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FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Forum & Awards Australia

Collaborating for Change: Designing the Future Legal Profession

Sydney |
Speakers include:
Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Financial Times

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

John Havens

John Havens

The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

Overview

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.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 05/31/2018 09:00:0005/31/2018 19:45:00trueFT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Forum & Awards AustraliaThe 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.FT/RSG-Innovative-Lawyers-Forum-&-Awards-Australiaa9d9db8bd8d2a4ec51bb1de0a783d8e5MM/DD/YYYY

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Agenda - 31st May

  • 9:00am
    Introduction from the Financial Times and RSG Consulting

    Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times
    Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

  • 9:05am
    Welcome Remarks

    Anthony Foley, National Managing Partner, Baker McKenzie Australia

  • 9:10am
    Keynote: Digital Empathy – Integrating Ethics into Machine Learning

    AI brings great promise to the legal profession. Machine learning can improve research at speeds no human can match and with far less error. Algorithmic decision-making for cases is done without the bias of a human judge. But the concerns regarding these technologies are just as pronounced. What happens when algorithms or the data sets they utilise are also biased? Bringing the perspective of values-driven design, John Havens will outline the methodologies engineers are utilising in the creation of AI to insert ethical principles at the forefront of all programming and manufacturing related to autonomous and intelligent systems. Drawing on examples of positive psychology, he will discuss the unique aspects human lawyers have relative to machines, and the broader implications of AI that society must address in order to assure a beneficial future. 

    John Havens, Executive Director, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

  • 10:00am
    Workshops: Design -- Collaborate -- Innovate: Old Problems, New Approach

    Morning Design Session: Introduction to Design Thinking, Design Research and Synthesis from the Legal Design + Innovation team at IDEO, a global design and innovation firm, followed by brainstorming

    This morning session will begin with an ice breaker exercise and an introduction to IDEO’s design-thinking process and its applicability to the legal profession. After a quick overview of the process, we’ll dive into two real-life design challenges where participants will apply design thinking as part of multidisciplinary legal design teams. These design challenges are: • How might clients and law firms best align interests and incentives to collaborate better together? • How might clients and law firms work together to attract, train and retain the best legal talent for a rapidly changing legal future? We’ll start with the inspiration phase, in which participants will explore relevant challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry in Australia via one-on-one interviews, roundtable discussions, and expert perspectives from RSG Consulting. Then, working in small multidisciplinary design teams, participants will synthesise their findings to identify patterns, pain points, and opportunities for design, which will be used to fuel the brainstorming sessions during the ideation phase of the workshop.

    Facilitators: Sean Hewens, Senior Design Lead, IDEO; Lixian Hantover, Counsel, IDEO; Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting; Yasmin Lambert, Senior Consultant, RSG Consulting; Andrew Bowyer, Chief Operating Officer, RSG Consulting

  • 12:30pm
    Working/Networking Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    What can Lawyers Learn from the Disruption in the Media Industry?

    The media sector is going through many of the challenges that now face the legal profession. The information technology revolution, the demise of traditional sources of revenue and the growth of alternative competitors have meant that incumbent media organisations have had to re-think their business models and operating structures. Drawing on his experiences as a senior journalist within a major news organisation, Jamil Anderlini discusses how the transformation of the Financial Times as a digital business has affected the way he works and the way he interacts with his stakeholders, both within the FT and externally.

    Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:50pm
    Workshops (continued)

    Afternoon Prototyping Session: Making It Real

    Participants will work together with their design teams to create prototypes of the best ideas from the morning brainstorming session. Each team will create an action plan that lays out concrete next steps for trying out new ways of working in a cost-efficient and low-risk manner at their respective offices and firms. The afternoon session will culminate with an opportunity for each design team to share back their favorite ideas and action plans to the entire group of forum participants.

  • 2:50pm
    Panel Discussion: Different Models, Mindsets and Management

    With pressure on the law firm business model, a changing geopolitical landscape and accelerating automation, lawyers find themselves facing a new set of disruptive challenges. However, there are some lawyers who are turning these challenges into opportunities and reinventing themselves, their firms and their departments. In this session we hear from Stuart Fuller, previously managing partner at KWM who now heads the legal services business at KPMG in Australia, and Andrew Clinton, the managing partner of UK law firm asb law, who has reinvented his law firm away from practice areas and into three main departments that make, deliver and sell legal services. We will also hear how company legal departments are evolving and adapting from Rebecca Lim at Westpac and Tom Daemen at Microsoft.

