The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers programme is shining a spotlight on the Australian legal market as part of its Asia-Pacific report for 2018. Some of the legal innovations emerging from Australia are world class. The FT and RSG Consulting, its research partner, will use their independent platform as objective commentators to host a meeting of top Australian and international law firms, corporate law departments, educational institutions and alternative legal service providers in a one-day forum in Sydney.
The event will include workshops organised in conjunction with a team from IDEO, the San Francisco-based global design and innovation firm. Design thinking is being rapidly adopted by law firms and corporate law departments worldwide. With its emphasis on human-centred design, it is a powerful process to encourage different thinking.
We want to invigorate the conversation between private practice, in-house and alternative legal service providers. Our goal is to explore how these three legal communities can collaborate better to solve issues faced by the global profession. We hope the result of bringing clients and their lawyers together in these unusual workshops will stimulate new conversations and ideas. The FT and RSG Consulting will capture the ideas developed in the workshops to share more broadly.
In two interactive panels, the day will also investigate how legal leaders can give their lawyers purpose and the new business models and management approaches that are helping to change the way lawyers think and provide services to their clients.