09 April 2020

CLI launches Innovation Incubators 2020

Published on 09 April 2020
By popular demand: Now open to applicants throughout Australia and New Zealand

9 APRIL 2020: The Centre for Legal Innovation at The College of Law (CLI) formally launched its 2020 Legalpreneurs Lab Innovation Incubators today. The Incubators will provide an opportunity for applicants to conceive, develop and launch an innovation project in their law firm or legal department with the online support of specialist coaches over 6-12 months. It is anticipated that the first Incubator projects will kick off in early June. Participation in the Incubators is free.

Applications will be sought from law firms and legal departments located in Australia and New Zealand. Proposed projects will need to fall into one of four key areas supported by specialist coaches in that area:


Key Area Specialist Coaches
1. Leading and managing the new multidisciplinary workforce
(recruit/retain/retrain/retrench strategies; remote working arrangements; flexibility/flexible workforce; working effectively as a blended workforce (internal and external employees); advancing women; career paths for all; skills for future work)
Anu Briggs
Head of Capability, Development + Change
Gilbert + Tobin

Jan Christie
Capability + Development Manager
Gilbert + Tobin
2. Creating a collaborative culture
(breaking down the silos across departments, geographies and how we level the playing field when we can’t all be in the same room; improving internal communication; stopping turf wars; redefining networks, partnering and client integration through e.g. new project experimentation, tech development, etc.)
Nyk Loates
U-Collaborate, KPMG Innovate
3. Redefining value
(how pricing can transform your practice and your relationship with your clients; new key predictive indicators, metrics and compensation models for timeless law firms in the 2020’s)
John Chisholm
Innovim Group

David Wells
Innovim Group
4. Championing change
(continuous improvement; agility; adaptability; experimentation; change management; overcoming traditional views; dissolving hierarchies; open to new ideas; mindset shifts)
Anthony Wright
Head of LOD Innovation & Design

Amanda Fajerman
Head of LOD Legal Technology & Design


Interested in applying?
  • Watch the Information Webinar for Prospective Applicants held on Tuesday 28 April

  • Read the CLI Innovation Incubators FAQs

  • Submit your application at any time using the online Application Form

Applications close at 5.00pm AEST on 18 May.

“We’re super excited about this initiative. These incubators are not about legaltech development. That’s very important but tends to get stuck if people don’t get some other practice related fundamentals right – these incubators will bring into focus practical solutions for those ‘other areas’”.

“This is a fabulous opportunity to work in a virtual, collaborative environment with smart people who are committed to moving the needle forward in legal industry transformation. We’ve been able to make all of this available for free due to the incredible generosity of a world class group of specialist coaches, all of whom are donating their time. They’re as passionate and committed to helping and supporting innovation in the legal industry as any one we know“said CLI Executive Director, Terri Mottershead.

“For law firms and legal departments who have been forced to innovate recently and want to do more, this is where they will get to do just that with the support, accountability and experience sharing that comes when you work with an enthusiastic and committed group of legalpreneurs and great coaches.”