    Discussants:
    Andrew Clinton, Managing Partner, asb law, UK
    Tom Daemen, Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Australia and New Zealand, Microsoft
    Stuart Fuller, Head of KPMG Law Australia, and Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Legal Services, KPMG
    Rebecca Lim, Group Executive, Compliance, Legal and Secretariat, Westpac Group

    Moderator: Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

  • 3:50pm
    Coffee Break
  • 4:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Reigniting Purpose -- Motivating Lawyers

    Law firms’ business models are under constant pressure to evolve. Clients are demanding their firms be better aligned with how their own businesses are structured and run; governments and the political alliances holding them together are in flux, which impacts how laws are created as well as impacting regulation; society has become more fragmented and decentralised –- with concentrations of wealth and poverty both expanding. These changes are responsible for new gaps emerging in the relationship between business, government and society. Lawyers -- in law firms, law departments and academia -- are faced with both an opportunity and a challenge to redefine the purpose and impact of their professional vocation. What is the best way to approach this opportunity and challenge for lawyers?

    Discussants:
    Anna Collyer, Partner and Head of Innovation, Allens
    Caroline Cox, Group General Counsel, BHP
    Anthony Foley, National Managing Partner, Baker McKenzie Australia
    Danny Gilbert, Managing Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
    Andrew Pike, Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Moderator: Jamie Smyth, Australia & Pacific Islands Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Closing address and results of the Design-Collaborate-Innovate Workshops

    Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

  • 6:00pm
    Cocktail Party
  • 7:00pm
    Awards Presentation

    The six FTIL Australia-Only Awards are announced for private practice and in-house law firms. Award winners will be invited to give short talks about their winning initiative. The full details of these initiatives will be published in the FTIL Asia-Pacific Report on 8 June 2018.

Attendees

Attending Corporates/Government/Academics: Australian Government Solicitor, AMP, BHP, Bond University Legal Faculty Boral Limited, Brookfield Property Partners, Macquarie, Microsoft, Qantas, Rea Group, Telstra, UTS Legal Faculty, Wesfarmers, Westpac, Woolworths

Attending Law Firms & Legal Services Providers: Allen & Overy, Allens, asb law, Baker McKenzie, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons, KPMG, Pinsent Masons   

Attending New Law: Elevate, Gen2Law, HighQ, Lawcadia, Xakia 

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2018 winners

Award

Winner

Innovation in Legal Expertise

MinterEllison

Innovation in Business of Law

King & Wood Mallesons

Legal Innovator

Lesley Hitchens, UTS

Legal Leader

Sue Kench, King & Wood Mallesons

Innovation in legal expertise (in-house)

REA Group

Operational Innovation

Westpac

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Co-Chairs (2)

Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor
Financial Times

Jamil Anderlini is the Financial Times’ Asia Editor, appointed in 2015. He oversees the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to directing the work of regional correspondents and overseeing the editing and commissioning team in Hong Kong, Mr Anderlini is an award-winning journalist and published author.  He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.  After a decade and a half working as an editor and journalist in China, he has cultivated a deep knowledge of the political and economic situation in that country. He regularly contributes commentary for other media, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABC and A1-Jazeera. He also selectively accepts speaking engagements with corporations, financial institutions, universities, government departments and agencies. Mr Anderlini joined the FT in 2007 and worked as Beijing Correspondent and Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief before he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011, with overall responsible for China coverage at the FT. Mr Anderlini has won numerous reporting prizes, both individually and as part of FT teams. In 2010, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Excellence Awards and won the Best Digital Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards. Other prizes include a UK Foreign Press Association Award in 2008, several individual SOPA awards and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012, which recognises outstanding reporting of international affairs by a young reporter at the Financial Times. In 2013, Mr Anderlini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and short-listed for both Foreign Reporter of the Year at the Press Awards in the UK and also the Orwell Prize, the UK's most prestigious prize for political writing. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing Business Correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was Chief Editor of the China Economic Review. He is the author of the e-book The Bo Xilai Scandal, published by Penguin and Financial Times in 2012.

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Chief Executive Officer
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.

Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.

Keynote Speaker (1)

John Havens

John Havens

Executive Director
The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

John C. Havens is Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. The Initiative has two primary outputs – the creation and iteration of a body of work known as Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and the identification and recommendation of ideas for Standards Projects focused on prioritizing ethical considerations in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Currently there are 13 approved Standards Working Groups in the IEEE P7000™ series. Guided by over 250 thought leaders, the IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative’s mission is to ensure every stakeholder involved in the design and development of autonomous and intelligent systems is educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical, values-driven considerations so that these technologies are advanced for the benefit of humanity. Mr Havens was an EVP of Social Media at Porter Novelli where he worked with clients including P&G, Gillette, HP and Merck, among others. He was also a professional actor for over 15 years and appeared in principal roles on Broadway, TV and in film. Mr Havens is also a contributor on issues of technology and well-being to Mashable and The Guardian, and is author of the books, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World (both published by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House).

