Thursday, 2 November 2017


These sessions are exclusive to Conference Pass holders.


These sessions are available to all ticket holders.

8:15am – 8:45am

Main conference registration opens

8:45am – 9:00am

Welcome & opening remarks from the Chairman

Philip Argy – CEO,

9:00am – 10:00am

Rise of the machines: How will AI change the face of law?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are rapidly changing the face of many industries. Just how influential will it be in the legal profession, and what issues could arise from AI implementation?

  • Should lawyers ever allow AI to make decisions on their behalf?
  • Does AI risk client confidentiality?
  • Will AI be able to predict the outcomes of court cases, and what implications will this have?
  • Is AI fair, and can its algorithms be manipulated to be biased?

Cameron Abbott – Partner, K&L Gates

Jim Bulling – Partner, K&L Gates

9:45am – 10:15am

Tech talks registration opens

10:00am – 11:00am

Blockchain: What lies after the hype?

Will the disruptive potential of blockchain be the next ‘internet moment’, or is the technology being over-hyped? Explore the true capabilities of blockchain, and look beyond the hysteria:

  • What is blockchain? Exploring the distributed ledger system
  • Can an ‘indelible record’ really be achieved?
  • What does blockchain actually enable us to do, and is it really the panacea it’s made out to be?
  • Which practice areas are most suitable to blockchain solutions?
  • What are the challenges for blockchain in a legal context?

Ken Saurajen – Partner, Clayton Utz

Peter Rugg – Senior Associate – Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Clayton Utz

10:15am – 10:20am

Opening remarks from the Tech Talk Chair

Tomoyuki Hachigo – Co-founder, sprintlaw


10:20am – 10:40am

Tech Talk 1: Leveraging technology for strategic firm growth

Law firms embracing technological disruption are poised to be strong market leaders. What strategies are best used to leverage technology for commercial advantage?

  • What will the legal industry look like in the future?
  • How will automation disrupt the client-lawyer relationship?
  • How can you ensure firm wide growth when facing technological disruption?
  • Leadership strategies to embrace innovation

Nicholas Carr – Managing Director, Boab IT


10:40am – 11:00am

Tech Talk 2: Automated marketing systems in law firms – cutting through the BS

While many law firms have adopted some form of automation technology into their marketing tool kit, few are able to harness any real benefit to justify the cost. With a new approach, automated marketing can deliver law firms a significant strategic advantage, but you need to be prepared to embrace a new style of marketing.

  • What is marketing automation, and what it is not?
  • What is the opportunity created by automation, and the steps to harness it?
  • How to start small – get 90% of the benefits of the big automation systems for 10% of the cost

Jonathan Roberts – Director, One Rabbit



Morning refreshment break

11:30am – 12:15pm

Smart contracts: Is Ethereum going to change the world?

Will an early understanding of smart contracts give law firms a significant competitive edge? Explore smart contract technology, and analyse the arguments it presents:

  • How do smart contracts work, and are they legally enforceable?
  • Can smart contracts manage rescission if they are an ‘unstoppable force’?
  • Smart contract security: Is client confidentiality compromised, and can they be hacked?
  • What happens if auto-enforcement fails?
  • Will smart contracts revolutionise the dispute process?

Annabel Griffin – Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

11:30am – 12:00pm

Tech Talk 3: Insider threats: A pre-emptive approach to protecting sensitive data

There’s a spy amongst us: not words you want uttered in your board room. Employees gone rogue are an increasing threat to the corporate world. Identify red-flag behavioural changes, and find out what measures can be taken to protect client-sensitive data from within.

  • What red-flag behaviours do employees typically display before committing acts of espionage?
  • The chain of espionage: Explore the sequence of deceit from intent to sabotage
  • Protect technology assets from those who use them
  • What internal controls should be in place to minimise the risk of insider threats?
  • Can behavioural intelligence technology identify insider risks?

Julian Claxton – Managing Director, Jayde Consulting


12:05pm – 12:25pm

Tech Talk 4: Technological trends in the legal profession

The Australian legal profession is undergoing rapid change, with a tidal wave of innovation washing through the legal market. Find out which trends are affecting lawyers and what professional bodies are doing to rise to the challenge.

  • Which new trends and technologies are impacting the legal profession?
  • What can you do to leverage the benefits of digital technology to stay relevant?
  • Reasons why should you embrace and invest in new technologies

David Hobley – Manager, Information Technology, GlobalX


12:15pm – 1:00pm

Corporate venture capital: Making the right investment choices for your firm

Making informed investment decisions is business critical. Fail to innovate and you could fail to survive – make the wrong choice, and it could have far-reaching repercussions. How should you assess new technology opportunities?

