Cameron Abbott

Partner
K&L Gates

Cameron Abbott

Partner - K&L Gates

Cameron is one of the leading 'front end' TMT lawyers in Australia. He is often called upon to advise on complex platform procurements, from ERP, CRM and data analytics.  As a result he provides extensive advice on all aspects of privacy, data security, cloud computing and e-commerce transactions for a range of large listed corporations, government corporations and departments as well as multi-national system integrators and software vendors.

He partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. Cameron concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which regularly span multiple jurisdictions as well as advising on electronic data retention and data privacy issues.

Cameron is also the firm's Australian Privacy Officer and an editor and regular contributor of our CyberWatch Australia and FinTech Law Watch blogs.

Philip Argy

CEO
ArgyStar.com

Philip Argy

CEO - ArgyStar.com

Philip Argy is an experienced commercial mediator and arbitrator, having successfully resolved thousands of disputes, many of them highly complex involving tens of millions of dollars. He specialises in intellectual property, science, technology, consumer, franchising and competition issues and has an Australian Government Negative Vetting 2 security clearance enabling him to assist in cases involving classified information. He has been a computer buff for over 41 years as well as being an experienced programmer. Philip left Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now called King & Wood Mallesons) at the end of 2007 after being with the firm for almost 32 years (24 of them as a partner). He established ArgyStar.com primarily to evangelise and implement dispute resolution and avoidance strategies in the IT sector, applying the  ADRoIT Principles, jointly promoted by the Australian Computer SocietyIAMA, and the Project Management Institute.He is a director and founder of the Technology Dispute Centre, a Consulting Principal at both Keypoint Law - an innovative model in legal service delivery and at Australian Commerce Advisors, which provides blended and integrated commercial, legal and technical advice.

Philip is on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) panel of neutralsfor the resolution of intellectual property and technology disputes, especially those involving domain names. He is the sole Australian member of the prestigious Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre's Tech List. Euromoney's Best of the Best has repeatedly listed Philip as one of the best information technology lawyers in the world. Philip is a renowned strategist in both commercial negotiations and commercial litigation, bringing his enormous breadth of legal experience and deep technical expertise to bear on activities as diverse as food and drug regulation; patent, copyright and trade mark litigation; franchising, outsourcing; electronic commerce and digital signatures. He is also an experienced angel investor and business mentor.

Jim Bulling

Partner
K&L Gates

Jim Bulling

Partner - K&L Gates

Jim's practice focuses on banking and financial services regulatory issues and he acts for a range of entities in the financial services and funds management industry. His areas of focus include governance issues, prudential regulatory issues, banking and financial product disclosure issues, financial services compliance issues, FinTech innovations, emerging payments products, blockchain and digital currencies, financial product distribution issues and superannuation and funds management.

He is passionately leading the firm's FinTech industry practice in Australia and over the last two years he has been instructed by a number of FinTech clients ranging from domestically based grass-root start-ups to established financial players from Australia, the U.S. and  Asia. Jim is also an editor and regular author of our global FinTech blog 'Fintech Law Watch' - www.fintechlawblog.com

Nicholas Carr

Managing Director
Boab IT

Nicholas Carr

Managing Director - Boab IT

Son of a barrister, Nicholas has over 20 years of experience in IT and 6 years dealing exclusively with law firms. His background in managed services, data centre virtualisation and law firm security makes him an expert in his field, regularly giving CPD talks on ransomware prevention and law firm efficiency.

Andrew Cunningham

Partner – Consulting Soultions and Innovation Leader
MinterEllison

Julian Claxton

Managing Director
Jayde Consulting

 

Julian Claxton

Managing Director - Jayde Consulting

With over two and a half decades of active industry participation, Julian is an experienced security professional, with specific expertise in counterintelligence, surveillance detection, security risk management, and credibility analysis.

Whilst also serving in the Australian Army Reserves, Julian officially commenced his career as a covert surveillance specialist, security operative, factual investigator and later, an electronic security specialist. This experience led him to develop his skills in both physical and electronic surveillance and security management, where he serviced the corporate sector for almost ten years, before refining his skills in surveillance-detection, counterespionage and risk management.

Julian is a Founder Member of the Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Institute in London and he remains a member of the Espionage Research Institute International in America. He is also a longstanding member of ASIS International, and is a serving Board member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers in Canberra, Australia.

Professionally, Julian has advised the NSW Police Force on industry licensing matters (as an inaugural SLED Advisory Council member - reappointed in 2016); provided consulting advice and technical services to Australian law-enforcement bodies; been engaged by Australian and international governments to provide counter-surveillance and security advisory services; and has consulted to scores of businesses and corporations, particularly within financial, mining and resources, technology, political, defence, legal and professional services realms. Furthermore, Julian continues to provide discreet security risk management advice and counterintelligence support to a number of high-networth individuals and/or leading corporate executives — several of whom have retained Julian for well over a decade.

