LEGALPRENEURS LAB (LP 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 CRITERIA AND BENEFITS
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
- practical legal educators
- 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 2019/2020 – Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland will be first!
- 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
LP LAB INCUBATORS
The LP Lab will launch its first incubators in Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland in 2019/2020. We expect that these incubators will provide a place, space and opportunity for proponents of legal practice innovation to meet often, virtually or in-person, to identify real life, pressing challenges in contemporary legal practice, and work on practical solutions that have immediate application.
Initially, we expect we will need to work together to lay some foundations, find a common language and identify the common challenges we need to solve, with priority, for our clients. There will be benefits in taking a little time to do this – establishing new networks, understanding how people with different backgrounds and approaches provide a new way of looking at things and, ultimately solving them too. Our incubators, just like the LP Lab itself, are about building a learning community, a safe place to experiment, something we believe happens best when people trust and know each other well.
We will be working on customising the details of the incubators with a Steering Group in each city in the second part of 2019. We don’t want to assume how these incubators can best achieve their objectives or be constrained by how incubators work elsewhere, that history will provide a helpful beginning but instead, we want to make sure that the LP Lab incubators support the needs, expectations and priorities of the cities where they are located and for that to be achieved, collaboration and customisation will be key.
If you would like to be a part of an LP Lab incubator from the beginning and help us establish the framework and create something special, please contact Terri Mottershead, Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation on email@example.com.
LP LAB SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
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.
LP LAB MEMBERSHIP FEES
We admit individual members only. We do not offer corporate memberships. Membership is offered in 6 month intervals and tracks the Australian financial year from 1 July to 30 June:
- AU $300 plus GST (full year): Members joining at any time up to and including 31 December 2019 will enjoy membership until 30 June 2020.
- AU $200 plus GST (half year): Members joining on or after 1 January 2020, will enjoy membership until 30 June 2020.
College of Law alumni, College of Law Legal Practice Management Course graduates, friends of CLI, ALPMA members, Law Society and Bar Association members are entitled to 10% discount off the LP Lab membership fee.+
Upon the creation of your account during the membership application process, “Law Society Members” should tick that box and COL alumni and all other groups listed here, should tick the “College of Law Alumni” box, then proceed to pay your fees.
+Please note discounts are not cumulative for applicants who fall into more than one category.
We do not refund membership fees. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions
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CONTACT LP LAB
If you have questions about the LP Lab or we can be of further assistance, please contact us at LPLab@collaw.edu.au or phone: +61 7 3234 4541 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia).
Our office hours are 9am-5pm (Brisbane time).