The Centre for Legal Innovation’s Advisory Board includes local and international innovators and legalprenuers with experience in different aspects of the business and practice of law.
The Board has representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and USA, working in law firms, in-house in legal departments, law schools, legal consultancies and legal start-ups. The Board for 2022-2023 will be led by Co-chairs Warrick McLean, CEO, Non-Executive Director and Caryn Sandler, Partner and Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, Gilbert + Tobin.
The diverse range of experiences of the members of the Board ensures that the Centre remains connected to innovation and the advances in legaltech/AI in the legal ecosystem, whether inside or outside traditional channels, and whenever or wherever it happens. The Board also reflects the changing profile of the workforce in the legal industry today - multi-disciplinary, multi-generational, multi-cultural and multi-talented.
The Board provides guidance and advice on all aspects of the Centre’s work, including the development of innovation/legaltech/AI-focussed courses and determining topics for our future roundtables, summits, events, labs, incubators, workshops and research papers.
Our Advisory Board members for 2022-2023 are:
I entered law with the bright optimism of my generation, believing in its potential to be the biggest contributor to a successful society. After studying at Sydney University I became a solicitor, then partner. My intended career path to the Bar took what I thought would be a brief sojourn as I accepted a short-term instructor role at the College of Law in 1984. Unexpectedly, my real career then began. Being with the College has been a wonderful journey, and happily one that still has a positive impact, as we expand connections and associations across our region and the world.
To date, 100,000+ students have expanded their practical legal knowledge and skills through our campuses and workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Auckland, NZ. We also provide training in London, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and the South East Asian region. I take personal pride in the dedication of the College’s 300+ teaching and support staff and their commitment to the development of the profession.
In addition to our large scale pre-admission Graduate Diploma offerings, we offer Master of Laws (Applied Law) programs with majors/ subjects in Commercial Litigation, Commercial Transactions, Family Law, In-house Practice, Property Law, Wills & Estates. The postgraduate programs focus on the practice of law. We also provide a large suite of Practitioner Education (CPD/MCLE) courses, both face-to-face and online, with programs ranging from quick one-hour updates to full day conferences.
On a personal level, I read widely and I am interested in all sports and current affairs. I was Editor of the Journal of Professional Legal Education (JPLE) for nine years and have written a large number of papers, including for and presented at multiple conferences (Clinical Law Teachers USA, LawAsia, Continuing Legal Education Administrators Assoc. and The Executive Connection). I sit on a number of boards and contribute to these boards in various capacities.
Genevieve Collins is the Chief Executive Partner of leading Australian law firm Lander & Rogers and a personal injuries litigation specialist with 35 years' experience. As a successful Practice Group leader, Genevieve built a dynamic, industry-leading litigation team using data analytics and insights from positive psychology.
As Chief Executive Partner, Genevieve has driven the firm's innovation agenda, establishing our dedicated Client Innovation Hub for delivery of streamlined and new legal services. Genevieve also established Australia's first dedicated LawTech Hub for startups and scaleups, supporting and promoting tech innovations which are now widely used within the legal industry.
Under Genevieve's leadership, Lander & Rogers has achieved some significant milestones. It is the first Australian law firm of size to reach gender equality, with 50% of our partnership being female. Lander & Rogers is also the first Australian law firm to commit to 2030 net-zero emissions using the internationally recognised Science-Based Targets initiative. With her focus on wellness, Genevieve has ensured Lander & Rogers has received WELL accreditation (at highest platinum level) and the highest 'Gold' Mental Health First Aid workplace accreditation.
Under Genevieve's leadership, Lander & Rogers has been assessed each year as an employer of choice in Australasian Lawyers' and Lawyers Weekly. The firm has also been the esteemed recipient of the Financial Times' Most innovative Asia-Pacific law firms and Australasian Law Awards for Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year.
Genevieve has been named Australian Managing Partner of the Year by Lawyers Weekly and regularly, Most Influential Lawyer in the category 'Changemakers' by Australasian Lawyers.
Genevieve is a graduate of AICD, Harvard Business School and has an Executive Certificate in Positive Psychology. She is currently also Deputy Chair of SANE Australia.
Sam is Co-Founder and COO of Josef, a 'next generation' automation platform used by the best and most innovative teams around the world, from global firms like Clifford Chance, to leading NewLaw firms like Hive Legal.
Before Josef, Sam worked in advertising, as a lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler and as an associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He also built and launched myki fines in 2016, one of the first examples of truly successful B2C legal tech, with over 60,000 users in the first month.
Hilary is a Partner and Co-Head of Ashurst’s awarding winning global NewLaw division, Ashurst Advance.
