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ALPMA to power ALTA moving forward

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association and Australian Legal Technology Association have entered into a new agreement, whereby the former will now power the latter, including the Women of Australian Legal Technology subsidiary.

user iconLawyers Weekly 04 December 2023 Big Law
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ALPMA – the peak body representing managers and leaders working within law firms, legal departments, or government agencies – is set to power ALTA and WALTA moving forward, which foster Australian innovation at the intersection of law and technology.

In a statement, it was noted that the boards of both associations “recognise the synergies and opportunities this agreement will provide” and look forward to collaborating further on initiatives in 2024.

Both associations will continue as independent brands within the market, at least for the time being.


Speaking about the new agreement, ALTA president Karen Finch (pictured) said that it “makes sense, in today’s environment, for businesses to look at ways to increase operational efficiencies and our Board did just that. We sought out an alternate way to power ALTA into the future”.

“ALPMA is a strong, well-established Association within the Australasian legal industry that delivers, like us, operational and business-focused learning and development to law firms, in particular for their business management teams. It’s a natural fit, with legal technology, one of ALPMA’s core learning and development pillars,” she proclaimed.

ALPMA president Stephen van Dorp added: “The legal industry is rapidly changing and (legal) technology is playing a significant role in driving this change, with that change only set to increase in speed and significance into the future.

“Technological and digital literacy is fast becoming must-have skill set and as a member-based Association our promise to members is to assist them to keep abreast of the changes impacting the industry, and their firms, as it relates to the ‘business of law’.

“Our members are typically business management teams within law firms who are looking for ways to streamline and improve their business operations. Improved technology usage and technology adoption is often the way forward.”

And ALPMA chief executive Emma Elliott said that her team is “delighted to be working with the ALTA board, and look forward to finding additional ways to add value for all members and the wider legal community into 2024”.

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