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    SYDNEY - 9 NOVEMBER 2016
    Wesley Conference Centre

    Melbourne Convention Centre




The inaugural Lawyers Weekly Future Forum 2016 is an event for lawyers who want to stay at the cutting edge of technological change and business innovation. The legal sector is facing an unprecedented era of upheaval and disruption - innovation is no longer a choice, but a MUST to ensure your practice stays relevant and in demand.

Our stellar line-up of expert speakers will provide lawyers with strategies, tips and ideas that will transform their practices.

This is a unique, must-attend event for lawyers, practice managers and other legal professionals!

Why should I attend?

In the past five years, change has become a constant in the legal sector. Faced with an increasingly competitive market, innovation is the key to lawyer's survival.

Lawyers Weekly Future Forum will introduce you to the threats - and opportunities - presented by technology. Learn how to streamline your processes, protect your data and add new depth to the client relationship. Harness innovations to work for you and stay one step ahead of the pack.

Who should attend?

Lawyers Weekly Future Forum 2016 is for anyone interested in the leading innovation of today's the legal profession. Whether you're a lawyer, practice manager or IT expert within a firm, you'll benefit from hearing about the endless potential presented by new tech developments.


Could your advice be replaced by a robot? Giant leaps in AI technology have transformed legal services delivery. Hear about the latest developments and learn how to leverage these trends to your advantage.


Innovation is the action and process of change. It is the evolution of culture, influences and perceptions that promote growth in you and your business. Learn how to provide a unique and valuable experience that will ensure you build lifelong relationships with clients.


Chat to fellow professionals, share your thoughts and ideas, and network with the leading innovators in the legal sector. Learn how others are preparing for the future!


Cyber-attack is one of the greatest threats facing law firms today - and many fail to realise how vulnerable they are. Explore the intricacies of phishing, hacking, ransomware and other potential cyber risks. Learn how to protect your firm's and clients' confidential information!


Leading tech and software companies will showcase innovative solutions for lawyers looking beyond tomorrow.

Learn about the latest products and solutions you can implement in your practice!


This event will provide actionable ideas and practical solutions for all aspects of your practice. Get the whole team inspired, from the managing partner to the practice manager. Learn how small changes can have a major impact on your client service!

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Event Details


9 November 2016

8:15am Arrival and registration
8:45am Conference commences
5:00pm Conference close

Wesley Conference Centre

Lower ground, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 

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11 November 2016

 8:15am Arrival and Registration
8:45am Conference commences
5:00pm Conference close

Melbourne Convention Centre
2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf VIC 3006

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Hear from a line-up of expert speakers, including senior representative from Deloitte Digital, Momentum Intelligence, Red Rain, Verizon Enterprise Solutions (US), Neota Logic, plus more…

James O'Loghlin

MC, ABC TV Host, The New Inventors

James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers, corporate comedians and media personalities, best known as the host of over 300 episodes of "The New inventors" on ABC-TV, and for his witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio.

He has been delighting corporate audiences with his unique brand of corporate comedy for over a decade and is equally at home giving keynote speeches on innovation, acting as MC for awards nights and conferences and facilitating panel discussions.

From criminal lawyer, to comedian to media personality and presenter James has a wealth of experience. It was this role as the host of the New Inventors that fuelled James' interest in innovation, a subject upon which he now regularly gives keynote speeches. He explores practical things we can all do every day to become more innovative, and about the ways in which companies can create a culture that encourages innovation. After many years of work in Australia he is a favourite with Australian audiences and event planners, James is a true industry professional with hundreds of successful live events to his credit.

Chris Novak (USA)

Director, Investigative Response, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Christopher Novak is a co-founder and the Director of the Verizon Investigative Response Unit – a division of the Verizon RISK Team. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Investigative Response and Computer Forensics. He has been involved with information security for over 15 years. Christopher has assisted corporations, government agencies, and attorneys with all matters involving computer forensics, fraud investigations, and crisis management. He has testified as an expert witness in various matters and before such bodies as the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Chris has been an advisor on dozens of high-profile intrusion and data breach investigations around the globe. He works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as joint investigative operations coordinated with foreign law enforcement.

Peter Williams

Founder, Deloitte Digital

Peter is a recognised thought leader and practitioner in Innovation with a particular focus on digital innovation.

Although his professional training was as a Chartered Accountant Peter started working with internet technologies in 1993 while working in the UK and on his return to Australia in 1996 founded an eBusiness Consulting group within Deloitte Australia. Since that time Peter founded Deloitte Digital, a business pioneering the delivery of professional services online and is now one of the world’s largest web and mobile development firms.

Peter is a sought after speaker and media commentator both locally and internationally and has worked with boards and senior executives of many companies helping them understand and adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment.