Julian is eager to share his experiences with like-minded professionals and clients, and as a result, remains internationally active as a security practitioner and subject matter professional. He has spoken at numerous conferences and events, sharing what he has learned. He holds certificates in security risk management, counter-surveillance, and investigations, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Analysis and Investigative Interviewing. Julian is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Communication, Behaviour and Credibility Analysis (MMU), due for completion in 2018.

Scott Dunphy-Brown

Sales Program Manager
InfoTrack

 

Scott Dunphy-Brown

Sales Program Manager - InfoTrack

With seven years’ experience in the information space, including Credit Reporting, Corporate Compliance and Legal Services, Scott’s knowledge is invaluable. At InfoTrack, Scott is involved in training businesses on how to use data to highlight areas of risk from credit organisation and assessment, B2B dealings, VOI, KYC and AML/ATC.

Stephen Foley

Founder/Managing Director, CEO
TA Law

Stephen Foley

Founder/Managing Director, CEO - TA Law

Stephen Foley has been developing software for Barristers and Barrister Chambers for 30 years. The software includes Transcript Analyser which was used in the NSW Police Royal Commission in the mid 1990’s and LiveNote which was used by 80% of the top 100 law firms in the USA. Stephen is the founder of TA Law. Over 65% of barristers in Victoria use TA Law’s software to run their accounts and diary systems. The company in recent times has created eBrief to support sending of electronic briefs between solicitors and barristers and BarristerSELECT a new way for solicitors to find and brief barristers in Sydney

Danny Gilbert

Co-founder and Managing Partner
Gilbert + Tobin

Annabel Griffinms

Partner
King & Wood Mallesons

 

Annabel Griffin

Partner - King & Wood Mallesons

Annabel is a partner in our Canberra office and a member of our government team, specialising in complex, strategic projects including major procurements, fund and program structuring, development projects, asset sales and project finance. Annabel is passionate about innovation in legal technology, including blockchain applications and smart contracting, and is closely involved with the start-up eco-system in the ACT and around Australia.

With 10 years of her 16 years experience spent in the UK and Singapore at a magic circle firm and as co-head of legal at an international energy company, she brings a wealth of private sector, foreign and Australian government experience to clients.

Since arriving in Australia in 2011, Annabel has built a strong ICT, procurement and project structuring practice, working with a number of government and private sector clients, such as CSIRO, ACT-based utilities, NSW and Northern Territory governments, and Commonwealth agencies. Annabel has been involved in a number of sensitive government procurement and outsourcing projects, including some strategically critical government projects (at both Commonwealth and State and Territory levels).

As an experienced strategic legal adviser, Annabel also brings to her clients extensive knowledge of the energy sector. She has broad financing experience, working across multiple international financial markets and extensive experience of project financings (including PPPs) in Europe and Asia. Her work has included international mergers; legal risk analysis; project financing; joint venture arrangements; and syndicated and leveraged financing options.

Annabel is Australia and English law qualified.

Jarred Hardman

CEO and Founder
Crowd & Co

Melanee MacPhee

Head of HR
Cigna New Zealand

Tomoyuki Hachigo

Co-founder - sprintlaw

Tomoyuki is a lawyer and entrepreneur with experience working in the legal industry since 2009. Passionate about changing the business of law, he co-founded sprintlaw – a new type of law firm making legal services convenient and affordable for startups and small businesses. Before starting sprintlaw, he was at Clayton Utz for over 7 years – beginning his career in legal tech implementing technology solutions for lawyers, and more recently as an M&A lawyer.

David Hobley

Manager, Information Technology
GlobalX

David Hobley

Manager, Information Technology - GlobalX

David is Manager of Information Technology at GlobalX. With over 15 years’ experience in the Telecommunications sector, David has held numerous roles including in Development, Business Analysis, Project Management and IT Management. With a degree in Computer Science graduating with honours from the University of Sussex, David has been instrumented at numerous companies including Optus, Telstra and British Telecom.

Can provide expert commentary on:

Information Security, Australian Software Development, Agile Methodology, Disruptive Technologies, Latest Gadgets

Lachlan McKnight

CEO
LegalVision

 

Lachlan McKnight

CEO - LegalVision

Lachlan is the CEO of LegalVision, an innovative and tech-driven law firm. LegalVision is disrupting Australia’s legal industry and transforming the way in which Australian businesses access legal services. The firm was awarded NewLaw Firm of the Year at the 2017 Australian Law Awards. Lachlan previously worked as a corporate lawyer and investment banker in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Fiona McLay

Special Counsel
Harris Freidman Lawyers

Fiona McLay

Special Counsel - Harris Freidman Laywers

Fiona McLay is an experienced litigator who acts for individuals and small to medium sized companies in a wide range of commercial litigation matters.  At Harris Freidman Lawyers she helps people resolve disputes, both in their business and personal lives, in a way that minimises the expense and disruption that those disputes can cause.   

She is excited about using technology to work more efficiently, by automating repetitive tasks and freeing up time to focus on delivering great service. 

She regularly shares useful info on LinkedIn@BreakupBusiness on Twitter or @FionaMcLayLawyer on Facebook.  

Sam Nickless

COO and Partner
Gilbert + Tobin

Sam Nickless

Partner and COO - Gilbert + Tobin 

Sam is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Gilbert + Tobin.