Workshop Facilitators (4)

Sean Hewens

Sean Hewens

Senior Design Lead
IDEO

As a Senior Design Lead in IDEO’s Design for Change studio in San Francisco, Sean Hewens helps organisations use human-centered design to be more future-facing and purpose-led. He is fascinated with designing systems that allow organisations to make bold decisions based on bottom-up insights from customers or employees, and less on top-down intuition from far away offices. Mr Hewens also co-leads IDEO’s legal innovation practice, where he is working with law firms, in-house legal departments, and academic institutions to design the future of the legal profession.

Prior to joining IDEO’s organisational change studio, Mr Hewens spent many years as part of the founding team of IDEO.org, where he worked with clients like the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to innovate their approach to international development. During his time at IDEO.org, he also led projects to spread human-centered design in the social sector, including the launch of the HCD Connect online platform and the creation of the Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation course, which has been taken by over 100,000 people around the world.

Mr Hewens holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Georgetown. He also attended Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Lixian Hantover

Lixian Hantover

Counsel
IDEO

As Counsel at IDEO LP, a global design and innovation firm, Lixian Hantover serves as a bridge between IDEO’s designers and business teams and the diverse group of international IDEO clients.

Prior to joining IDEO, she worked as a Technology Transaction Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati with a focus on representing early stage start-ups. Before graduating from UCLA School of Law, where she served as Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review, Ms Hantover worked in film and media both in the US and in China (where she bar-tended at a hidden whiskey bar in Beijing).

She writes frequently for publications such as the ABA Business Law Journal and the Huffington Post on cybersecurity-related issues. In her spare time, she is an award-winning songwriter and musician, a student of traditional folk ballads, and a lifelong film buff.

Yasmin Lambert

Yasmin Lambert

Senior Consultant
RSG Consulting

Yasmin Lambert is the Senior Consultant and an equity partner at RSG Consulting. She has worked with the firm since 2008 and has been immersed in the FT Innovative Lawyers programme, RSG-India and many of the other thought-leadership projects RSG undertakes. The many strings to her bow include designing some of the major analytical frameworks behind the Eversheds Board Reports as well as the conceptual frameworks for value in legal services the firm has pioneered. She writes regularly for the FT Innovative Lawyer reports globally and has conducted hundreds of interviews with senior lawyers. An accredited Meyler Campbell graduate of the Elements programme, she uses her coaching every day with clients and the RSG team. She has also taught on the IE Business School Lawyers Management Programme.

With extensive experience in academic research and writing, Ms Lambert is trained in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis. After five years working in the IT industry, she worked for the Department of Health in Australia and on a project to develop self-regulation for the further education sector in the UK. She has a first class honours degree in Legal and Political Philosophy from the University of Sydney, where she also completed graduate studies in Economics.

Andrew Bowyer

Andrew Bowyer

Chief Operating Officer
RSG Consulting

Andrew Bowyer joined the RSG team in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. He focuses on business development, operations and partnerships.

With extensive experience in business development, sales and product management roles, Mr Bowyer has a passion for growing and building businesses focused around information, data and technology. He started his career in 2005 at the Financial Times in London where he rose to be the Head of Strategic Publishing. In that role he successfully developed and launched a number of new products, both in print and online, through strategic partnerships with major clients. The most successful of these partnerships was the FT Innovative Lawyers project -- he played a key role in the early development of the franchise, working closely with RSG.

He moved on to Bloomberg LP in 2010 where he held a number of business development and management roles in London and New York focused on data, technology and enterprise solutions. He completed his career there managing sales for the Middle East for Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions, Bloomberg’s second largest and fastest growing business. Mr Bowyer has a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia.

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Panel Discussants (9)

Andrew Clinton

Andrew Clinton

Managing Partner
asb law

As Managing Partner of asb law, Andrew Clinton is responsible for devising and leading the implementation of the firm’s market-driven strategy. The purpose of asb law is to become the best New Law firm in the world. The strategies to achieve that purpose are to bring the best that the legal ecosystem has to offer for the benefit of its clients and to win over others, both internally and externally, to new ways of working.    

