Legalpreneurs Lab

Legalpreneurs Lab


The LP Lab is a place where ideas are born and practical solutions are found through experimentation, collaboration, knowledge and experience sharing.

The objective of the LP Lab is to create a collaborative learning community for those with an interest in reinventing, innovating and transforming legal practice.



LP Lab membership is open to anyone working in the legal industry or with legal professionals and with an interest in the reinvention, innovation and transformation of legal practice:

  • solicitors and barristers (in-house, government and private practice)
  • legal aid and community legal centres
  • law firm and legal department business managers
  • bankers
  • accountants
  • academics
  • practical legal educators
  • consultants
  • business analysts
  • data scientists
  • software developers
  • operations managers
  • IT professionals
  • knowledge management professionals
  • people management professionals
  • robotics designers
  • computer scientists
  • legal innovation proponents and specialists

LP Lab membership benefits include access to:

  • A diverse international network of professions and professionals
  • Our Geeky Gurus (GG), specialists in nominated topics and, this includes a free initial 15 minute consultation with the guru of your choice at any time. Our GG panel will build over time. Please see additional details below.
  • LinkedIn Private Group for member only communications with peers and industry leaders wherever they might be located in the world.
  • Our invitation only, practical and solution driven Roundtables.
  • The LP Lab incubators (see section below) which we will be rolling out across Australia and New Zealand from 2020.
  • Meet-ups, case studies and briefings on legaltech, emerging new law business and staffing models for legal services and products innovation.*
  • Membership of Special Interest Groups of your choice – we expect these will be identified by members and launch during the LP Lab’s first year (see section below).
  • Free webinars, podcasts (The Legalpreneurs Sandbox) and live events.*
  • Free industry research conducted by our Fellows and industry partners.
  • Exclusive LP Lab discounts** including discounted membership of the CLI Chief Innovation Officers Forum and attendance at the annual CLI Innovation in Legal Practice Summit.

Application to become an LP Lab member constitutes an agreement to be bound by the LP Lab Membership Criteria and Benefits.

*Please note your LP Lab membership entitles you to attend any LP Lab live event wherever that might occur around the world. To distinguished these from, and avoid any confusion with other College of Law or Centre for Legal Innovation events, LP Lab live events will be clearly identified for members. We will hold LP Lab live events in cities where membership numbers are sufficient to support us bringing people together face-to-face.

**Please note discounts are not cumulative.



One of the most common questions we have encountered in the work undertaken by the Centre for Legal Innovation to date is: “Where do I find a specialist in…” a number of different topics. These questions are often resolved by asking for recommendations from friends, colleagues or clients. We wanted to assist members by providing a list of hot topics and people who will be able to assist you with your questions, big and small. We have called this group of specialists our Geeky Gurus (GGs) and we have listed their names and areas of specialism below. This is a dynamic list so it will change – we will be sure to let you know when we add more GGs to the list!

Please also note, in offering 15 minutes free consultation from a GG (Free Advice Session) the Centre for Legal Innovation and The College of Law are acting only as a referral service and do not assume any liability, or take any responsibility in respect of any Free Advice Session or any subsequent commercial relationship entered into between you and the GG (Subsequent Advice).

The Centre for Legal Innovation and The College of Law do not represent or warrant the accuracy or completeness of any information provided during a Free Advice Session or Subsequent Advice. The Centre for Legal Innovation and The College of Law are not responsible for any loss suffered as a result of or associated with the use of any information received by you in the Free Advice Session or the Subsequent Advice.

Further, the advice provided by a GG does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

The Centre for Legal Innovation and The College of Law do not take any commission or benefit from the Free Advice Session or the Subsequent Advice.

The GGs are:

John Chisholm, Director, The Innovim Group – pricing of legal services

Peter Dombkins, Director, NewLaw, PwC Australia & Adjunct Associate Professor, UNSW (Law) – Legal project management – Legal project management

Amanda Fajerman, Head of Legal Technology, LOD Innovation – legal operations

Sam Flynn, Co-Founder, Josef – lawyerbots

Mary Hockaday, Director, MBH Consulting Pty Ltd – leadership, strategy, talent management, organisational design, risk and corporate governance, coaching and mentoring

Alison Laird, Director, Laird Innovations - legal innovation, legal innovation initiatives and committees

Melissa Lyon, Associate Principal, Hive Legal – legal design thinking

Fiona McLay, Principal Consultant, McLay Legal - getting started with tech projects in a small team and in small litigation cases

Katherine Thomas, CEO, Free Range Lawyers - flexible work arrangements

Gene Turner, Managing Director, LawHawk – document automation

Carl White, Director and Chief Experience Officer, CXINLAW– client experience and client journey mapping

David Williams, CEO & Cyber Security Advisor, FortiTech – cyber security, managed technology services and telephony




The LP Lab Innovation Incubators launched in April 2020. The incubators 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.

Proposed projects for the incubators need to fall into one of four key areas: leading and managing the new multidisciplinary workforce; creating a collaborative culture; redefining value; or championing change.

It is anticipated that the first Incubator projects will kick off in early June 2020 Australia and New Zealand. Participation in the Incubators is free.

For more information about the incubators including detailed FAQs, please click here.



The LP Lab has launched six Special Interest Groups (SIGs) so far. Your LP Lab membership gives you immediate, free access to all of them. Once you join the LP Lab, just let us know which SIGs you would like to join:

  • Better Betas: The focus of this SIG is on matching legaltech start-ups looking for beta testers in specific practice areas and initiatives.
  • Legal Design Thinkers:This focus of this SIG is on creating a place where those working or interested in the concepts and application of legal design thinking in legal practice, can connect, collaborate and share experience.
  • LegalTech and A2J: The focus of this SIG is to provide a platform for the legaltech community to connect with community legal centres and pro bono initiatives to collaborate on legaltech solutions to support A2J.
  • Reinventing Legal Business: The focus of this SIG is on creating a learning community for legal business executives to explore, discuss and collaborate on the new and emerging legal business models and different ways to deliver legal services and products within and outside the legal industry.
  • Young Legalpreneurs: led by our Young Legalpreneurs Scholars, this SIG focuses on building a learning community for early career professionals.
  • Women Legalpreneurs: The focus of this SIG is on creating a learning community for entrepreneurial women in the legal industry, or related to it, through connecting them, encouraging the sharing of experience and consequently supporting women to lead the transformation of the legal industry.



We admit individual members only. We do not offer corporate memberships. We are offering complimentary membership (no fee) to the LP Lab from 1 July 2020 until 30 June 2021. This will give you the opportunity to be part of this amazing learning community – see what we do, how we do it, expand your network, share your experience, contribute to and implement practical solutions in your practice using the right legaltech and by prioritising the right innovation projects. You’ll see the Membership Criteria and Benefits listed above.

To join, you’ll need to email us with your name, job title, firm/organisation name, email and phone contact details at: and let us know how your work matches the Membership Criteria.



Please also refer to the LP Lab Frequently Asked Questions for a summary of frequently asked questions and answers about the LP Lab.



If you have questions about the LP Lab or we can be of further assistance, please contact us at or phone: +61 7 3234 4541 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia).
Our office hours are 9am-5pm (Brisbane time).