The business of law is on the fast-track to change. Back for a 2nd year, the Lawyers Weekly Future Forum 2017 is for practitioners who want to remain at the cutting edge of technological change and business innovation. Whether it be technological, economic or generational factors - innovation is no longer a choice, but a MUST to ensure your practice stays relevant and in demand in a fiercely competitive marketplace.
Our stellar line-up of expert speakers will provide you with business strategies, tips and ideas that will help transform your practices.
Lawyers Weekly Future Forum 2017 is for professionals looking to make innovation more than just a buzzword. Whether you’re a lawyer, practice manager or professional working directly or indirectly across the legal services, you'll benefit from hearing about how to streamline your processes, retain your top talent, protect your data and add new depth to your client relationships.
Session content will include:
Anna leads the global legal activities at Megaport (ASX: MP1). She has 12+ years corporate law experience working for large organisations in both New Zealand and Australia (including other ASX listed companies Transpacific Industries Group and Suncorp Group, the Ray White & Loan Market group of companies and Eagle Boys Pizza).
Tim leads PwC Australia's workplace law practice, and has practiced in Australian workplace relations law for over 25 years. Tim specialises in all aspects of workplace relations law. Areas of particular interest include:
Tim strives to get to know the details of his clients' businesses – the key people, the issues the business is facing, what makes up the DNA of the business, and the impediments to the business achieving its potential. By establishing strong relationships with clients and a keen understanding of their businesses, Tim operates as a trusted adviser, providing informed strategic guidance and acting as a sounding board for new approaches as well as providing high quality and practical legal advice.
Having worked in professional services for more than 16 years, with the last 12 years in law, in a variety of marketing, business development and client management roles, Tammy understands the business of law and how the legal industry is changing.
For the past two years, Tammy has led the development of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s new legal resourcing business, Orbit Legal Resourcing. A business that provides clients (including the partnership of Corrs Chambers Westgarth) with access to a quality, mobile, agile and contingent workforce while also providing lawyers with a different way of working, giving them control of when they work, how they work and who they work for.
Having recently completed the Senior Executive MBA at Melbourne Business School, Tammy is passionate about finding human-centric solutions to business problems and creating positive client experiences driven by engaged, talented people.
With almost two decade’s experience in professional services, Petra has driven and championed the positioning of independent law firm, Gilbert & Tobin, as a market leader in its field. Not only in terms of defining best-in-class HR, OD and talent management capabilities that have earned the firm recognition as a leading employer, but in terms of a highly-recognised, pioneering approach to innovation, digital transformation and agile delivery practice.
Petra has a deep understanding of competitive strategy and views people, process and technology as an opportunity to deliver market differentiation, working with top talent to embrace and apply emerging technology to the world of business, creating Agile environments that maximise outcomes and financial return for our business, staff and clients.
Petra is passionate about leading businesses through the minefield of innovation versus disruption to realise targeted business outcomes. With experience in building new functions and transforming legacy business functions into valuable contributors, Petra leads Agile change activities that evolve business services and generate sustainable revenue streams.
Mike is your go-to guy for honesty and opportunity in your career and life. An accident-prone top tier lawyer turned international recruiter and business owner, Mike is rarely found without a podcast or audiobook in his ears. He lives, eats, breathes and dreams self-improvement. That is, when he’s not rolling around on the floor. He says he’s a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but given his colour blindness, we’re not sure we believe him. Rumour has it that he was booted out of a leading law firm for always writing in red pen (he still claims it was black). Mike is our resident health and fitness nut, responsible for fattening up team BB with his homemade paleo choc-peppermint slice. His big goal is to make lawyers happier and healthier and to help people create more opportunity to do stuff they love. Mike is the last person you should ask to hold a ladder or change a lightbulb, but if you want to maximise opportunity in your career and life, and do more stuff you love, he’s happy to lend a hand.
Maciek is a master of the pivot. He’s played the roles of lawyer, leading international recruiter, entrepreneur, beach bum and vintage kombi enthusiast – sometimes all at once. When Maciek isn’t helping lawyers explore fresh perspectives on their careers, he spends his days juggling small kids, even smaller dogs and vintage kombi vans. Some might call Maciek a career nomad. Not content with settling for average, he’s currently on a mission to smash the legal paradigm and get lawyers to think bigger. To explore more fulfilling options. To push their personal boundaries and try something unexpected.
Maciek is our resident legal-tech enthusiast, which almost makes up for that time he broke Facebook (and not in the good way). So, if you’re interested in finding out how robots will soon be replacing your job, or how to master your own career pivot, get in touch with Maciek today.
Cameron Payne is the National Sales and Marketing Senior Director in the Technology segment at FTI Consulting. Cameron has over 21 years’ experience working on large litigation matters and 18 years’ experience working with the Ringtail product suite and other advanced applications changing the face of the legal industry. He has held various roles in working in the field including National Helpdesk Manager, lead trainer, Project Management, Sales and Pre-Sales.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Cameron founded and successfully led an M&A document management business in a big four accounting firm for five years, well as over ten years professional services experience in two top tier law firms in litigation and litigation technology fields.