Mr Clinton spends a lot of his time listening to the buyers of legal services and exploring how other industries have adapted in the face of competition. His pioneering approach has seen the firm introduce a sales team and a single operating model. In order to address organisational and behavioural barriers to change, the firm killed off the billable hour as a revenue model and for the purposes of performance measurement. The firm also recently took the profound step of sweeping away departmental profit centres to encourage collaboration around the needs of target clients. In effect, asb law has been re-coded so that information and power now flows around the needs of its target clients, rather than around input-based measures which fortify service-line silos.

Anna Collyer

Anna Collyer

Partner and Head of Innovation
Allens

Anna Collyer has been a Partner of Allens for 17 years and is currently Allens' Head of Innovation and a member of the firm's executive committee. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.  

Her practice has focussed on the electricity sector for over 20 years and has followed the evolution of that sector from initial reforms in the early 1990s to the transformation it is currently experiencing. She has worked on policy and reform for Government and key market institutions, as well as advising industry and major energy users on significant projects and transactions, with particular expertise in relation to renewable energy.

In her role as Head of Innovation, Ms Collyer leads a multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively to experiment, test and refine new technologies and processes to meet clients' changing business needs. She has driven initiatives in design thinking, co-creation and client collaboration across the firm, bringing technology and change into the spotlight for lawyers and leaders alike.

Caroline Cox

Caroline Cox

Group General Counsel
BHP

Caroline Cox joined BHP in August 2014, and was appointed Group General Counsel in March 2016. She leads a team of more than 100 lawyers across Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia.

Previously, Ms Cox enjoyed an 11-year career with leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where she was a Disputes Partner. She specialised in large cross-border regulatory investigations, such as under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and performed advisory work for a number of multinational companies. She also represented companies in a range of significant public commissions of inquiry, including the Oil for Food Inquiry and the James Hardie Inquiry. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, she practised at leading Canadian commercial law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.

Ms Cox graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction) and was the Gold Medallist in Law at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Tom Daemen

Tom Daemen

Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Australia and New Zealand
Microsoft

Tom Daemen is a Director in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group. He currently leads the legal and government affairs teams in Australia and New Zealand, and previously held numerous other positions with Microsoft around the world. For example, he worked in Brussels and helped the company navigate the European Union’s legal and political maze, and led the global legal team responsible for Skype and Office. He is a frequent speaker on a range of digital issues, including privacy, security and artificial intelligence. With legal degrees from Europe and the US, Mr Daemen is both an English Solicitor and a US qualified lawyer.

Anthony Foley

Anthony Foley

National Managing Partner
Baker McKenzie Australia

Anthony Foley is the National Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's Australian offices. His past legal practice areas of focus included information technology, communications and intellectual property law. He has worked extensively with global market leaders (particularly in the technology sector) and has advised on some of the largest outsourcing, procurement and transformational projects undertaken by the public and private sector in Australia. Prior to his appointment as Managing Partner, Mr Foley headed up the Firm's Technology, Communications & Commercial practice in Australia and in the Asia Pacific region.

Stuart Fuller

Stuart Fuller

Head of KPMG Law Australia, and Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Legal Services
KPMG

Stuart Fuller is the leader of KPMG Law’s Australian practice and its Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Legal Services. Prior to joining KPMG Law, he was the Global Managing Partner of one of the world’s largest law firms for five years, based in Hong Kong. Mr Fuller has a strong track record in successfully building and leading large teams across a diverse range of client and practice portfolios, in client relationship management and business development, and in driving innovation in the legal industry, and is recognised for his depth of understanding of Australia, China and the Asia Pacific.

Danny Gilbert AM

Danny Gilbert AM

Managing Partner
Gilbert + Tobin

Danny Gilbert AM is co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin. He currently holds and has held a number of directorships including Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016, Co-Chair of Cape York Partnership Group Ltd, Chairman of University of Western Sydney Foundation and former Chairman of National Museum of Australia. He is also a trustee of several private charitable trusts. Gilbert + Tobin is a major national corporate law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Rebecca Lim

Rebecca Lim

Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat
Westpac

Rebecca Lim was appointed Westpac’s Group Executive responsible for compliance, legal and secretariat functions globally from October 2016. She was appointed Group General Counsel in November 2011 and was Chief Compliance Officer from 2013 to 2017. She joined Westpac in 2002 and has held a variety of other senior leadership roles, including General Manager, Human Resources for St.George Bank, and General Manager, St.George Private Clients.

Ms Lim began her career at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) before joining the US firm Skadden Arps where she worked in both New York and London. She then moved into an in-house role in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London before returning to Australia and joining Westpac.