One of Australia’s technology titans is here to help explain and map the new terrain . Peter is the obvious person to have led the newly formed Australian Chapter of Centre for the Edge, a Silicon Valley Applied Research Centre chaired by two technology luminaries John Hagel III and John Seely Brown with a mission to identify and explore emerging opportunities related to big shifts that aren’t yet on the senior management agenda, but ought to be. While it is focused on long-term trends and opportunities, it is equally focused on implications for near-term action, the day-to-day environment of executives.

Recently appointed as Chief Edge Officer, Peter grasped the implications of the internet as long ago as 1993 and has been engineering change ever since. As a sought after speaker and media commentator both locally and internationally and has worked with boards and senior executives of many companies helping them understand and adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment.

Peter was recently named as one of Australia’s top Digital Influences, Is Chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council, an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, Board Member of Deloitte Foundation and Circus OZ. Pete is also very active in the community and has assisted in Vic Bushfire relief, QLD floods, Christchurch Earthquake as well as actively undertakes student mentoring.



Julian Uebergang

Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Neota Logic

Julian serves as the Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Neota Logic and is responsible for new and existing client engagements, as well as executing brand and marketing strategies in the region.

Previously, Julian held a digital product strategy role with a startup entity funded by Australia Post. He also has significant eDiscovery experience, having co-founded PinPoint Global in London and ultimately joining Epiq Systems (NASDAQ: EPIQ) through acquisition to lead their international Client Services and Operations division.

Chris Schwager

Video Director & Video Marketing Specialist, Ridge Films

Chris Schwager is an Inbound Video Marketing Specialist for Ridge Films and a frequent speaker at industry events. Since 2002, Chris has advised leading Corporate Organisations, Government & Small Businesses, to maximise their video marketing potential. He started as a video director over 20 years ago, broadening to feature films and video presenting. His latest viral video on ‘Swim Survival’, reached 300,000 Facebook fans in the first week.

Bobbi Young


As CEO of LEAP Australia with over 20 years’ experience working in and for the legal profession, Bobbi Young’s focus is on helping small law firms work more productively, enabling them to grow and succeed.

Client-centric experiences are her priority so Ms Young encourages her staff and management team to continuously innovate and grow to achieve the common objective of delivering high quality customer experiences. Ms Young has vast experience in operations, business development, client management, quality assurance, product implementation and legal practice management.

Nick Abrahams

Partner & APAC Technology Practice Leader, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nick is the APAC Technology Practice Leader of Norton Rose Fulbright. Nick is a former dotcom entrepreneur, an angel investor and director of one of Australia’s most successful software companies, Integrated Research (ASX:IRI). Nick is a regular technology columnist for the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He specialises in assisting companies in the tech, media and telco space with M&A/investment as well as general contracting/commercial legal work, including eBusiness, cloud, outsourcing and privacy.

Pouyan Afshar

Barrister, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers

Pouyan is a barrister (was a solicitor) and is a co-founder of a number of technology businesses based in Sydney. He is a keen user and advocate for the use of technology in practice.  He is also an international business advisor and consultant. He brings together experience of legal practice and the development and use of technology.

Chaman Sidhu

General Counsel, Xero Ltd

Chaman Sidhu is General Counsel at Xero Ltd, a cloud accounting platform for small businesses and their advisors. Listed on the NZX and ASX, Xero has a near global presence and over 1400 staff across Australia, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and Singapore.

Chaman is an executive leader with extensive experience in Australia and the US, and a passion for people, culture, and innovation in in-house legal services. She recently lead an in-house legal team that won a LexisNexis® Legal Innovation Index award for its innovative use of “agile” workflow management, “MVP” approach to legal services and “natural language” online user terms and conditions.

Having previously held General Counsel positions at Lonely Planet and Envato (a global ecommerce platform), Chaman is well-versed in a range of global and cross-border legal matters including general commercial transactions, M&A, cloud and technology, governance, intellectual property, and complex regulatory areas.

Jodie Baker

Former Managing Director & Founder, Hive Legal and

Managing Director, Xakia Technologies

Jodie believes in the importance of constant innovation and a healthy curiosity to explore new ways of doing old things; innovation has been a hallmark of Jodie’s career. Jodie’s background includes extended periods as a lawyer and financial analyst at Minter Ellison, JBWere, Goldman Sachs, and 2008 start-up Evans & Partners. Jodie was the architect and a founder of Hive Legal, recognised for its innovative business model with the ALPMA Telstra Thought Leadership Award 2014, listing in the Legal Innovation Index 2014,  Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice (Silver) 2015, Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year (Finalist) 2015, Australasian Law Awards Employee Health & Wellbeing Award 2016, LIV Law Firm of the Year (<20 partners) 2016 and widely welcomed as a changing force in today’s Australian legal landscape. At Hive Legal, Jodie was Managing Director, a role for which she was recognised as a finalist in Lawyers’ Weekly Women in Law Awards, Executive of the Year 2015. Jodie also directed Hive Legal’s Innovation Program and from July 2016 became the Managing Director of Hive Legal’s first innovative spin out (details coming soon!).