He is responsible for G+T’s operational functions and plays a leadership role in the development and implementation of the firm’s overall strategy. With a focus on technology and innovation, Sam drives the firm to challenge the status quo, particularly in relation to the delivery of legal services.

Sam represents the firm on the board of LegalVision, a technology-based legal start-up which is partly owned by Gilbert + Tobin.

Before joining Gilbert + Tobin in 2015, Sam worked in a number of innovation and strategy roles for corporates in mature industries facing disruption. He was Head of Property Innovations at GPT Group, steering its response to the disruptive threats to its retail and office portfolios.

Sam held executive roles at Aristocrat Leisure and National Australia Bank, where he led Strategy and Business Development and was General Manager of their Credit Cards & Personal Loans business. He was also a Partner at McKinsey & Company, working with a range of clients across financial services, retail, agribusiness and telecommunications, and with a focus on strategy and organisation.

Max Paterson

Principal and CEO
Settify

Max Paterson

Principal and CEO - Settify

Max Paterson is the CEO and Principal Lawyer at Settify. Settify uses Artificial Intelligence to provide initial assistance for family law clients, and allows them to provide their initial instructions to their lawyers online prior to the first conference. 

Since launching in February 2017, Settify has partnered with 50 family law firms around Australia and has assisted hundreds of clients with aggregate asset pools in excess of $750m. Settify received the Law Institute of Victoria’s ‘Innovation Award’ in May. 

Jonathan Roberts

Director
One Rabbit

Mary Roberts

Legal Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions
Telstra

Mary Roberts

Legal Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions - Telstra

Mary is in-house counsel and company secretary for Telstra Ventures.  She has supported Telstra Ventures on investments in technology companies based in Australia, Silicon Valley and Asia, as well as supporting Telstra on its domestic and international M&A transactions.  Mary has over 10 years’ experience as a commercial and corporate lawyer, and previously worked as a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons.

Peter Rugg

Senior Associate – Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Clayton Utz

Peter Rugg

Senior Associate - Clayton Utz

Peter is a Senior Associate in Clayton Utz's Intellectual Property and Technology Group. Peter's TMT practice spans net technologies, outsourcing and transformation projects, systems integration (including agile development), software and data licensing, intellectual property, telecommunications regulation and broader project contracting. While Peter has gained valuable expertise across various industries, his work has evolved to have a particular focus on technology applications in the financial services sector. His transaction highlights include projects relating to software-as-a-service, electronic payment systems, software and data (copyright) licensing models, telecommunications services and the commercialisation of new technologies. 

Ken Saurajen

Partner
Clayton Utz

Ken Saurajen

Partner - Clayton Utz

Ken is a partner in Clayton Utz’s Intellectual Property and Technology group with a formidable reputation for the design and structuring of some of Australia’s and the Asia Pacific region’s most difficult and unorthodox telecommunications, media and technology transactions.

Ken and his team specialise in strategic, front-end information technology contracting. Ken is renowned for his work on large scale, complex IT procurements, outsourcing and transformation projects, software licensing, electronic payment systems and telecommunications. His practice is characterised by creative and innovative contracting styles and the successful execution of high-stakes, landmark projects, often for which little-to-no prior precedent exists.

His expertise in technology applications and services extends across a broad range of industries, including retail, financial services, software, telecommunications, logistics, mining and construction, payments, superannuation, transport services and ports.

David Vaile

Executive Director
Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

David Vaile

Executive Director - Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

David is a co-convenor of the new Cyberspace Law and Policy Community in 2013. He has coordinated Centre support for ARC research projects such Unlocking IP, Interpreting Privacy Principles and Regulating Online Investing, including input into public policy processes; and presents for the Community at conferences and fora; runs intern programs; and teaches Cyberspace Law, Law in the Information Age, Managing Organisational Risk (in ASB), and Advanced Legal Research/Legal Research and Writing.

His background in law, IT and communications includes work in areas such electronic health records software (JAM Software), appellate legal research (Legal Aid NSW, teaching Advanced Legal Research and adapting it to online delivery as Legal Research and Writing), data protection (Privacy Commissioner's Office), public interest and test case litigation (Public Interest Advocacy Centre and others), co-founding the virtual community for NGO lawyers and advocates ('First Class Law' with the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and NACLC), online professional education (Access Online Cooperative Multimedia Centre/Australian Multimedia Testing Centre), and governance of IT risks. More recently David's interest in online regulation has resulted in collaboration with NSW Privacy Commissioner's Office, Judicial College of Victoria, and the Licensing Executives Society of Australia, as well as a range of consumer and non-government bodies. The network security domain has seen work with international and domestic policing and law enforcement, and IT security and infrastructure firms.

His research interests include e-security and IT risk management, personal safety online, digital content regulation, privacy and data protection, communications confidentiality and personal information security, jurisdictional issues, copyright and digital IP, e-health records, and user-centred design.

Justin Whealing

Partner – Legal Services Manager
Eaton Capital Partners

Dominic Woolrych

CEO
LawPath

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