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What’s Next for the Legal Industry? How Legal Operations is Shaping all our Futures

Presented by:

Mary O’Carroll, Director of Legal Operations at Google, President of CLOC

Today’s legal department leaders are charged with creating a legal service delivery strategy for their organisations that not only provides top-quality, timely legal services, but does so in a way that maximises value. To achieve this, leaders have a dizzying array of options to choose from as a result of globalisation, disaggregation of legal services, new market entrants, new technology capabilities, and of course, the rise of Legal Operations. In this opening session, we’ll explore some of the changes taking place, how it’s affecting the in-house world and their clients, the impact for law firms and what it means for our future.

Is COVID-19 the opportunity for wider legal transformation?

Moderated by:

Erin Ebborn, Director & Principal Lawyer, Portia

Panellists:
Emma PriestSpecialist Criminal Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
Hayley Cassidy, Chief General Counsel, Bank of New Zealand
Hayden WilsonChair & Partner, Dentons Kensington Swan
Louise TaylorSpecial Counsel, Russell McVeagh

COVID-19 demonstrated that we can adapt quickly when we have to, as the legal industry hurdled conventional barriers to change in order to continue operations during the pandemic. Hear about the journeys of leading legal professionals from across the profession as they (and their organisations) adopted new ways of working and found opportunity amid the chaos. They will share the key lessons learned along the way and their views on whether the pandemic is a critical stepping-stone to the wider transformation of legal services, or will we revert back to how many have worked for years?

Your Potential in the Digital Economy: How Technology offers the opportunity of personal reinvention

Presented by:

Sara Cole StrattonAdvisor, Tech Futures Lab
Taurean ButlerDirector of Corporate Innovation, Tech Futures Lab

Innovation isn’t only the giant disruptions you read about in newspapers: neuralinks, robotics, or automated vehicles. Often innovation starts with a single agitator creating a niche in a small market. Netflix went from mail-order DVD’s to a streaming giant. Amazon went from online books to revolutionizing e-commerce. But this talk isn’t about technology businesses, it’s about harnessing people and technology. We’ll explore how engaging with new technologies offers us all the opportunity to become agitators, to innovate ourselves, and define our potential in the evolving digital economy.

Beyond Innovation Theatre – The Reality of Tech Adoption

Moderated by:

Gene TurnerManaging Director, LawHawk

Panellists:
Tila Hoffman, Special Counsel & Business Transformation Manager, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Lindie Walsh,
Consultant, Efficient Practice
Sam Kidd,
CEO, LawVu

This panel of legal+tech experts will provide practical insights on how to successfully leverage technology to transform your business processes and practices.  Using real examples, they will discuss both the opportunities and the challenges to changing the way you deliver legal services, sharing what they have done, the ‘hits’ and ‘misses’ along the way, what they are doing now, and what comes next.

Is technology creating a new level in that uneven playing field?

Presented by:

Sarah Peterson, iCourts
Jessica Kwon, iCourts

No matter the size of your practice or the size of your technology stack; a new generation of tech and delivery models is altering the eDiscovery landscape permanently. Learn how in this not to miss session.

How to achieve success from simplicity

Presented by:

Jeremy Sutton, Senior Family Lawyer, Bastion Chambers

In this highly practical session, Jeremy will explain how he utilises technology to make work less repetitive for lawyers and more user friendly for clients and canvas the various ways he has achieved success by stripping things back to basics. He’ll highlight some of the most useful tech tools he uses and explain how to use them effectively. Discover how adopting Jeremy’s ‘simple is best’ philosophy will help you streamline your work and your practice, while maintaining (or even improving) the quality of work. You’ll also learn how to identify areas that need improvement and practical strategies to implement change.

How to achieve success from simplicity

Presented by:

Jarrod Coburn, CEO, Portia

It’s been 15 years since the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act introduced the 21st Century to the profession of law. Is it time for a change? Get a sneak preview of the Law Practitioners Act 2025 – a full four years before it is even written – and see what the future might hold for law in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In-house Innovation Stories from the Coal Face

Moderated by:

Helen MackayDirectorJuno Legal

Panellists:
Julian BenefieldAssociate General Counsel, Foodstuffs
Rebecca RobertshaweDirector, EIS Legal at Education Infrastructure Service
Melissa AnastasiouGeneral Counsel, Spark New Zealand

Three leading in-house lawyers share their personal innovation war stories, outlining the key strategies, tactics and tools they have adopted to drive change in their departments and organisations. Discover what worked (and what didn’t) plus the challenges they overcame along the way. You are guaranteed to find something you can take away and implement in your own team!. The session concludes with a Q & A with each speaker, led by Helen Mackay.

A Duty to Care: Creating Sustainable Mental Wellbeing in the Legal Profession

Presented by:

Grant Pritchard, Senior In-House Lawyer, Spark New Zealand | President, ILANZ 

The pandemic reinforced the importance of workplace mental health. Grant will share his experience in this critical field offering practical ideas and strategies to improve wellbeing for individual lawyers, teams and firms, including the Umbrella model and the role of technology in supporting better mental health. This session will provide learning, interaction and structured reflection time in a safe supportive format.

