Anna Collyer

Head of Innovation and Partner
Allens

Anna Collyer

Head of Innovation and Partner
Allens

Anna has been a partner of Allens law firm for 18 years and is currently Allens' Head of Innovation and a member of the firm's executive committee.

Anna's  practice has focused on the energy sector throughout its evolution from the initial reforms in the 1990s to its current period of major transformation. She has been intimately involved in policy and reform work acting for Government and key market institutions, as well as advising industry participants and major users on significant transactions and projects.

In her role as Head of Innovation, Anna leads a multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively to create solutions to meet our clients' business challenges. This includes digital transformation of the delivery of legal services as well as ways of working and exploring disruption facing our clients' industries as well as our own.

Tom Dreyfus

Co-Founder and CEO
Josef

Tom Dreyfus

Co-Founder and CEO
Josef

Tom is a co-founder and CEO of Josef, a platform that empowers lawyers to build end-to-end automated legal services. Tom appears regularly as a speaker on legal technology, innovation and the changing nature of legal practice. He holds an LLM ('18) from Columbia Law School where he focussed his studies on legal data analytics. Tom graduated from Melbourne Law School (BA (Hons), LLB (Hons)) in 2012. He began his career as a litigator at Arnold Bloch Leibler in Australia, where he acted for private equity firms and multinational corporations in high profile commercial disputes. He served as an associate to the Hon. Justice Patrick Keane AC of the High Court of Australia before returning to Melbourne Law School to teach.

Vered Keisar

Vice President and General Counsel
ResMed

Vered Keisar

Vice President and General Counsel
ResMed

Vered is Vice President and General Counsel at ResMed for Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Vered’s team won Legal Team of the Year in 2016 by the Association of Corporate Counsel (previously ACLA).

ResMed is a tech medical device manufacturer and a global leader in connected care, with more than 4 million patients remotely monitored every day. ResMed’s key products include portable life support ventilators and devices for the treatment of sleep disorders. ResMed is an ASX top 30 company and is also listed on the New York stock exchange.

Prior to joining ResMed, Vered worked in top tier law firms in Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel and Japan.

Vered is qualified to practice law in Australia, England & Wales and Israel and holds a Master of Business Administration.

Vered is an elected member of the executive committee of the ACC NSW division and heads the Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee.

Vered is an ambassador and regular speaker for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Jorden Lam

General Counsel and General Manager Corporate Affairs
Hesta

Jorden Lam

General Counsel and General Manager Corporate Affairs
Hesta

Jorden is a senior leader passionate about challenging the role lawyers play in the evolving business world. She established and now leads the strategic management of legal and commercial affairs at HESTA, a superannuation fund with over $50bn in funds under management, consults to financial services start-ups on their management of regulatory risks, and holds non-executive directorships with several major health service providers. She has received numerous industry accolades and awards in recognition of her expertise and achievements. 

Nathan Lanthois

Chief Legal and Commercial Officer
Transdev Australasia

Nathan Lanthois

Chief Legal and Commercial Officer
Transdev Australasia

Nathan is currently Chief Legal & Commercial Officer with Transdev Australasia. Transdev is a leading multi-modal public transport company delivering over 145 million passenger journeys every year with over 5,700 employees. Nathan is an Executive Director of Transdev and is leading a business transformation program to assist the business to manage disruption in the transport industry including the growth of autonomous vehicles, on-demand transport, and data management.

Nathan has over 17 years of legal experience in operations and maintenance and was the lead advisor on major projects including the Sydney Ferries franchise, Parramatta Light Rail, Sydney Light Rail PPP, East West Link PPP, Peninsula Link PPP, Brisbane Ferries, Citylink, M2/Lane Cove Tunnel operations and maintenance, Nauru/Manus Island Offshore Processing Contracts, and numerous Defence projects.