  • Hedging risk: Will investment in innovation now give you significant competitive edge in the future, or could it put your brand at risk?
  • How do you assess which legal technologies will add significant commercial value, and which will choke up efficiency?
  • How do you assess which legal technologies will add significant commercial value, and which will choke up efficiency?

Mary Roberts – Legal Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions, Telstra

12:30pm – 12:50pm

Tech Talk 5: Artificial intelligence and clients: A new way of working

Intelligent client-facing technology is increasingly being used by the legal profession to attract and retain clients. How does it work in practice and what are the traps to avoid?

  • How do interactive AI systems work?
  • Why should you bring technology out of the back-office?
  • What are the common traps of client-facing technology, and how can you avoid them?
  • Redesign your thinking to meet your clients where they are

Max Paterson – Principal and CEO, Settify


Networking lunch

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Q+A: The collaboration between LegalVision and Gilbert + Tobin

Hear the coal-face story of this high-profile legal tech collaboration – get the inside scoop on the challenges and achievements they faced on the road to success, and have your questions about tech collaboration answered.

Lachlan McKnight – CEO, LegalVision

Sam Nickless – COO and Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

2:00pm – 2:20pm

Tech Talk 6: Cost-effective tech solutions for firms

Law firms that embrace innovative technology that integrates with practice management software and offsets the cost of managing files into a legitimate disbursement are guaranteed to reduce an overhead expense by 35% or more.

  • What you can do to stop eroding your bottom line
  • Automate your workflows and turn non-billable hours into billable hours
  • How to capture copy and print costs and convert expenses into revenue
  • The hidden costs of managing, storing and processing files in-house
  • Become a ‘paper-less’ practice but still preserve all paper files

Fiona McLay – Special Counsel, Harris Freidman Lawyers

2:25pm – 2:45pm

Tech Talk 7: Improving process and efficiencies with technology

Learn from one of Australia’s most innovative companies about how your firm can stay agile and drive innovation in the digital age. Innovation is no longer just a buzzword in the legal industry; find out what actions your firm can take to make innovation a priority.

  • What does innovation look like for the modern firm?
  • How can technology enhance your innovation process?
  • How can you ingrain innovation into your culture?
  • What tools are available today to help you get started?

Scott Dunphy-Brown – Sales Program Manager, InfoTrack


2:30pm – 3:15pm

Critical data protection strategies and cybersecurity risks

With no tangible lock and key, the storage of privileged documents and client data in a digital system can come with understandable concerns. How can digital assets be secured, and what should be done in the event of a hack?

  • How can you leverage the benefits of cloud storage without risking confidentiality compliance under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)?
  • Cyber espionage and hacking risks: How extreme are they, and are the right defences in place to protect your data?
  • How to respond to a hack: Immediate strategies to survive data breaches and ransomware attacks

David Vaile – Executive Director, Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

2:50pm – 3:10pm

Tech Talk 8: The digital age – A new way to find and brief barristers

With over 80 barrister chambers in Sydney it can be quite difficult and time consuming to find a barrister for a matter. Instead of ringing around chambers, a faster more efficient system is now possible using a world-first online digital solution. Explore:

  • Best practices for the briefing process
  • How this service utilises the consolidation of the barrister clerks knowledge and expertise as the trusted advisor to put forward the most appropriate counsel for your matter
  • The process: Engaging counsel, uploading and sharing briefs online

Stephen Foley – Founder/Managing Director, CEO, TA Law


Afternoon refreshment break

3:45pm – 4:45pm

PANEL: Positive change leadership through technological transformation

The Magna Carta was the first legal disrupter, and the law has evolved continually ever since. Correctly managed, disruptive change can foster progress and innovation, but how do you sensitively sway the heel-diggers in order to future-proof your firm?

  • Which change management approaches work, and which are destined for failure?
  • Strategies to develop an innovative company culture
  • How to get firm-wide buy in and empower colleagues to embrace change
  • How to measure success throughout the change process


Andrew Cunningham – Partner, Consulting Soultions and Innovation Leader, MinterEllison

Danny Gilbert – Co-founder and Managing Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

Jarred Hardman – CEO and Founder, Crowd & Co.

Dominic Woolrych – CEO, LawPath


Justin Whealing – Partner – Legal Services Manager, Eaton Capital Partners


Conference concludes