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 working in law firms, in-house in legal departments, legal consultancies as well as legal start-ups. It has professionals working in both the public and private sectors as well as representatives from the USA and New Zealand.
The diverse range of experiences of the members of the Board ensures that the Centre remains connected to innovation in the profession, whether inside or outside traditional channels, and whenever 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-focussed courses for the College of Law, and determining topics for our future roundtables, events, workshops and white papers.
Our Advisory Board members for 2017-2020 are:
Mananging Director, Xakia Technologies
Co-chair, Centre for Legal Innovation Advisory Board
Jodie believes in the importance of constant innovation and a healthy curiosity to explore new ways of doing old things; innovation has been a hallmark of Jodie's career.
Jodie has an extensive background in both law and financial services, including time at a top tier law firm (corporate M&A team), global investment bank and with a boutique Australian stockbroking firm.
Jodie is recognised for her strong analytical skills, innovative thinking and capacity to see an idea from inception to implementation in a wide range of circumstances, most notably as the architect and the founding Managing Director of Hive Legal, a role for which she was recognised as a finalist in Lawyers' Weekly Women in Law Awards Executive of the Year 2015.
Jodie is highly collaborative and believes in building teams through a shared vision. The combination of big picture structural analysis, attention to detail and an innovative edge equips her with the tools to constantly build and grow new ideas.
Managing Director, Barolsky Advisors Pty Ltd
I have spent the past 27 years helping law, accounting, engineering and other business advisory firms plan, innovate and grow. My core expertise is in strategy, but I have a reasonably good handle on culture, innovation, change management, BD and marketing. Client feedback indicates that I'm a skilled workshop facilitator and good at the process of crafting a winning strategy that has buy-in.
In addition to heading up Barolsky Advisors, I'm a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne, an Associate of Mt Eliza Executive Education and a former Principal of Beaton Research & Consulting.
Much of my thought leadership is published on my blog, Relationship Capital (http://relationshipcapital.com.au). I've advised over 100 of Australia and Asia’s leading professional service organisations. Around 70% of my clients are repeat clients or come directly from referrals from existing clients. My current practice focuses on helping clients:
- Craft and implement winning business strategies
- Conduct strategic reviews
- Map organisational culture
- Create competitive advantage through innovation
- Review key client/strategic account management programs
- Facilitate business-critical meetings, retreats and planning workshops
- Accelerate growth of key client relationships
- Deliver high impact training for relationship managers
- Design effective governance and pie-splitting systems.
CEO, The College of Law
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 Asia.
To date, 90,000+ 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.
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Alinta Energy
In December 2016, I joined Alinta Energy as General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Prior to joining Alinta, I was a partner with Herbert Smith Freehills specialising in the energy sector.
I have over 15 years experience advising on Australia's largest energy projects. As a senior lawyer, I lived and worked in Tokyo, and I have advised on energy and resources M&A, project development and operations, across the Middle East, South East Asia and Latin America.
Director, OTP Law Corporation
Seng Siew has over 30 years practice experience in litigation and commercial transactions, concentrating mainly on technology related matters. In addition to legal practice experience, he was also CEO of a technology joint-venture and start-up (2000-2003) and Senior Director of the Technology Cluster, Singapore Academy of Law (2008-2011). Seng Siew’s experience has provided him with a unique ability to understand the components and dynamics involved in successful technology joint ventures and businesses as well as how they can go wrong.
In addition to his legal practice, Seng Siew is an active representative of the legal profession in Singapore focussing particularly on working with the government, judiciary and practitioners in understanding and working through the impact of technology on legal practice. As an Executive Committee member of the Law Society of Singapore, he also provides feedback on policy matters to local authorities.
Seng Siew is a frequent contributor at seminars and conferences on legal ethics, technology, and anti-money laundering. He conducts litigation training. In 2012 he was appointed a teaching fellow of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.
For his contribution to Singapore, Seng Siew was awarded the Public Service Medal at Singapore’s 50th National Day Awards.