She is Deputy Chair of the GC100 Executive Committee and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Andrew Pike

Andrew Pike

Managing Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills

Andrew Pike is the Regional Managing Partner for Herbert Smith Freehills, and in that role is responsible for leading the firm’s operations in Australia. He is an HSF lifer and has held various roles in the firm including head of the Corporate Group. Mr Pike is an M&A lawyer by trade, having acted as a strategic adviser to many leading corporates. In his Regional Managing Partner role, he is passionate about leading the firm in a dynamic and changing environment. Continuing to improve client experience and people engagement are key focuses of his leadership.

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Moderator (1)

Jamie Smyth

Jamie Smyth

Australia and Pacific Islands Correspondent
Financial Times

Jamie Smyth is the Financial Times’ Australia and Pacific Islands Correspondent. He covers economics, finance, business, and domestic, foreign and defence policy for the newspaper. Mr Smyth worked previously as Ireland Correspondent for the FT, where he focused on the Irish financial crisis and the peace process in Northern Ireland. Prior to that, Mr Smyth worked for The Irish Times newspaper as European correspondent based in Brussels, where he covered EU politics, social affairs, business and technology.

Award Categories

Innovation in Legal Expertise

Innovation in Legal Expertise (in-house)

Innovation in the Business of Law

Operational Innovation

Legal Innovator

Legal Leader

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Shortlist

Allens
Ashurst
BHP Billiton
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Frasers Property Australia
Gilbert + Tobin
High Court of Australia
Jackson McDonald
King & Wood Mallesons
Microsoft Australia and New Zealand
MinterEllison
Qantas
REA Group
Southern Cross Austereo
Telstra Corporation
UTS
Westpac Group
Xakia

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Research Methodology

The FT and its research partner RSG Consulting have devised a unique methodology to rank lawyers on innovation. Law firms and company in-house legal teams are invited to submit their innovations. These are then fully researched through telephone interviews and reviews. No entry appears in the FT report or awards shortlists without a robust client or independent reference. Market experts are also called in to assess the submissions and the research.

Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, leadership and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are then benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings and shortlists. Lawyers are ranked for delivering exceptional value to business and society.

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Content Partner (1)

RSG Consulting is a research and strategy consultancy, founded in 2001. It specialises in working for professional service firms, with a special focus on ranking and assessing lawyers that dates back to the early 90s. RSG carries out commissioned and independent research on topics that include innovation, the development and future of the profession and emerging legal markets. It helps law firms and legal departments differentiate themselves, through innovation, brand or strategy projects. It came up with the idea behind the FT Innovative Lawyers programme and is the FT’s research partner on the reports and awards globally. All research is conducted by senior consultants, who are also regular public speakers at partners’ conferences, to in-house legal departments, and are business coaches. RSG created and curates the Innovative GC Club, offers innovation benchmarks to both private practice and in-house legal departments, and has created a unique development programme to help lawyers tap into their creativity. RSG’s CEO Reena SenGupta was responsible for creating the ranking methodologies that underpin the Chambers & Partners guides and turning the Chambers rankings into world-class assessments of law firms in the mid-nineties.

Workshop Designer Partner (1)

For nearly 40 years, global design company IDEO has taken a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. Together with clients, IDEO designs the products, services, systems, and organizations that people interact with every day—from consumer goods to healthcare to education and much more. ​IDEO also partners with leaders and change agents to identify new market opportunities and to build the creative cultures and internal systems required to sustain innovation and launch new ventures.

Host Sponsors (2)

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our 13,000 people, across 78 offices, in 47 countries, to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instil confidence in our clients.

 

We are a prestigious School of Law, defining what is best in professional and skills based legal education, imbued with a spirit to innovate, a commitment to influence, and a dedication to educating and inspiring tomorrow’s global legal professionals through a personalised and transformational student experience. 

We are dedicated to advancing the understanding of law and legal issues in their domestic, comparative and international contexts; engaging in high quality legal scholarship; and promoting and encouraging ethical and professional approaches to the study and practice of law.

We are committed to local and global social responsibility, justice under the rule of law, and preparing our students to succeed, lead and inspire in a rapidly changing global legal environment.

The Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education is a community of legal educators, researchers, practitioners and administrators who collaborate in defining, understanding, engaging in and promoting best practice in the teaching of law, with a particular emphasis upon professional legal education, and in developing and delivering professional legal training programs of the highest quality.

Fees

The cost of one ticket is £5000.

Each law firm can have three representatives (one senior partner, one senior associate and one business/operational professional). 

Each in-house team can have three representatives; one representative from an alternative legal service provider.

The cost for three representatives is £10,000.

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Dress Code

Business Casual

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Venue

Baker McKenzie Office
Tower One - International Towers
Level 46, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Sydney 2000

Australia

Tel: 02 9225 0200

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