Summit Program

At the core of our planning is our desire to reconnect our members, colleagues, partners and industry professionals at this three-day in-person Summit on the Gold Coast. The ALPMA 2022 Summit program will feature keynote speakers, workshops, plenary concurrent sessions, panel discussions, and a well-being session.

View the Detailed Program below, current as of 12th July 2022 and subject to change

The detailed session descriptions are below the program outline at the bottom of the page. 

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TIME (AEST) DAY 1
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome to Country.
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Warrick McLean, ALPMA Summit 2022 MC
Welcome to Summit 2022
Dion Cusack, President, ALPMA 
10:15 – 10:35 Dye & Durham Summit Research Report
Peter Maloney, Managing Director, Dye & Durham
10:35 – 11:35 KEYNOTE ADDRESS – “The Adaptability Quotient – The most important skill for the 21st century, and how to start cultivating it right now”
Future Crunch  
11:35 – 11:45 COFFEE BREAK
11:45 – 12:00 Digital Connectivity and Securely Sharing a Property Contract of Sale
Lee Bailie, Head of Property, InfoTrack
12:00 – 13:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS – “Harnessing the Power of Different Thinking”
Callum McKirdy, Author
13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 17:00 KEYNOTE WORKSHOPS
Workshop I Workshop II
14:00 – 15:30 Personal Story Telling Workshop
Future Crunch
Leveraging your Team’s Uniqueness
Callum McKirdy
15:30 – 16:00 AFTERNOON TEA
16:00 – 17:30 Personal Story Telling Workshop
Future Crunch
Leveraging your Team’s Uniqueness
Callum McKirdy
17:30 – 20:30 Welcome Cocktail Function

Program as of 12 July 2022 and subject to change

TIME (AEST) DAY 2
07:00 – 07:45 Mind Your Mojo© – Morning Mindful movement
Angela Smith, Collective Intelligence
09:00 – 09:15 Modernise without Compromise — Building a Modern Law Firm, One Step at a Time
David Hepburn, Actionstep Global President
09:15 – 09:45 Mind Your Mojo© – Mindful self-care
Angela Smith, Collective Intelligence
09:45 – 10:45 Financial Skills for the Future
Alena Bennett, CFO Boardroom
10:45 – 11:15 MORNING TEA
11:15 – 13:15  PLENARY STREAMS
STREAM I STREAM 2 STREAM 3
11:15 – 12:15 The client experience journey explained
Kim Wiegand and David Goener, Beaton
Telling a story with data
Robyna May, Verlata Consulting
Leading with Strength
Kathryn Jackson, Career Balance
12:15 – 13:15 BD and brand building – what does it look like post-pandemic?
Debra Filippin, Pinsent Masons, and Katherine Gilbey, IPH
Women are showing up why don’t they stay?
Allison Warburton &
Bronwyn Eynon-Lewis, Lacuna Professional Solutions
An Eight Point Plan to Transform Your Business for Success
Grant Field, MGI – Business & Financial Advisors
13:15 – 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 14:15 Dye & Durham
14:15 – 15:15

PRESENTATION

 

Fixing Partner Reward: A Blueprint For Performance With Purpose

Ray D’Cruz, Performance Leader

 

WORKSHOP*

BD has changed post-pandemic…here is your menu of what
to do (and what not to do). Women are showing up why
don’t they stay?
Debra Filippin, Pinsent Masons, and Katherine Gilbey, IPH

*Exclusively for Laywers

15:15 – 15:45 AFTERNOON TEA
15:45 – 16:00 PEAK Partner Presentation
16:00 – 17:00 CEO PANEL DISCUSSION
Panelists:
Tessa van Duyn, CEO & Practice Leader, Moores
Zoe Lynam, Co-CEO, Proximity
Lee James, CEO, Fletcher Vautier Moore
Mark Wiggins, CEO, Hall Payne Lawyers
18:00 – 19:00 TRANSIT TO ALPMA AWARDS DINNER
19:00 – 22:30 ALPMA AWARDS DINNER
Miami Marketta

Program as of 12 July 2022 and subject to change

TIME (AEST) DAY 3
09:15 – 09:30 Dye & Durham
09:30 – 10:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Layne Beachley AO
10:30 – 11:00 MORNING TEA
11:00 – 11:15 Digital Transformation and Change Management
Jennifer Cathcart, Regional Management APAC, NetDocuments
11:15 – 12:15 New Equation for Success in Law in the Digital Age
Carl White and Eric Chin, PwC NewLaw
12:15 – 13:15 PLENARY STREAMS 
SESSION 4 SESSION 5 SESSION 6
12:15 – 13:15

ESG – CSR – Sustainability – The evolving expectations driving law firms to consider a bigger picture.