Director, Cullen Macleod Lawyers
Co-chair, Centre for Legal Innovation Advisory Board
I am one of the two owners of Cullen Macleod Lawyers. Our team of 28 can assist you in a broad variety of areas including general business advice, documents and representation across a variety of areas that businesses need assistance with (think property, buy and sell, restraint of trade, liquor licensing to name a few). Personally, I help individuals, SMEs and national businesses in 2 main areas - hospitality & liquor licensing law, and commercial disputes.
With hospitality & liquor licensing, I can help you in all areas from initial advice to lodging applications for liquor licences. These include small bars up to national liquor stores. With commercial disputes, I can help with advice on most areas of disputes that affect businesses and people. I have a particular interest in property, construction and franchising disputes.
My main focus when assisting clients is understanding that the best “legal” answer is not necessarily the best way forward. In most cases practicality, ongoing business considerations and general common sense are equally important.
In doing that, one of my constant bugbears is coming across legal documents that are almost unreadable. So, like the rest of our team, I make sure that I speak and write in plain English that my friends and I would easily be able to read and understand.
My experience before Cullen Macleod included: house painter, Pilbara mining camp wet-mess manager and breakfast cook, researcher for the Law Reform Commission of WA, and Murdoch Law School tutor. I have also worked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Western Australia, and taught at Murdoch Law School.
Director, Centre for Legal Innovation
As the Director for the Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia) at the College of Law, Terri works internationally with leaders of law firms, legal associations, law schools, and lawyers, supporting their transition to, and building a pipeline of exceptional talent for, new law. She has been a thought leader and innovator in legal strategic talent management and development for more than 20 years.
Prior to joining the Centre, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management teams for firms and associations including Lex Mundi, 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 specialists and law firms in identifying, developing and transitioning their capabilities and practices to the “new normal” legal services products market.
Terri has served on more than 50 boards and committees for not-for profit, for profit, legal associations and organisations including, most recently, acting as Vice-Chair and one of the founding Trusted Advisors of the Professional Development Consortium (US), as a member of the Queensland Law Society Practice Management Course Committee, and as President and Executive Committee member of the Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia.
Terri is a frequent keynote speaker at legal industry events and contributes regularly to legal industry publications on the future of legal profession, practical legal education and law firm talent management. She acted as the general editor/contributing author for The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management in Law Firms (West, 2010) and for Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms (NALP, 2016).
Terri holds a LLB (Honors) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, both from QIT; an LLM from the University of Queensland; and an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Wales. She is admitted to practice in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the High Court of Australia, England & Wales and Hong Kong.
Chief Technology Officer, Gilbert & Tobin
An accomplished senior technology management professional with extensive experience in the global banking and professional services industry. My focus has been on the delivery of application and infrastructure services to enable the business. I have a diverse understanding of business functions and processes and the underlying technology solutions.
I have experience building and leading high performing teams in complex and challenging environments. My experience enables me to break through issues and mitigate risks. I bring diverse teams together to focus on delivery and improve productivity by working as one.
I have excellent stakeholder management at all levels, including senior managers and executive teams. I have an engaging style that allows me to establish and build strong working relationships that can be leveraged during key decision points to break through road blocks and drive successful outcomes.
Chief Operating Officer, Hall & Wilcox
Sumith is the Chief Operating Officer and the national Head of Corporate Services at Hall & Wilcox. He has over 20 years’ experience in leading and managing teams at professional services firms.
Sumith has the overall responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations at Hall & Wilcox and coordinating the activities of the firm’s corporate services areas including:
- Business Development, Marketing & Communications
- Client Solutions
- Legal Excellence & Risk
- People & Culture
Sumith is known for his commercial approach and ability to lead complex time critical projects. He has lead the implementation of the firm’s national expansion strategy. He is responsible for leading the firm’s ‘Smarter law’ strategy developing new and better ways of working with our clients to deliver real value.
