Wednesday, 31 October 2018


These sessions are exclusive to Conference Pass holders.

8:30am – 9:00am

Main conference registration opens

9:00am – 9:15am

Opening remarks: Embracing the fourth industrial revolution: Where will technology take us?

Lyria Bennett Moses – Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney; Director, Allens Hub for Technology Law & Innovation

9:15am – 10:15am

PANEL: Leveraging technology to improve your customer experience

If there’s one profession experiencing rapid exponential change, law has to be it. How can you leverage new technology to improve your service offering?:

  • What types of process can you automate without impacting your customer experience?
  • Is law as we know it going to irreversibly change, and is this something to fear? Use your expert knowledge to disrupt the system
  • Do clients expect innovation from their legal teams? If you do not innovate, can you realistically compete?


Karan Mehta – Applied Legal Technology Manager, Allens

Shaun Temby – Partner, Maddocks

Kim Trajer – Chief Operating Officer, McCullough Robertson


Lyria Bennett Moses – Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney; Director, Allens Hub for Technology Law & Innovation


Morning refreshment break

10:45am – 11:30am

The ever evolving world of blockchain

As global companies begin to embrace blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrency, lawyers must ensure they are up to date with the latest development:

  • Explore real life use cases of blockchain and smart contracts
  • How will law firms be leveraging blockchain and smart contract technology over the next five years?
  • Is blockchain cryptography reliable and secure, and how vulnerable is it to hacking?
  • Do smart contracts have questionable legal status? If they are unstoppable, what happens if a smart contract becomes void?
  • How do you determine liability when a smart contract dispute arises?

Michael Bacina – Partner, Piper Alderman

11:30am – 12:00pm

Case study – Fuse: an innovation and collaboration space for legal, deal & reg tech

In September 2017, Allen & Overy launched Fuse to provide a venue for tech companies, Allen & Overy lawyers, technologists and clients to collaborate, develop and test legal regulatory and deal-related solutions. To date, thirteen tech companies have participated in Fuse. This case study will present how Fuse has been instrumental in:

  • Creating a “tech radar” to help educate about tech-enabled solutions for legal, transactional and regulatory challenges faced by firms and clients
  • Fostering engagement with technology among lawyers and clients – crystallising ideas that may already exist and prompting responses to the opportunities that technology presents

Jonathan Brayne – Partner, Allen & Overy

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Leading law firms through disruptive change

Disruptive change is inevitable, and must be correctly managed to ensure a smooth transition to new ways of working. What are the tried and tested methods of effective change management?

  • Tried and tested change management strategies that actually work
  • How do you foster innovation amongst traditionalists?
  • Make a good business case: The art of internal sales
  • Overcome change fatigue and empower peers to embrace transformation

Campbell Fisher – Managing Partner, FCB Group


Networking lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Live hack: Daniel Weis, international hacking expert

As one of the world’s first Certified Ethical Hackers, Dan Weis break into corporate and government networks for a living. In a live demonstration, Weiss will show you how corporate systems are hacked and share insight into the common weaknesses of law firm networks.

Daniel Weis – Lead Penetration Tester & Security Specialist, Kiandra IT

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Privacy and cybersecurity for law firms

Privacy breaches can have catastrophic implications for law firms. With risks and regulations relating to cyber threats increasing, data security is becoming critically important for all businesses, including law firms. This high level presentation will provide you with an overview of recent developments in privacy law and risk management for law firms.

  • Privacy and data compliance obligations relating to the personal information and sensitive client data
  • Emerging cyber security risks for professional services firms, including law firms
  • Recent case studies relating to cyber hacks – what can we learn from other firm’s mistakes?
  • How to improve the security of your IT infrastructure to protect your firm from hacking
  • Strategies for keeping the data of your clients secure and confidential

Patrick Fair – Partner, Baker McKenzie


Afternoon refreshment break

3:45pm – 4:30pm

CASE STUDY: Use of artificial intelligence at Gilbert + Tobin law firm

Innovative law firms are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and automating increasing amounts of ‘traditional’ legal work. In this case study, you will hear how Gilbert + Tobin uses AI and automation to reduce labour-intensive tasks without sacrificing the level of service to their clients.

  • Using technology assisted review (TAR) for ligitation and investigations
  • Artificial intelligence in contract analysis – pros and cons
  • How ‘smart’ is smart document generation and knowledge management?
  • Does AI really allow lawyers to focus their skills on higher-value work?
  • Embracing AI without sacrificing quality or customer experience
  • Crunching the numbers: cost of technology investment versus time savings

Caryn Sandler – Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, Gilbert + Tobin


Networking drinks & Tech den


Conference concludes