Helaine Leggat

Principal Lawyer
Sladen Legal

Helaine Leggat

Principal Lawyer
Sladen Legal

Helaine is one of only a handful of lawyers in the world to hold the CISSP, CISM, CIPP and CIPP/IT credentials*, in simple terms, in addition to her law credentials Helaine has earned some of the world’s most esteemed certifications in cybersecurity, privacy and information security.  Helaine has specialised at the leading edge of these disciplines since 2000 and has provided services to public and private sector organisations globally across all sectors.

Helaine’s focus is on uniquely differentiated legal services founded on a belief that cyberlaw is empowering and that it is essential to know one’s rights while meeting one’s obligations. Her understanding of the relationships between people, information, technology, global business, and cyberspace, will drive the cyberlaw practice at Sladen Legal.

She is also on the Board of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) (www.aisa.org.au). Established in 1999, AISA a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation and charity, which champions the development of a robust information security sector by building the capacity of professionals in Australia and advancing the cyber security and safety of the Australian public as well as businesses and governments in Australia. In the course of the last 2 years AISA has entered into several significant partnership, which include the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) (https://www.acsc.gov.au), AustCyber (https://www.austcyber.com/) and others. AISA also has strong working relationships with State and Federal Government, private enterprise and academia.

Cheng Lim

Partner and Global Lead – Cyber Security Initiative
King and Wood Mallesons

Cheng Lim

Partner and Global Lead - Cyber Security Initiative
King and Wood Mallesons

Cheng Lim is a Partner of leading international law firm King & Wood Mallesons, where he specialises in helping clients navigate complex legal, commercial and regulatory landscapes in telecommunications, technology and infrastructure.

Cheng has extensive experience in privacy, data breaches and data security, having advised a number leading national and international clients on these matters for more than a decade. He is the global leader of the KWM cyber security initiative and has consistently been recognised by industry surveys as one of the leading technology lawyers in his field over many years.

Melissa Lyon

Associate Principal
Hive Legal

Melissa Lyon

Associate Principal
Hive Legal

Melissa is a Business Development and Innovation specialist committed to assisting legal professionals develop and utilise client focussed business development skills.  She believes in being brave enough to do things differently, the power of purpose and finding your ‘why’, bringing empathy to the way the legal profession works (for those in the profession and those we provide services to), recognising and valuing the skills of all of those who make up the profession ... not just lawyers, and the very real benefits that true collaboration brings.

She has many years of experience in legal practice, including as a partner of a law firm.  She has also held senior business development roles, including managing BD teams and leading numerous projects and programs at a top tier legal firm.  Melissa now works with Hive Legal, an innovative NewLaw firm which has disrupted the legal profession by introducing value pricing, truly flexible work practices and technology based solutions for its clients.

Working in this innovative environment has inspired Melissa to develop a very different approach to BD and innovation programs based on a design thinking framework and the power of purpose (HiveThinkP). She was recently named as a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Legal innovation (focussing on the use of Design Thinking in the legal profession) and was also named Business Development Professional of the Year 2017 at the Australian Law Awards.

Rebecca Maplesdon

Special Counsel
Polaris Lawyers Australia

Rebecca Maplesden

Special Counsel
Polaris Lawyers Australia

Rebecca Maplesden works as Special Counsel for Polaris Lawyers, an innovative, boutique personal injury law firm based in Melbourne’s CBD.  Prior to joining Polaris, she worked at one of Australia’s largest personal injury firms and later as the principal of her own practice. Rebecca has worked across a number of different personal injury practice areas, however, her key area of expertise is workers’ compensation.  In 2017, Rebecca was accredited as a Specialist in Personal Injury Law by the Law Institute of Victoria. 

Rebecca enjoys working for a firm where she can fight for the rights of injured people without the red tape and restriction of the traditional law firm model.  Polaris Lawyers was named NewLaw Firm of the year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2018.

