Terri Mottershead

Terri Mottershead

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 of law firms, legal associations, law schools, and lawyers, supporting their transition to, and building a pipeline of exceptional talent for, new law. She has been a thought leader and innovator in legal strategic talent management and development for more than 20 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, 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 specialists and law firms in identifying, developing and transitioning their capabilities and practices to the “new normal” legal services 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, and as President and Executive Committee member of the Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia.

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.