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10TH MANAGING PARTNERS FORUM

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | NETWORKING | FIRM GROWTH

BYRON AT BYRON RESORT & SPA | BYRON BAY

PROGRAMME - DAY 1 

23rd FEBRUARY 2018

10:30 - 11:00

⚫ REGISTRATION

 

11:00 - 11:15

⚫ OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR

11:15 - 12:15

⚫ SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE

SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE
THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL LANDSCAPE: 10 PREDICTIONS. 10 THINGS TO DO

This session will set the scene and the context for the Managing Partners Forum discussion.
Joel will present his predictions of the future of the Australian legal market based on
Peer Monitor data, expert commentaries and his analysis. The session will address likely
market opportunities and challenges and what firms can do to address these
.
JOEL BAROLSKY |
MANAGING DIRECTOR | BAROLSKY ADVISORS

12:15 - 12:30

⚫ TECH TALK: FTI CONSULTING

TECH TALK : WHEN SCIENCE FICTION MEETS SCIENCE FACT: PREDICTIVE CODING
AND THE REALITY OF INVESTIGATIONS AND REVIEWS TODAY
DAVID BOWIE |
SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR | FTI CONSULTING

12:30 - 13:15

⚫ SESSION 2: ALTERNATIVE LAW ROUNDTABLE

SESSION 2: ALTERNATIVE LAW DISCUSSION
ARE ALTERNATIVE LAW FIRMS LEADING THE WAY - A DISCUSSION

An opportunity to hear an open discussion on the progress of alternative law firms:
the highs, the lows and inbetweens.

TONY O’MALLEY | AUSTRALIA & ASIA PACIFIC LEGAL SERVICES LEADER | PWC
WARREN KALINKO |
CEO | KEYPOINT LAW
LACHLAN MCKNIGHT |
CEO | LEGALVISION
MODERATOR: WILLIAM FAZIO |
DIRECTOR | FAZIO ADVISORY

13:15 - 14:15

⚫ LUNCHEON BREAK

 

14:15 - 14:30

⚫ TECH TALK: THOMSON REUTERS ELITE

TECH TALK : THOMSON REUTERS ELITE
CHRIS SOUTHGATE| GLOBAL ACCOUNT TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIST | MICROSOFT
JUSTIN COX | DIRECTOR OF SALES APAC |THOMSON REUTERS ELITE

14:30 - 15:00

⚫ SESSION 3: AFTER ACTION REVIEWS – GENERATING MATTER-BASED INSIGHTS

THAT SUPPORT EFFICIENCY, COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION
After Action Reviews (AARs) are structured debriefs where project team members
discuss what worked, what didn’t work and what should be done differently next time.
Pioneered by the US military, and now used by many corporations and NGOs, the application
of AARs in law firms remains limited, with just 15% of firms undertaking regular
AARs. This session examines the characteristics of an effective AAR and how to build a
culture that can realise the benefits of this valuable performance and learning tool.

RAY D’CRUZ | CEO | PERFORMANCE LEADER

15:00 - 15:45

⚫ SESSION 4: ARMCHAIR DISCUSSION

MANAGING PARTNERS : WHAT’S ON A LEADER’S MIND
An open discussion on what is on a legal leader’s mind, an opportunity to discuss contemporary
issues facing most managing partners including: client buying pressures, technology,
talent, market growth and more.

MODERATOR : JOEL BAROLSKY | MANAGING DIRECTOR | BAROLSKY ADVISORS
ROBERT CUTLER |
CHIEF EXECUTIVE PARTNER | CLAYTON UTZ
MARY DIGIGLIO |
MANAGING PARTNER | SWAAB ATTORNEYS
ANDREW PIKE |
REGIONAL MANAGING PARTNER | HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS

15:45 - 16:00

⚫AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING BREAK

 

16:00 - 16:15

⚫ TECH TALK - ADERANT

           WILLIAM DAVIS | VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT | ADERANT

16:15 - 17:00

⚫ SESSION 5: SOCIAL CHANGE

USING CSR TO DRIVE CULTURAL CHANGE AND ALIGN IT TO YOUR STRATEGY
As CEO of Grant Thornton Greg Keith led 150 Partners to Cambodia to build homes for AIDS
effected families suffering extreme poverty. Through that process the Grant Thornton Partnership
gained far more than they gave. They learnt to trust one another, support each other,
collaborate, they pushed themselves way outside of their comfort zones and they reflected
and questioned the balance each of them had in life. As a direct consequence, Greg changed
his approach to how he engaged his fellow partners and the operating structure. In this session,
Greg will share how they combined their culture journey with their strategic goals.

GREG KEITH | CEO | GRANT THORNTON

17:00 - 18:00

⚫ SESSION 6: HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE WHERE INNOVATION THRIVES

It is universally recognised that innovation is key to growing a business. As such, creating a
culture where innovation thrives is critical. However, when surveyed about what they think
creates a culture of innovation, over 95% of business leaders get the answers wrong. They
are basing their decisions on intuition rather than science. Judy Anderson will share with
you the 14 key drivers to creating a culture of innovation - according to what has been scientifically
proven. In a highly interactive keynote, you will get to see how closely your intuition
matches with science. In addition to the science, Judy will share stories from some of the
world’s most innovative organisations about how they are applying these principles.
YOU WILL LEAVE WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF:
• The 14 drivers that matter when it comes to creating a culture of innovation
• The top five most impactful areas where you should be focusing your innovation efforts
• Case studies and strategies from the world’s most innovative companies on how they are
• Creating a culture where innovation thrives
• Practical ideas to unlock breakthrough thinking through creating the right type of working
environment.