With deep experience spanning law, technology and operations, Hilary specialises in delivering innovative and technology enabled legal solutions for clients and is key driver of Ashurst’s NewLaw transformation.
As Co-Head of the division, Hilary leads a global team delivering the full suite of NewLaw products and services including advanced delivery, legal managed services, flexible resourcing, legal operations and digital.
As a former GC and General Manager, Hilary brings a unique perspective and strong sense of commerciality to her work. She is strongly execution focussed and is trusted by clients to lead and deliver complex change programs.
Hilary was the 2019 recipient of the highly coveted Chief Executive Women’s Harvard Business School Disruptive Innovation Scholarship and was named “Innovator of the Year” at the Lawyer’s Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.
Director, Legal Operations IFM Investors
Since July 2018, Katrina has been involved in Legal Operations in Australia – first at Origin Energy and just recently joining IFM Investors as the inaugural Director, Legal Operations APAC. She is also Co-Chair of the Australian chapter of Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) which seeks to connect and inform Legal Operations professionals around the world.
Katrina is passionate about supporting inhouse lawyers operate effectively and efficiently, whether that be through adoption of new technology, mapping out processes, developing guidance or building up team knowledge.
Alison brings her unique perspective to clients to reimagine the delivery of legal services. With more than 15 years' international experience in program management within both private practice and in-house legal teams working in Dubai, London, Paris and across Australia, Alison helps legal service providers challenge the status quo and effectively manage change.
She uses a clever combination of people, process and technology, collaborating with lawyers, business professionals and their clients to develop bespoke and creative solutions and services that are streamlined, more cost effective, and fit for the future of law. Alison helps generate ideas and develop implementation plans to deliver solutions that drive change and business transformation.
An experienced Legal Operations professional, Alison has delivered strategic solutions to streamline and simplify business and support service operations including single point solutions to transformative operating models and external legal spend management. She also helps clients navigate the change process when implementing technology solutions from iManage to automation and workflow solutions.
She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the College of Law Australia and has delivered sessions on legal innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia and Singapore. Alison's previous roles have included Head of Innovation and Project Delivery Asia Pacific, for global law firm Pinsent Masons based in Melbourne, and International Director of Implementation for DLA Piper in London. Alison holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Executive Director and Experience Designer, Hive Legal; CLI Distinguished Fellow 2019/20 and Geeky Guru (Legal Design Thinking), CLI Legalpreneurs Lab
Melissa Lyon is a Legal Design Thinker and Innovation Specialist committed to assisting professionals develop client focused and human centred approaches to the delivery of legal services.
To do this, she draws on many years of experience in legal practice and legal practice management in Top Tier and NewLaw firms. She has held senior business development roles, managed BD teams and led numerous client focussed projects and programs. Melissa is a non-practising Principal of Hive Legal, an innovative NewLaw firm which has disrupted the legal profession by introducing design thinking frameworks, value pricing, truly flexible work practices, and technology based solutions for its team and clients.
Working in this innovative environment has inspired Melissa to develop a very different approach to innovation programs based on a design thinking framework and the power of purpose (HiveThinkP). She is a skilled facilitator and assists clients to develop and implement human centred projects through interactive workshops and design sprints.
Melissa is committed to sharing her experiences and insights with the profession especially those who are new to it. She is also a strong advocate for those with skills other than legal and the vital roles that they play in the delivery of legal services.
Melissa was a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Legal Innovation 2019/20 (her fellowship focused on the practical uses of design thinking in the legal profession). She has also been recognised as Innovator of the Year (2020) and Business Development Professional of the Year (2017) in the Australian Law Awards.
Legal Tech Startup + Investor Advisor and Legal Innovation Consultant
With Maya's unique background spanning VC, law, behavioural science, and change management, she delivers next-generation technology, process, and business growth services across the globe, most recently for Dentons, the world's largest firm and its clients through Nextlaw Labs. Maya currently advises multiple high-growth legal tech startups and serves as mentor for multiple initiatives to improve access to justice and industry equity. She is also executive director at Justice Technology Association, a nonprofit supporting changemakers building technology to address the access to justice gap.
Maya frequently speaks at conferences, broadcasts and writes on legal tech and innovation. She was named to 2023's FastCase 50, one of five “Influential Women of Legal Tech” by ILTA in 2020, a “Woman Leading Legal Tech” by The Technolawgist in 2019, and an ABA Legal Technology Resource Center “Woman of Legal Tech 2018” for her work in encouraging, designing and implementing the future of the legal industry around the globe.
Non-Executive Director; Co-Chair CLI Advisory Board
With over 25 years’ experience of leading, transforming and growing professional service firms within the accounting, medical and legal sectors, Warrick's high-level interpersonal skills allow him to genuinely engage with stakeholders at all levels. A visionary leader, Warrick enjoys engaging in thought leadership, challenging the status quo and networking with industry and community peers.