Lachlan McKnight

Chief Executive Officer
LegalVision

 

Lachlan McKnight

Chief Executive Officer
LegalVision

Lachlan McKnight is the CEO of LegalVision – a commercial law firm transforming the legal industry. Before founding LegalVision, Lachlan was a banking and finance lawyer at Norton Rose and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and an investment banker at Barclays Capital. After completing his MBA at INSEAD, he founded LegalVision in 2012 with the goal of transforming the legal industry in Australia. The firm is recognised by the Financial Times as the fastest growing law firm in the Asia-Pacific.

Warrick McLean

Chief Executive Officer
Coleman Greig Lawyers

 

Warrick McLean

Chief Executive Officer
Coleman Greig Lawyers

Warrick McLean is the Chief Executive Officer of Coleman Greig Lawyers. Warrick commenced with the firm in 2006 and became an equity Principal of the firm in 2007, with offices in Parramatta, Norwest and Penrith, Coleman Greig is the largest commercial law firm located outside of the Sydney CBD servicing clients in Australia’s third largest economy, Western Sydney.

Warrick works extensively with the Principal Lawyers and staff of Coleman Greig to identify, facilitate and implement the firm’s strategic direction. His background and expertise in human resource management, finance, business development and IT enable him to provide the necessary support and guidance required in positioning the firm as Western Sydney’s leading law firm.

Warrick has been an active not for profit board member for over ten years, and is a former past President of the Australian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), and a current Director for NSW Business Chambers.

In 2016 ALPMA recognised Warrick’s contribution and achievement to the organisation and presented him with Life Membership.

Terri Mottershead

Executive Director
Centre for Legal Innovation

 

Terri Mottershead

Executive Director
Centre for Legal Innovation

As the Director for the Centre of Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia) at The College of Law, Terri works internationally with leaders and managers of law firms, alternative legal service/product providers, legal associations, legal incubators and accelerators, legaltech entrepreneurs, law schools, business schools, business professionals and lawyers, supporting their contribution to the transformation of legal practice. She has been a thought leader in people centred legal practice innovation for more than 25 years.

Prior to joining the Centre, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management departments for firms and associations including Lex Mundi, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and DLA Piper LLP (US). She has also led or taught on practical legal education initiatives in law schools in Asia, Australia and the US. In 2010, Terri founded Mottershead Consulting in the US, and later expanded it to Australasia, to focus on supporting lawyers, legal business specialists and law firms in identifying, developing and transforming their capabilities and practices to a new way of delivering legal services/products to the market.

Terri has served on more than 50 boards and committees for not-for profit, for profit, legal associations and organizations including, most recently, acting as Vice-Chair and one of the founding Trusted Advisors of the Professional Development Consortium (US), as a member of the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee, as President and Executive Committee member of the Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia, as a General Committee Member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) Queensland Branch and as a member of the Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee.

Terri’s work in legal practice management globally was recently recognised with her appointment as a Fellow of the US College of Law Practice Management. Her work in legal innovation has likewise been recognised through invitations to judge legal industry awards including the Professional Development Consortium Innovation Award (US), The Legal Forecast/QUT Starters Queensland Disrupting Law Hackathon and the ALPMA/LexisNexis Innovation Thought Leadership Award.

Terri is a frequent keynote speaker at legal industry events and contributes regularly to legal industry publications on the future of legal profession, practical legal education and law firm talent management. She acted as the general editor/contributing author for The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management in Law Firms (West, 2010) and for Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms (NALP, 2016).

Terri holds a LLB (Honors) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, both from QIT; an LLM from the University of Queensland; and an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Wales. She is admitted to practice in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the High Court of Australia, England & Wales and Hong Kong.

Deepak Pillai

Director of Forensic Data Analytics
Clayton Utz

 

Deepak Pillai

Director of Forensic Data Analytics
Clayton Utz

Deepak is a highly experienced data analytics professional, with 10 years' experience providing analytical services across various sectors (including financial services, resources and government) and various domains of analytics expertise. 

