frances Dunn, senior legal counsel, Netwealth Investments Limited; David Bushby, managing director, Lexoo Australia; Su-Ann Tan Burke, senior advisor, Proximity; and Brendan Smart, CEO, LEAP Legal Software PTY Ltd.

Completing the speakers list is Mohan Koo, CTO, Dtex Systems; Simon Wilkins, general manager, LexisNexis Australia; Mark R Gardiner, lawyer, consultant & business advisor; and Bob Murray, principal, Fortinberry Murray.

Keynote speaker of the Future Forum Bob Murray spoke recently to Lawyers Weekly about his upcoming session and why he encourages all practitioners to attend. Corrs' Graeme Grovum also provided an insight into what his session will discuss and what he hopes attendees will takeaway from the event.

The Lawyers Weekly Future Forum will be held in Brisbane on 17 October, Sydney on 18 October and Melbourne on 19 October.

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