Founder, Diversity Lab/OnRamp Fellowship
Caren has worked with the world's top law firms, including Arnold & Porter, Cooley, and Weil Gotshal, for more than 20 years to recruit, develop, and advance the best talent. After co-founding Lawyer Metrics to better understand the traits of high-performers through "Moneyball" analyses, Caren created the Diversity Lab to focus exclusively on closing the gender gap in the legal field and beyond. Data, science, and design-thinking are at the core of everything the Lab does.
The Lab's hallmark project – the OnRamp Fellowship – is the first “Returnship” ever launched for women in law firms and has now expanded into financial services and legal departments across the globe. To inspire others to innovate, Caren partnered with Stanford Law and Bloomberg to execute the inaugural “Women in Law Hackathon” – a pitch competition aimed at generating ideas to boost the retention and advancement of women in law.
Caren's work has been featured in Fast Company, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, and on Fox News.
Caren was awarded the NALP Mark of Distinction in 2009, the InnovAction Award by the College of Law Practice Management in 2014, the Ms. JD “Strength in Numbers” Award, the Catalyst #DisruptTheDefault award in 2015, and the American Bar Association Golden Hammer Award in 2016. She was also elected in 2010 as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice's Commission in 2013.
Most recently, Caren was selected as one of the inaugural Tory Burch Foundation Fellows.
Caren is an adjunct professor for the University of Denver College of Law, a Judicial Performance Commissioner in Boulder, and a board member for DirectWomen. She is the founder of TalentThinkTank.com, a collaborative blog with 25+ experts, and has contributed to more than 250 talent management presentations and publications.
Director, Funding and Disclosure Implementation, Victorian Electoral Commission
Suzie is the Director at the Victorian Electoral Commission leading the implementation of a major electoral reform which will see 'real time' recording of political donations, viewable by the public.
She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts.
Suzie has led effective transformational change in enterprise risk management, internal audit and procurement reform in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet engaging stakeholders at a range of levels to achieve the change. She has strong skills in governance, board, audit and risk committee relations.
Suzie is an experienced lawyer with private, public and academic sector legal, policy and operational experience in Australia and internationally. She possesses a blend of private sector and government experience enabling her to bring commercial rigour to a government, university or not-for-profit context.
Graduate, Talbot Sayer and Podcaster, Talking Cents
Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Information Technology from QUT in December 2018. She is a graduate at corporate law firm, Talbot Sayer. As a university student, Rachel founded two businesses, a mobile app and microfiber towel business.
Rachel has been involved with The Legal Forecast (TLF), a not-for profit organisation that focuses on innovation and technology since 2016. Her work with TLF has included acting as a Queensland Executive Board Member and co-developing the concept of Disrupting Law, a 54 hour hackathon launched in 2016, which brings together students and industry to tackle legal problems using innovation and technology.
In keeping with her commitment to innovation that makes a difference, Rachel and her sister Caitlin recently launched a podcast series called Talking Cents (TC). TC showcases the work of a number of finance experts in a way that makes “good sense” and helps millennials to get ahead. Rachel is passionate about how technology can advance the legal world and looks forward to what will surface in the legaltech space!
Manager Director, Law Hawk Ltd
I’m a corporate and finance lawyer, legal template developer and businessman with more than 17 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 don’t excite me, but great precedents, efficiency and helping other lawyers do great work does, so I retired from BF and established LawHawk. Using HotDocs’ world leading cloud technology, LawHawk makes law and procurement faster and better through advanced automated legal templates which can create customised legal documents - real smart contracts - in minutes.
LawHawk’s automated legal precedents are very fast to use, and also contain built-in legal compliance checks and real time legal training. Greater delegation with higher speed and lower risk will free lawyers at all levels to do the more valuable and interesting work they want to do.
As a fully managed cloud service, available to anyone with an internet connection, LawHawk can help the New Zealand legal profession and economy, making law:
- faster, but also better;
- cheaper and more accessible, but also more profitable;
- simpler, but way more customised, and
- more sustainable and enjoyable for lawyers who want to do great work but also have a life outside of work.
It’s the tools I wish I had when I was in practice, and that I believe law firms will want and need to thrive in a digital world.
I love big challenges and I get things done, and believe the prospects have never been better for small and agile law firms and their lawyers.