Cameron holds a Diploma of Information Technology - Software Development (Swinburne)
ANDERS SÖRMAN-NILSSON (LLB / EMBA) is a global futurist and innovation strategist who helps leaders decode trends, decipher what’s next and turn provocative questions into proactive strategies. With an average of 240 international travel days a year, Anders’ view is that the future and the now are converging in a city or start-up near you, giving the curious, the creative and the courageous a competitive and sustainable edge. At the same time, that same future contains fearsome forecasts for futurephobes.
This Swedish-Australian futurist has shared stage with Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates, and European and Australian heads of state. He is an active member of TEDGlobal, has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2015, and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia.
His thought leadership has been featured in international media like Monocle, Business Insider, Sky News Business, Financial Review, CIO Magazine and Boss. He is the author of the books Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customers and Thinque Funky: Upgrade Your Thinking, and his upcoming book Seamless: the futurephile’s guide to leading digital adaptation and human transformation is due for release by Wiley in October 2016.
His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience, which is why clients like Apple, Cisco, Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them turn research into foresight and business impact.
Beth Patterson is a globally recognised leader in the development of legal technologies, including the application of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to deliver competitive client solutions.
Beth leads Allens' team of multi-disciplinary professionals, working with lawyers and clients to deliver integrated low cost document review solutions combined with market leading technologies. Beth recently received the 2017 Lexis Nexis Janders Dean Innovation Special Achievement award for her work in advancing the legal industry as well as winning the 2016 LawTech Legal IT Leader of the Year - Large Firm and the 2015 ILTA Litigation Support Professional of the Year Distinguished Peer Award.
Allens also been recognised for their ability to strategically think outside the box having recently won the 2017 Lawyers Weekly "Innovator of the year" award and Australasian Lawyer's "Innovative Firms of 2016"
Graeme is a legal technologist with 15 years of experience in the legal and financial services industries. Graeme leverages his deep understanding of legal processes and love of new technologies to deliver exceptional results in unexpected ways.
Graeme’s understanding of how technology can improve legal practice has led to the release of CaseFolio, Corrs' award-winning iPad app; launching Beagle Asia Pacific, an AI-based process improvement methodology; collaborating with Elevate Services to create Cael Verify, a verification application for legal and compliance teams; and creating JustOCR, a cloud-based OCR service with patented analysis technology.
Internally, Graeme has also spent time identifying a pathway to AWS cloud migration for the firm, extracting insights from legal data using visual analysis, launching an incubator, developing products to streamline legal workflows.
Graeme works with project sponsors across the firm to prototype, develop and launch products that benefit our clients, our firm and our industry.
Graeme regularly presents to clients, internal stakeholders and at industry events on the firm’s open innovation philosophy and ventures.
Whit is responsible for the strategy and business development of the LexisNexis Asia Pacific business. With a five year outlook Whit is tasked with driving the creation and management review of large scale business development projects that impact the company's direction. He also leads the Legal Software Solutions (LSS) team, which delivers cloud-based and on-premise tools that drive improved outcomes for clients, helping them to make better decisions by combining world-class LexisNexis content with practice management workflow solutions.
Whit has held various senior roles where he directed product management, presented business cases, led market expansion analysis, and had global responsibility for strategy and business development/ acquisition strategy of content and software products at LexisNexis.
Prior to joining LexisNexis, Whit led strategy and growth initiatives in brand/product management and various sales roles at Procter & Gamble. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Noga is the co-founder of fast-growing VC-backed startup UrbanYou, a real-time booking platform for trusted, pre-screened household services such as cleaning and gardening. Noga is a lawyer by training, having worked as a Senior Associate at top-tier firms Allens in Sydney, and Slaughter and May in London, before moving in-house as General Counsel at Yahoo!7.
As a busy executive, Noga experienced first-hand the challenges of trying to find reliable household help, and noticed that many of her colleagues shared the same frustrations. At Yahoo!, Noga had been on teams responsible for building and launching global technology products, and she knew there had to be a better way. Noga started looking at how she could use technology to solve this problem and UrbanYou was born!
As a former lawyer now running a startup within the Gig Economy, Noga has a unique perspective on the challenges facing both lawyers and companies operating in this space.
Frances is a senior in-house lawyer at Netwealth Investments Limited, an award-winning provider of investment wrap and superannuation financial products. Previously she was a Senior Associate at leading national law firm Allens, doing transactional and advisory work in its funds, superannuation and wealth team.
Frances is interested in all technologies, tools and workplace policies, settings and cultures that can help lawyers work more effectively and happily and deliver a service that their clients love. Frances has preschool-aged children and holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Su-Ann joined Proximity in 2017 to launch its Melbourne operations. Proximity are on-site specialists in legal and commercial advisory services. The innovative firm was recently crowned Government Team of the Year in the 2017 Australian Law Awards.
Su-Ann brings significant legal and commercial experience from both private and public sectors. Her in-house experience includes working at Toyota/Lexus Australia, Cadbury and the Grains Research & Development Corporation.