Anna Collyer

Partner, Allens

Anna Collyer is championing Allens' innovation strategy, to design and develop services that continually meet and anticipate client needs in an environment of rapid change. Anna is also the head of Allens' 30 partner Energy Resources and Infrastructure practice group, and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. 

In her 15 years as partner at Allens, Anna has held various other leadership roles, including as sector leader for Power & Utilities and serving on the Allens board. Anna has an active practice in the energy sector, where she has worked on many transformational projects including privatisations, renewable energy and significant industry reform.

Andrew Abel

Founder and Principal, Legal Practice Blueprint

Andrew Abel is the Principal Coach and Founder of Legal Practice Blueprint, a business coaching and consulting firm specialising in helping legal practice owners build profitable, scalable and saleable legal practices.

As a fully qualified accountant, and with more than twenty years successfully growing business across a range of industries, 10 of which as Chief Financial Officer of a large service based business, Andrew now applies his considerable experience in driving profitability and growth to the legal industry. In addition to his coaching work he also delivers tailored training programs, online and offline workshops, strategic facilitation and is an engaging speaker.

Whilst his ability to strategically enhance key profit and growth metrics are his bread and butter his real passion is connecting professional firms with their market and embracing the opportunities available through legal industry disruption.


Event Partner

LEAP practice management software makes it fast and easy for legal practitioners to manage matter documents, accounting and billing, so they can focus on practicing law.

Today, LEAP is the world’s largest provider of legal practice management software for small law firms; with clients across Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Firms have relied on LEAP since 1992 for innovative and powerful software to simplify their workflow. We take this responsibility seriously and dedicate millions of dollars each year to product development. It’s resulted in benefits such as a cloud-based and mobile interfaces.

In addition, over 13 000 automated forms and precedents are regularly updated for all common areas of law, and purpose-built for Australia’s state and federal jurisdictions.

We’re passionate about evolving LEAP with feedback from clients, so the software is easy to use and allows firms to get more work done.

Our goal is to empower small law firms to make more money.

Visit www.leap.com.au for more information.

Gold Sponsor

FTI Consulting is a global business advisory firm with over 4,600 employees across 29 countries. Our professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. As a recognised leader in technology, FTI Consulting offers a comprehensive portfolio of award-winning e-discovery software, services and consulting support to streamline processes that are often reactive and risk-prone. From internal investigations to large-scale litigation, we help corporations and their law firms meet any e-discovery challenge including collection from the cloud, multinational discovery, and e-discovery cost control.

Visit www.fticonsulting.com for more information.

Event Supporter

CPD Interactive provides online CPD/CLE for lawyers in Australia. We have over 80 courses available in all four compulsory categories, that can be completed when and where you want. Our courses are informative and interactive and meet the rules of all law societies in Australia. So whether you want to do the courses as an individual, offer a firm wide solution or deliver CPD for your clients we have something on offer. We recently have partnered with VidVersity a tool that allows anyone to edit video into a great learning experience adding chapters, questions and links to documents/webpages. We are creating a new suite of exciting video based interactive courses using VidVersity and selling licences to VidVersity enabling firms to create their own learning. So come and see Liz Kollias and Natalie Wieland at our booth for a demonstration or to have any questions answered.


Innessco works with boutique; small and medium sized law firms to assist them implement, support and manage IT. Our Hosted Desktop provides you with a private cloud based enterprise IT platform that supports all of your existing applications and systems. Our fixed price helpdesk service supports you onsite and remotely for all of your IT systems. Combined, these two services provide you with a reliable, flexible and low cost managed IT environment.  Innessco is your single point of contact for all IT issues.  We are your IT department.


Momentum Intelligence is a market-leading research and intelligence business focused on Australia’s property, professional and financial services sectors. It specialises in data collection and interpretation, helping organisations better understand their markets and make more informed business decisions. Momentum delivers both qualitative and quantitative research analysis and reports, drawing on one of the largest and most engaged research databases in Australia.



Nexon Asia Pacific delivers IT for the dynamic professional services business with solutions that help them to run businesses better. As an Australian business technology company specialising in cloud and managed services, Nexon delivers secure network and cloud infrastructure, unified communications as well as business applications to deliver better user experience. Nexon team designs, implements, and supports client’s entire IT environment including mobility and day-to-day support, enabling them to capitalise on agility to innovate and compete in the market.


Red Rain develops RedView, a mobility and collaboration platform for law firms and their clients. RedView integrates information from on premise systems and provides all parties with 24/7 access to matters, documents, time, status, key dates, relationships and more – from any device. RedView is changing how law firms approach customer service – providing an ‘always on’ solution for forward-thinking firms.



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