Programme

Programme

8am

Registration Open

8.45am

9am

Innovation in a disruptive world

Sir Ray Avery – CEO, Medicine Mondiale

Sir Ray will talk 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.

9.45am

Navigating the relentless pace of change: The Uber disruption story

Richard Menzies – General Manager, Uber New Zealand

Uber NZ General Manager Richard Menzies will provide the Uber story of disruption and the importance for other industries like law to be aware of how it may be disrupted.

Uber first hit New Zealand’s shores in 2014 with a small team in Auckland serving a handful of riders and drivers in Auckland. Three years on, the app now serves more than 300,000 Kiwi riders and some 5,000 drivers across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In this talk, Richard will talk about the journey from fledgling start-up to mainstay of city life, and give a sneak peek into plans for the future.

The themes explored will help inspire you to think about how legal services are delivered to your clients.

10am

Tech Talk

10.10am

Meet the Exhibitors

10.30am

Morning Tea

11am

Thinking Differently: MinterEllisonRuddWatt’s innovation journey with McCarthy Finch

Jane Parker & Jean Yang, Minter Ellison and McCarthy Finch

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.

This session will provide an interesting case study on:

  • The business considerations of why MinterEllisonRuddWatts went down this path, and winning “buy-in” from the partnership
  • How a large NZ law firm is getting ahead of technological disruption
  • The opportunities AI technology offers the legal profession
  • Working in AI as a lawyer

11.30am

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

Mai Chen – Managing Partner, Chen Palmer

Mai Chen will discuss 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 speak 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.

11.45am

Tech Talk

12pm

The Weakest Link: Hacking the Human

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.

12.30pm

Lunch

2pm

Working Sessions

In-house Innovation

Stephen Mullins & Sarah Taylor – lexvoco

This interactive workshop, facilitated by lexvoco, will equip you with practical ideas and tools to help you innovate your in-house legal operations.  The workshop will focus on bringing a continuous improvement mindset to your work, and will examine:

  • how to ensure that what Legal does is strategically aligned with the organisation,
  • how to analyse and re-design Legal processes to make them work better, and
  • how to shift Legal focus and effort to the right work, where Legal can provide the greatest value add.

People, process and technology – leading the business of law in changing times

Caroline Ferguson – Business Transformation Manager, Simpson Grierson

When you are operating in a landscape driven by changing client expectations, rapidly developing technology, shifting workforce demographics and increasingly complex compliance requirements, it can be difficult to know what to prioritise,  how to get the right expertise in place and how to build meaningful and sustainable momentum.  The good news is that there are tools and approaches that you can adopt to help you navigate the challenges, harness the opportunities and thrive.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for practical discussion and expert guidance around the key areas that legal teams and law firms are currently focusing on,  including:

  • Successful Change Management – how to inspire and engage all of your people so you can be fit for the future and deliver exceptional client service
  • Building a Digital Ecosystem – how to assess and implement technology that is right for you and your clients
  • Creating a Toolkit for AML/CFT – processes and best practice for ensuring you are all set for July 2018

The workshop will involve market-leading experts from each of the areas listed above and be facilitated by Caroline Ferguson, Business Transformation Manager at Simpson Grierson.

Panel: Joanna Lim & Richard Greenaway

Is Disruptive Legal Practice the New Normal?

Terri Mottershead – Director for the Centre of Legal Innovation 

The legal industry has changed. It’s a paradigm shift, not a gentle nudge. How we describe a law firm, what lawyers do, what legal specialisms are emerging and who or what provides legal information or advice, is transforming the way clients interact with the law. In this session, Terri Mottershead will explore with our expert panellists, what disruption means for the future of the legal industry, how legal practices can create an agile workforce, and what all legal professionals can do right now to future proof their practices.

Panel: Claudia King, Thomas Bloy, Mai Chen, Steven Moe

Technology for law, ADR, and practice

Lloyd Gallagher – Partner at Gallagher & CO Consultants

Information technology provides opportunities to facilitate communication and so assist in prevention and management of disputes. However, Technological change is not a smooth and continuous process and each new technology creates new types of disputes. Technology also changes many aspects of social interaction, which in turn creates disputes that can span continents, affecting the way disputes are handled.  

Where disputes arise between parties across continents, information technology can provide tools to parties to complement, or substitute traditional face to face interventions and increase access to justice as well as opportunities for new forms of dispute resolution, as well as better practice management.

This workshop will discuss emergent technologies that assist the courts, as well as dispute resolution. From online courts, to applying technology, the panel will discuss emerging technologies that benefit practitioners as well as the legal process.

Speakers include, Retired Judge Dr David Harvey, Laura O’Gorman LLM. BCom., Josh McBride LLB. (Hons) BA. and is facilitated by Lloyd Gallagher LLB. MMS (Hons). Its aim is to provide a panel to discuss your questions, and develop awareness of the new technology landscape available in dispute resolution and practice.

3.30pm

Afternoon Tea

4pm

4.40pm

The Annual LawFest Debate

Adjudicator: Judge David Harvey – Director, Centre for ICT Law

Join New Zealand’s leading legal technology Judge David Harvey as he adjudicates The Annual LawFest Debate.

Students from two leading New Zealand universities will each be joined by a leading QC to debate some of the meatier issues around technology and law in an entertaining and palatable manner.

Properly convened, fully prepared and disingenuously witty, the LawFest Debate promises to inform, entertain and confound audience members and debaters alike.

5.25pm

Closing

5.30pm

Networking Drinks