Deepak specialises in technical analysis of large electronic data sets, with extensive experience in utilising advanced data capture and analytic modelling techniques.

Through the specialised use of data integration, advanced data manipulation, and analytical modelling, Deepak has identified, retrieved, and analysed clients' data, and then delivered actionable strategic insights that they can use to make informed and evidence-based decisions.

Deepak's work for major clients across Australia and North America has included: text analytics, predictive modelling, geospatial analytics, cost reduction analytics, targeted auditing, customer analytics, AML/CTF compliance, sanctions transaction system optimisation, financial loss quantification and analytical support for investigations across a range of industries.

Justine Rowe

Legal Business Partner – Enterprise
Telstra

 

Justine Rowe

Legal Business Partner - Enterprise
Telstra

Justine Rowe is General Counsel for Telstra Enterprise. Telstra Enterprise provides innovative network and application services to Telstra's largest enterprise and government customers domestically and globally.  Justine manages a large global in-house legal team, with lawyers in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York.  Justine is a leader with a personal passion to inspire and develop diverse teams to make a difference to the business and each other. Justine and her husband Mark are blessed with two school aged children.

Shaun Temby

Partner
Maddocks

 

Shaun Temby

Partner
Maddocks

Shaun is a dispute resolution and litigation partner at Maddocks. He is experienced in competition and consumer law advice and litigation, and property disputes, including retail and commercial leasing matters, and large scale commercial and contractual disputes.

As the Innovation Partner at Maddocks, Shaun is passionate about the role that legal technology can play in responding to challenges and disruption currently facing the legal sector. At Maddocks, Shaun leads our innovation strategy – MaddX - focusing on creating a culture of innovation, where we are open to new ideas and new ways of working with each other and our clients.

In 2019, Maddocks was one of the winners of the Australasian Lawyers Most Innovative firms.  In 2018 and again in 2019, Maddocks was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – Innovator of the Year, as well as the Janders Dean & LexisNexis APAC Legal Innovation Index 2018. 

Georg Thomas

National Security and Risk Manager
Corrs Chambers Westgarth

 

Georg Thomas

National Security and Risk Manager
Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Georg is a proven leader in information security, technology, governance, compliance, and risk, with expertise across many disciplines and industries in Australia, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to joining Corrs, he was with global advisory firm Grant Thornton and technology and management consulting firm Kraft Kennedy based in New York. Georg consulted to organisations on their approach to Cyber Security and risk as well as leading a team of ethical hackers testing the security controls of organisations including Fortune 500 companies and AMLAW100 law firms.

Georg is currently completing his PhD and holds a number of industry certifications including; CCISO, CISM, CISSP, GIAC GMON, MACS Snr CP (Cyber Security) and CEH. He is also a member of the Australian Computer Society Ethics Committee.

Zile Yu

Head of Innovation and Special Projects
Meridian Lawyers

 

Zile Yu

Head of Innovation and Special Projects
Meridian Lawyers

Zile is the Head of Innovation and Special Projects at Meridian Lawyers, in which he is responsible for implementing the firm’s online revenue generation strategy.

Always a disruptor and early-adopter, Zile began mining cryptocurrency as early as 2013 and built his first legal automation platform in 2016. In 2018, Zile led a team that developed a working smart contract using blockchain technologies and created a new programming language for law that unifies legal knowledge and practice.

Most recently in his role at Meridian, Zile has, in just over the course of a few months, built and deployed platforms built on SharePoint across his firm’s offices nationally and he has also advised in the development of a cost-effective solution for an online reporting platform for his firm’s property practice.

Zile is also an Associate in Meridian’s Sydney Property Team and was listed as a finalist for Real Estate and Construction in the 2018 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.

In addition to his roles at Meridian, Zile is also a lecturer at the College of Law where he lectures in technology and innovation to senior practitioners as part of the practice management course.

Outside of work, Zile is also the founder of Sydney Innovation Professionals a MeetUp group with more than 1100 members.

PARTNERS