The 2017 Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor Australia Summit

Event Details

Nov 16, 2017

8AM - 4PM

Sydney, Australia

$629.75 AUD (Peer Monitor Clients) / $992.87 AUD (General Admission) (GST to appear as a separate purchase fee)

Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor, in association with the Legal Executive Institute, is pleased to present The 2017 Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor Australia Summit this November at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. Facilitated by and designed for law firm executives from throughout Australia and New Zealand, our program delivers robust, comprehensive, peer-driven insights into current trends and developments impacting the business of law.

Plan to attend and network with distinguished industry peers at this marquee gathering.

Seating is extremely limited.

Online registration now available. 

Why You Should Attend

  • Our summit offers rigorous, in-depth analysis of the Australian/New Zealand legal market as divined by exclusive Thomson Reuters industry data
  • Our faculty features a blend of industry titans and rising stars from some of the country's most prominent law firms, corporations and consultancies.
  • Attendees will enjoy ample networking opportunities & glean valuable takeaways for immediate adoption within their firm.

    Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm Chairs & Managing Partners
  • Law Firm C-Suite Officers
  • Law Firm Executive Committee members
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Rod Fielding

    Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Allens

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    Mike Abbott

    Vice President, Client Management and Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Nov 16

    Networking Breakfast
    Opening Remarks

    Jackie RhodesManaging Director, Australia & New Zealand, Thomson Reuters Legal

    State of the Australian Legal Market

    Our opening conversation features a distinguished panel of industry observers and professionals as they utilize Peer Monitor data to assess the overall health of the Asian Pacific legal market and the impact of recent regional developments on legal practitioners and clients.

    Joel Barolsky, Managing Director, Barolsky Advisors Pty Ltd.
    George Beaton
    , Executive Chairman, Beaton Research + Consulting

    A Rumor of War: Regulation, Revelations & the State of Cybersecurity in 2017

    Today’s global firms are facing increased pressure to mitigate risk when it comes to client data privacy and security. The increased reliance upon cloud and mobile technology has created both increased flexibility and heightened concerns for law firm executives and staff alike. This timely conversation, led by some of the world’s foremost authorities in data privacy and foreign affairs, will examine the current cyber landscape at a moment of acute consternation in the global consciousness.

    Dalvin ChienSpecial Counsel, Colin Biggers & Paisley Ltd.
    Alec Christie, Partner, Digital Law, Ernst & Young
    Carla Liedtke, Director, Australia Pacific, Control Risks
    Ian YipChief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, McAfee

    Morning Break
    Paradigm Shift: Corporate Legal Departments at the Crossroads

    In a global legal market where “value” and “efficiency” continue to drive client purchasing behaviors, many corporate legal departments are bringing work in-house and hiring top legal—and business—talent at a staggering pace. Despite still finding lucrative work with specialized, high risk matters, outside counsel are quickly coming to terms with a new, ever-evolving business climate where traditional client service models are now obsolete and the delivery of legal services in a globalized vista requires innovation and indefatigable strategy. Leveraging exclusive Thomson Reuters data from the world’s very first global legal department operations (LDO) index, this panel highlights in-house counsel proclivities and operations in a world transformed.

    Rachel Besley, General Counsel & Board Secretary, Legal, Deloitte
    Sharon Cook, Chief Legal & Commercial Counsel, National Australia Bank
    Steven M. WalkerVice President and Associate General Counsel, APJ Software

    Networking Luncheon
    New Compensation Models within the Firm

    This facilitated workshop examines the challenges and strategies many firms are deploying around law firm compensation systems and origination credit. Key questions for discussion include:

    • How are firm-wide compensation systems designed and aligned with greater cultural and strategic goals;
    • To what extent is origination credit tethered to a healthy business development culture;
    • What role does “teamwork” play in your firm’s compensation system? How is it assessed and evaluated;
    • How does your compensation system balance firm success with individual performance;
    • How do you align your associate compensation with partner compensation? Does your associate compensation model help facilitate the path to partnership?

    Peter Slattery, Managing Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery
    Bill SpainPartner, Gilbert + Tobin

    Afternoon Break
    Building the Pipeline: Training and Talent Challenges after the Great Recession

    Law firms today employ up to five different generations of professionals in the workplace. For years, the legal and business professional pipelines produced a steady supply of talent ripe for the proverbial picking. Since 2007, however, law schools are seeing a steady decline in student applications, and many recent graduates, along with business peers, are finding career paths outside the profession. This seismic shift has forced law firm leaders to reevaluate how they design and manage their most expensive resource—people—to meet the ever-changing demands of clients. In considering the future of law firms, our panel will consider these and other key questions as we look ahead to 2018 and beyond, including:

    • How are law firm leaders and chief talent officers adjusting how they hire and prepare the next generation?
    • How are firms integrating new employees into existing enterprise culture?
    • What impact have client requests for more diverse legal representation had on hiring strategy?
    • What lessons can be learned from other professional service industries?

    Andrea Bell, Director, People and Development (Australia), Herbert Smith Freehills
    Louise Campbell, Director of Human Resources, Colin Biggers & Paisley
    Sandra Gibson, Managing Director, Lawyers On Demand Australia
    Terri Smith, Director of People, Performance and Planning, Gadens

    Closing Remarks & Conclusion

    Jackie Rhodes, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Thomson Reuters Legal


    The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
    Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

    The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is described as “an elegant sanctuary” overlooking a distinctive harbour city. With opulent views of the stunning Opera House and Harbour Bridge, guests will enjoy the sumptuous decor of this five star property and convenient access to Sydney’s vibrant history and culture.

    A room block has been arranged for conference guests at a rate of $445 AUD/night plus taxes. Please call the hotel directly to reserve a room.

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