A view from the Trenches

Presented by:

Nick Whitehouse, General Manager, Onit AI Center of Excellence

In this dynamic talk, Nick will discuss the journey from idea to successful LegalTech exit, what he learnt from four years of deep R&D and experimentation with some of the largest players in the LegalTech world, all while pulling back the curtain on the threats, the hype, and the practical things you can do to get ahead.

Innovation and adaptability

Presented by:

Gus BalbontinEntrepreneur

In his compelling keynote session, Gus shares the simple yet powerful lessons he has gleaned from two decades of market disruption in Media. The scale of transformative change that newspapers, books, magazines, TV, music have experienced since the late 90s had not been seen since the industrial revolution. Today, every industry and every business irrespective of size, is going through a similar level of disruption.  Gus will candidly bare his battlescars, and share the tricks and tools you need to transform yourself and your business.

The Wrap & What’s Next?

Moderated by:

Erin Ebborn, Director & Principal Lawyer, Portia

Panellists:
Nick WhitehouseGeneral Manager, Onit AI Center of Excellence
Maria SopoagaSolicitor, Auckland Council
Jarrod CoburnCEOPortia
Helen MackayDirectorJuno Legal

As the finale of an action-packed day of practical insights from legal thought leaders, technologists and innovators, we look ahead to envision the future of law. The panel will discuss what the future holds for the profession and the delivery of legal services. They will explore what is possible with new opportunities to innovate through people, process and technology, both for today and the future. The discussion will inspire you to apply new thinking to your role and organisation, to help you adapt and thrive in a continuously changing market.

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We’re All Talking Heads Now

Presented by:

Dan Hauck, Chief Product Officer, NetDocuments

With almost every meeting now a web conference and every idea committed to keyboard, how do we bring context and order to these electronic discussions? How can professionals not just work but thrive in this environment?

Creating an Innovation Culture

Presented by:

Caryn Sandler, Partner & Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer, Gilbert + Tobin

The creation of an environment in which innovation can flourish requires deliberate action by law firm and in-house leaders. In this presentation, Caryn draws on her extensive experience to explore the challenges and opportunities that you might encounter when embarking on an innovation journey and shares useful frameworks through which new ideas and opportunities can be welcomed and tested. She will also provide practical tips to enable the successful delivery of your innovation initiatives.

Opportunity for the Courts

Presented by:

Mike Heron, QC

COVID-19 forced the Courts to adopt new ways of working. One of New Zealand’s leading lawyers, Mike Heron QC, explores how this presents an opportunity the Courts must continue to embrace as they look to capitalise on this experience and ultimately deliver more accessible justice to everyone.

Panel: Embracing and Driving Change

Moderated by:

Warrick McLean, CEO & Principal, Coleman Greig Lawyers

To enable innovation, we need to create an environment where all legal professionals can thrive and where change is the new normal. In this panel we have assembled legal professionals with diverse hands-on experience in preparing their organisations for the future. From changing culture to changing legislation, our panellists will share their hard-earned insights to help you drive innovation and change!

Panelist: Hon Andrew Little, Minister of Justice & Minister for Courts | Helen Mackay, Director, Juno Legal  |  Erin Ebborn, Director & Principal Lawyer, Portia |  Maria Sopoaga, Solicitor, Auckland Council

The Why

Presented by:

Greg Dickason, Managing Director, LexisNexis Pacific

Culture is core of innovation. Coupled with agile technology and utilising big data and cloud trends firms need to keep up the reinvention. During this Tech Talk, Greg will cover how cultural changes are being rolled out at LexisNexis as well as present some examples of how innovation is shaping the future of practice. You can also get involved through LexisNexis’s Innovation Panel.

Leading a Cyber Resilience Culture for Law Firms

Presented by:

Jeff Herbert, Director of Cyber Resilience, Cybercraft

In this session, Jeff will discuss the need for law firms to develop a cyber risk management programme and the practical challenges that firms face with information security in the changing post-C19 digital world.

Jeff is fractional Chief Information Security Officer for two of New Zealand’s leading law firms.

Remote Verification, Security and User Experience

Presented by:

Russell Smith, CEO, APLYiD

Join Russell Smith, the CEO of APLYiD, to hear about the benefits and risks of using technology for client on-boarding.
  • Why are more firms starting to use remote verification methods?
  • Is it safe to email personal documents?
  • What sort of experience will your clients appreciate, and how will this attract them to your firm over others?