Su-Ann completed her Master of Commercial Law at the University of Melbourne while working as a corporate lawyer. This enabled her to acquire practical expertise in areas including negotiation, technology contracts, liability insurance and international intellectual property law.
Su-Ann speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, and loves bringing together people from different perspectives to leverage talent and spark new ideas.
Brendan Smart is the CEO of LEAP Legal Software in Australia. He has worked in the Legal Software and Information Brokerage industries in Australia for eight years, with experience working in senior management roles both here and abroad. Before joining LEAP, he was responsible for delivering revenue and sales growth at InfoTrack Pty Ltd, Australia’s Leading Information Broker, as General Manager of Sales.
Brendan is based at LEAP’s headquarters in Sydney, and is tasked with providing guidance to the Executive Team on innovative business practices and providing superior technology to law firms. He is responsible for LEAP’s overall business performance, with an underlying focus on delivering and supporting innovative legal software solutions to clients in Australia.
As a noted business professional, Brendan frequently speaks on legal technology innovation to audiences in Australia.
As Co-Founder and CTO, Mohan’s passion for enabling transparency and security in the enterprise, along with his commitment to driving customer success, has enabled Dtex to be recognized as one of Gartner’s Cool Vendors in 2016.
With over 20 years of Global experience, Mohan is widely recognized as a thought leader in the Cyber Security industry. With particular interest in the intersection between surveillance and privacy, Mohan led Dtex to become the first ever security vendor to implement ‘Privacy by Design’ in the development of the Dtex technology platform.
Mohan is continually studying the global enterprise security landscape, with a passion for driving ‘People-centric Security’ practices and positioning the end user as the ultimate key to enterprise security.
As General Manager of LexisNexis Australia, Simon is responsible for setting the strategy for the region and is dedicated to building a culture that supports growth and innovation to deliver exceptional value to customers.
Under Simon’s leadership, LexisNexis Australia is focused on introducing data and analytics as a key advantage to clients, as well as ensuring systemic growth of content and software solutions to evolve for customer needs.
Simon has previously held the position of Interim Managing Director in South East Asia and also led New Lexis, our ground-breaking business-wide transformation program, across APAC.
Simon has a proven track record of successfully developing and implementing go-to-market strategies to achieve sustained customer-centric growth and profitability.
Prior to joining LexisNexis in August 2010, Simon also led the sales business at CCH Australia and at McGraw-Hill Australia, where he focused on delivering business growth, building teams and improving customer experience. Simon has also held senior sales leadership roles at Pearson in Europe and Australia.
Mark has more than twenty years’ experience in Corporate and Commercial law developed in a variety of industries, together with extensive business management experience underpinned by an MBA.
He began his professional career as a police prosecutor before becoming a compliance and corporate governance specialist and one of Australia’s foremost gaming lawyers. He held several General Counsel and Company Secretary roles within both listed and non-listed gaming companies, assuming total responsibility for all aspects of their global commercial, corporate and intellectual property legal services.
Along with Commercial, Property and Gaming Law, Mark has been pioneering the area of Agile Contracting for companies participating in IT projects that feature Agile and Scrum project management principals. He has well developed legal skills and takes a commercial approach when providing strategic legal advice to executive management teams, business owners and company boards, and if he wasn’t practicing Business Law he’d be a professional triathlet
Bob Murray, MBA, PhD (Clinical Psychology), is an internationally recognised expert in strategy, leadership, influencing, human motivation and behavioural change.
Bob’s insights are based on his wide experience in business as well as his deep knowledge of research in the areas of management, psychology, genetics and neurobiology. Clients include premier global law firms such as Allen & Overy, Ashurst LLP, Allens Linklaters, K&L Gates, Littler Mendelssohn P.C, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose and top tier multinationals such as KPMG, Macquarie Bank, PwC, Ford, Caterpillar, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, BHP, Grant Thornton, Wesfarmers Insurance, UXC and Stockland.
Dr Bob is in demand as a key-note speaker, executive coach and advisor. The topics he is most often asked to talk about involve explaining what the newest research shows are the best ways of creating and leading high performance teams, business development and marketing. His talks are lively, intensely practical and highly experiential.
With his colleague Dr Alicia Fortinberry, Bob won the American Science Achievement Award and was appointed to head the Obama Administration’s comprehensive national work stress initiative.
Bob’s latest book with Dr Alicia Fortinberry, Leading the Future: The new human science of law firm strategy and leadership (Ark Group, London) shows the potential impact of the new science of being human on organisational success. Bob and Alicia are also authors of the international best-sellers Creating Optimism and Raising an Optimistic Child (McGraw-Hill, New York), which have become standards in the fields of optimism and resilience.
Dr Bob has lectured at Sydney, Duke, Tufts, South Florida and California State universities. He received his MBA from Sydney University (where he also earned his MA in Psychology) and his PhD from New York University.
Bob is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He was also made a Fellow of the British Institute of Management.
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