JUDY ANDERSON | INVENTIOLOGIST | INVENTIUM

18:00 - 18:30

⚫ FREE TIME

 

18:30 - 19:30

⚫ NETWORKING DRINKS - POOLSIDE

 

19:30 - 22:30

⚫ DINNER - POOLSIDE

 

PROGRAMME - DAY 2 

24th FEBRUARY 2018

8:40 - 9:00

BREAKFAST BRIEFING - FILEMAN

Take an age-old industry that has essentially operated the same way since the beginning
of time and :

1) Reimagine the way things could be done;
2) Deliver significant process improvements and cost savings;
3) Build a zero-cost, modern-era, cloud-based app to make it all magically work.
Now if that’s not disruption, then what is ?

BRAD GABRIEL | GENERAL MANAGER - MAJOR ACCOUNTS | FILEMAN


9:15 - 10:15

⚫ SESSION 1: OPENING INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

 A STRATEGY SESSION
THE FUTURE OF LARGE LAW FIRMS IN THE GLOBAL AGE OF MORE FOR LESS
PROFESSOR DAVID WILKINS | LESTER KISSEL PROFESSOR OF LAW & DIRECTOR,
CENTER ON THE LEGAL PROFESSION| VICE DEAN FOR GLOBAL INITIATIVES ON THE LEGAL
PROFESSION | HARVARD LAW SCHOOL (via live video link)

10:15 - 11:00

⚫ SESSION 2 : PARTNER COMPENSATION & RE-THINKING THE FIRM ECOSYSTEM

PARTNER COMPENSATION & RE-THINKING THE FIRM ECOSYSTEM
Law firm remuneration plans are by and large unsophisticated, hard to administer, opaque,
and focused on rewarding the wrong behaviors. As someone wise once said, “If your compensation
plan is in conflict with your strategy, your compensation plan is your strategy.”
To generate maximum financial performance in a law firm, and achieve the highest levels of
client satisfaction, we need to re-align the incentives. A good plan will resolve the conflict
between partners pursuing their individual self-interest and what’s good for the collective
long-term health of the firm. A better plan will not only recognize the variable contributions
made by partners, it will foster higher quality work product by ensuring work is delegated
to the right person. The best plans provide clear guidance to partners to both drive and
reward desired behaviors. In this session we’ll discuss how progressive leaders are finally
turning to remuneration schemes to drive change in their law firms.

TIMOTHY CORCORAN | PRINCIPAL | CORCORAN CONSULTING GROUP

11:00 - 11:30

⚫ MORNING TEA & NETWORKING BREAK

11:30 - 12:00

⚫ SESSION 3: 21 INFLUENCES ON THE LEGAL WORKPLACE

How did we get to our current workplace solutions and why did we include a café, a huddle and a zen den? Simon will discuss influences on the legal workplace and why a new menu of spaces exist today (and why we should invest in them).
SIMON POLE | GLOBAL DESIGN DIRECTOR | UNISPACE

12:00 - 12:30

⚫ SESSION 4: COMPETING AND WINNING IN THE CLIENT EMPOWERED ERA

Discuss Professional Services Market changes and trends and impact these have on Firms
and review Best Practices for Competing in the Age of the Empowered Client

JOHN CALLAHAN
| VICE PRESIDENT - LARGE LAW | INTAPP

12:30 - 13:30

⚫ SESSION 5: TECHNOLOGY KNOWHOW - INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

CYBERSECURITY - BE WARY IN ORDER NOT TO BE AFRAID
One of the most significant business risk for law firms at the moment is cyber and data security,
especially since technology is increasingly woven throughout law firm processes and
service delivery to clients. High profile hacks and breaches to law firms and professional
services firms have resulted in an increased awareness and law firm Partners and clients are
taking note. Clients are increasingly stepping up demands of law firms to ensure their data is
sufficiently secure, firms are certified and issues around data geo-location and impact of cloud
services are in line with their “supplier” risk management needs. It is becoming a huge challenge
for managing partners (from small to large firms) to mitigate the risk and be confident
that the risk is appropriately managed on an ongoing basis.
In this ‘hands-on’ session, Peter will be running an interactive workshop where he will be going
through a short cyber security scenario and how all firm representatives react and ultimately
review the situation. The importance of having a proper cybersecurity programme in place for
unexpected attacks is pertinent for firms to safeguard against attacks.

PETER WESTERVELD | HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
PHILIP SCORGIE | DIGITAL BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION EXPERT
ANTONY FLUTEY | DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS | ETHAN GROUP
JACKSON MCKINLEY | REGIONAL DIRECTOR | MANDIANT CONSULTING ANZ

13:30 - 14:15

⚫ LUNCHEON BREAK

14:15 - 14:30

⚫ TECH TALK: LEXISNEXIS

SIMON WILKINS | GENERAL MANAGER | LEXISNEXIS AUSTRALIA

14:30 - 15:15

⚫ 6: THE CLOSING DEBATE

LAW FIRMS OF THE FUTURE: MORE "BLADERUNNER THAN SUITS
"How will professions like law, accounting, medicine, for example going to thrive or otherwise
in an age of intergenerational change, technological advancement, particularly artificial intelligence
and blockchain.
In a scenario setting of both near and far, the following points will be discussed:
• What would a decentralised and disintermediated law firm look like that is run through a
blockchain?
• When will robots be accepted as partners in a law firm?
• That is, what will a world where robots, machines, and AI have rights, duties and responsibilities
look like to us?
• Would robot partners vote?

JOHN FLOOD | PROFESSOR - LAW & SOCIETY & DIRECTOR - LAW FUTURES CENTRE |
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

15:15

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