Your competitive edge is right under your nose

Presented by:

David Hepburn, President, Actionstep

Process-driven, data-driven firms and self-sufficient lawyers are the future. How do firms turn the lessons they have learned from COVID-19 into a competitive advantage? Join David Hepburn as he explores 3 important topics in law firms today

The Opportunities for In-house Professionals

Moderated by:

Helen Mackay, Director, Juno Legal

In this session three leading in-house lawyers share stories about how they embraced change during the pandemic. Discover how they have adapted and the opportunities they envisage going forward, including their evolving expectations for law firms. The session concludes with an interactive Q&A, led by Helen Mackay. You are guaranteed to find something you can take away and implement in your own team!
Panelist: Tom Lane, General Counsel & Company Secretary – Pacific, Coca Cola Amatil | Katie Bhreatnach, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Airways New Zealand | Sabina Bickelmann, General Counsel, Icebreaker

Embracing and Leading Change

Moderated by:
Warrick McLean, CEO & Principal, Coleman Greig Lawyers
Three highly-respected law firm leaders share their stories about how their firm responded to the rapidly changing and uncertain environment presented by the pandemic. Learn how their investment in innovation and change provided them with an agile platform to support the evolving needs of their business and clients. Hear their views on the opportunities they see emerging from COVID-19 then ask them questions in the interactive Q&A, led by Warrick McLean.
Panelist: Jo Avenell, CEO, Russell McVeagh | Jon Calder, CEO, Tompkins Wake | Jarrod Coburn, CEO, Portia

The Wrap

Presented by:
Warrick McLean, CEO & Principal, Coleman Greig Lawyers

Panelist: Andrew King, Director, Legal Innovate Group

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Innovation in a disruptive world

Presented by:

Sir Ray Avery, Founder & CEO, Medicine Mondiale

Sir Ray talks about the laws of innovation and how societal changes impact on the adoption of technologies. Delegates will learn personal and corporate innovation skills and how to build unassailable winning teams, and learn how highly personalized utility marketing and branding will disrupt traditional business practices.

What is the blockchain/smart contracts and why lawyers should care

Presented by:

Mark Pascall, Co-founder, BlockchainLabs.NZ

The blockchain and smart contracts have the potential to redefine how we do business in a new decentralised global village. The presentation covers:
  • What is the blockchain and smart contracts?
  • Why should lawyers care?
  • What does the law firm of the future look like?

Practical use of Artificial Intelligence for Lawyers

Presented by:

Julian Uebergang, Managing Director (Asia Pacific), Neota Logic

Julian speaks on the relevance of artificial intelligence to the legal profession in a digital world. He outlines practical steps lawyers can take today to stay relevant such as embracing new business models and transforming current business practices through new technologies, including AI.

Thinking Differently: MinterEllisonRuddWatt’s innovation journey with McCarthy Finch

Presented by:

Jean Yang, Legaltech Counsel / Legal Services Manager, McCarthyFinch

MinterEllisonRuddWatts made headlines when they entered a joint venture to build legal AI company, McCarthy Finch. Jane and Jean will share their insights from working closely with McCarthy Finch since its launch.
Panelist: Jane Parker, Partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Disrupting the law: Myadvice.Legal and what’s next?

Presented by:

Mai Chen, Managing Partner, Chen Palmer

Mai Chen discusses what clients expect of lawyers and AI, and how lawyers have to change the way they work with changes to billing and to the pyramid of lawyers. She’ll also talk about blending/merging lawyer judgement with the doubling of computational power every two years. Delegates will learn:
  • How is law different to other services, and how is it the same?
  • Implications for specialisation, and a more holistic definition of what it means to add value as a lawyer.
  • Implications for law students and fresh law graduates.

The Weakest Link: Hacking the Human

Presented by:

Craig Columbus, CIO, Russell McVeagh

The term “cyber security” brings to mind hackers and sophisticated technology, but the weakest link in the security chain is often on the payroll. Learn practical ways to raise security awareness amongst staff and better protect your firm’s sensitive information.

GDPR: The Missing Piece

Presented by:

Liz Scott-Wilson, Director NZ, Metataxis NZ

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is effective globally as of the 25th May 2018. Join Liz Scott-Wilson profile Information Governance and file analysis’s role in securing GDPR compliance and enhancing the management of your organisation’s content. Plus hear the case study of a global Life Sciences organisations journey to address and accelerate their GDPR compliance and digital transformation.

Q&A Panel

Moderated by:

Warrick McLean, Chief Executive Officer, Coleman Greig

An expert panel discussing legal innovation and technology, exploring the changes, challenges and opportunities ahead for the legal profession. The panellists will provide the key learnings from their respective legal innovation workshops.

Panelist: Stephen Mullins, General Manager, New Zealand Lexvoco | Lloyd Gallagher, Partner, Gallagher & CO Consultants | Caroline Ferguson, Business Transformation Manager, Simpson Grierson | Terri Mottershead, Director, Centre for Legal Innovation

The LawFest Great Debate

Adjudicated by:

Judge David Harvey, Director, NZ Centre for ICT Law

Moot: “That technology has rendered law degrees obsolete”

Negating Team: Graham Kohler QC (lead) + Callum Lo (University of Auckland)
Affirmative Team: Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere (lead) + Phoebe Clifford (University of Otago)
Students from Auckland and Otago University with senior Counsel to debate some meaty issues around technology and law in an entertaining and palatable manner.

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