Warrick has demonstrated skills in exploring and implementing technology as an enabler, improving client experience and lifting the financial performance and ongoing sustainability of the firms he has led.
Warrick is a regular MC at legal industry events in Australia and New Zealand and a Past President and Life Member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA).
Warrick is currently Non-Executive Director, NSW Business Chamber; appointed Community Representative, City of Parramatta Local Planning Panel; Co-Chair, Centre for Legal Innovation (CLI) Advisory Board and Member, Parramatta Powerhouse Community Reference Group.
Terri works internationally with leaders of legal businesses supporting them in identifying trends, developing strategies, and transforming their capabilities and practices to deliver legal services/products in the new legal ecosystem. She is the instigator, designer, developer and collaborator-in-chief of CLI’s global initiatives, networks and programs including the Legalpreneurs Lab and the Generative AI Initiative. She is a frequent keynote speaker on legal ecosystem trends and their practical impact on legal practice at global, regional and local industry events.
Prior to joining CLI, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management departments for firms and associations including Lex Mundi, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and DLA Piper LLP (US). She has also led or taught on practical legal education initiatives in law schools in Asia, Australia and the US. In 2010, Terri founded Mottershead Consulting in the US, and later expanded it to Australasia, to focus on supporting lawyers, legal business specialists, and law firms in identifying, developing and transforming their capabilities and practices to a new way of delivering legal services/products to the market.
Terri is the Chair of the Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee, serves as the representative for Australia on the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) Advisory Board, is a Bilgi Law Labs Advisory Board Member for the Istanbul Bilgi University Law School and is a member of the global, inaugural CLOC Education Advisory Council. She was profiled as a legal industry thought leader by McCulloch Robertson in 2019 for its Year 101: Women in Law initiative and was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Innovator of the Year Award (Individual) 2021.
Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team and G+T Innovate at Gilbert + Tobin. These teams provide specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery, and also deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients. Caryn’s role encompasses responsibility for over 80 lawyers and business professionals working across Innovation and Legal Transformation, Legal Technology, Knowledge Management, Data/AI and Legal Project Management.
Prior to this role, Caryn worked as an Equity Capital Markets and M&A lawyer in both Australia and the UK.
Caryn is a regular speaker at global legal technology and innovation conferences and was recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. Caryn also won “Innovator of the Year” in the Women in Law Awards in both 2019 and 2020 and Partner of the Year Awards in 2021. Caryn has a passion for expanding the focus and content of legal education to enable lawyers to succeed and thrive in a changing legal environment. Caryn has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Finsia).
Rajesh heads the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice at Rajah & Tann, and is also the Co-Founder & Director of Rajah & Tann Technologies Pte Ltd and Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity Pte Ltd.
He has been advising clients on matters relating to technology, cybersecurity, data protection, telecommunications, electronic commerce, distributed ledger technology implementations, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, digital forensics and social media for over twenty years.
Rajesh is unanimously named as a Leading Lawyer for TMT in publications such as Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2008. According to Chambers Asia Pacific (2018), Rajesh is “highly prized by multinational technology companies for his expertise in data protection, telecoms regulation and cybersecurity.” He has been further recognised as a Market-leading lawyer for IT, Telco & Media by Asialaw Profiles (2019).
I’m a corporate and finance lawyer and legal template developer with over 20 years legal experience.
I was a partner at Buddle Findlay (BF) for six years, and was ranked by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in both corporate and finance work areas after leading some very successful transactions.
Big deals didn’t excite me, but great precedents, efficiency and helping other lawyers do great work does, so I retired from BF and established LawHawk to make document automation accessible to all lawyers as a fully managed online service.
Since 2016, we’ve been working with other lawyers in New Zealand and Australia to automate their workflows and help them and their own clients create customised legal documents - real smart contracts - in minutes, to higher standards of quality than before. There is no need to install, maintain or learn to build with your own software. We do all that for you, and you can just use it.
As well as my role on the Advisory Board for the CLI, I’m also a Geeky Guru for the CLI Legalpreneurs Lab on document automation and am happy to talk to you about any questions or ideas you have, and what might be possible.
Nick is the managing director and lead architect of Ruby Datum, often regarded as the most intuitive and high performing virtual data room on the market. The company has seen continued success over the years, landing both large and small law firm clients.
Nick also helps law firms and LawTech start-ups develop and commercialise their own products, with user experience at the forefront.
Nick runs regular LawTech breakfasts with key industry thought leaders, and the LawTech London meetup group where they focus on real transformation.