Dion Cusack, K&L Gates
Michael Boley, Landers & Rogers
Richard Jennings, AusLSA

NewLaw Careers
Terri Mottershead, Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation
The Millennial: What Are They, What Do We Do With Them and Why They Are Your Best Business Asset Ever!
Kiarah Grace Kelly, Brisbane Family Law Centre
13:15 – 14:15 LUNCH
14:15 – 15:15 Community of Practice
15:15 – 15:30 ALPMA Summit 2022 Closing Ceremony
END

Program as of 12 July 2022 and subject to change

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Day 1: Wednesday 31 August 2022

Future Crunch: The Adaptability Quotient - The most important skill for the 21st century, and how to start cultivating it right now

Keynote Address: The Adaptability Quotient – The most important skill for the 21st century, and how to start cultivating it right now

Future Crunch

The world is changing at such a rapid rate. Even as a global pandemic has upended billions of lives, information continues to pour onto screens at unparalleled speed, office buildings are no longer the places where work gets done, entire cities are now powered by the wind and the sun, and we are manipulating the code of life itself to cure disease. Combined with a generational mindset shift in how we view the world, many are wondering how to remain relevant. What’s the key quality for success in a time of constant upheaval? 

With trademark humour, dynamism and gold-plated research, Future Crunch tackles what the Harvard Business Review calls, “the new competitive advantage.” You’ve heard of IQ and EQ; this century belongs to those that are quick to read and act on signals of change. People with a high Adaptability Quotientthe ability to thrive in unpredictable environments. Instead of being really good at doing one thing, people with a high AQ are really good at learning how to do new things.

Drawing on the latest insights from the worlds of technology, neuroscience and management, this talk reveals why the best predictor of success is how individuals and organizations embrace rapid experimentation. Audiences will walk away with an understanding of what it takes to foster AQ, how to identify it in others, and how it can be a superpower for anyone looking to maintain an advantage in the next economy

Callum McKirdy: Harnessing the Power of different thinking.

Keynote Address: Harnessing the Power of different thinking.

Callum McKirdy

In a disrupted world, reaching new heights requires leaders to think differently about different thinking. Our organisations still rely heavily on pre-covid people-management processes that see us lead in a one size fits most approach. Yet, every workplace has a cohort of untapped potential that lives and works at the edges of the bell curve.

In this entertaining and insightful keynote, Callum McKirdy will explore who these people are in your practice, how they show-up and how you can tap into their differences for everyone’s individual and collective benefit.

 

Workshop I: Personal Story Telling Workshop

Workshop I: Personal Story Telling Workshop

Future Crunch

  • After 2 years of interacting with each other on screens, people have realised that personal connection is more important than ever.
  • In this workshop participants will be guided through a step by step process showing them how to craft their own personal story, and be able to tell it to any audience.
  • This is a simple yet powerful skill, and one which can be used both in and outside working environments. allowing people to create genuine connection in person, and online.
Workshop II: Leveraging your team’s uniqueness

Workshop II: Leveraging your team’s uniqueness

Callum McKirdy

Recruiting for ‘fit’ has seen us develop teams that often struggle to challenge each other in ways that spiral into unhealthy and unhelpful conflict because we feel difference and disagreement is counter to a healthy organisational culture. But what if your team could enhance it differences, be more productive and have a better experience of work by giving up the need to be the same and celebrating your uniqueness?

In this interactive workshop, Callum McKirdy will take you through practical tips to:

  • Lead a culture of bringing your whole self to work – why, how and to what end?
  • Make the best use of your team’s uniqueness by exploring where you diverge as well as converge.

This session will see you develop a practical resource to take back to your practice to further uncover, unlock and unleash your team’s collective points of difference.

Day 2: Thursday 1 September 2022

Angela Smith: Morning Mindful Movement

Mind Your Mojo: Morning Mindful Movement (07:00 am – 07:45 am)

Angela Smith, Collective Intelligence

Begin your morning with a gentle, 45-minute mindful movement practice. A blend of Hatha Yoga and Qi Gong, this practice will help your body and mind gently awaken as you prepare to move through the day. This session is for everyone who would like to start their day with a nice, relaxed stretch.

Session outcomes:

  • Calm, alert mind,
  • Gently stretched body, and
  • A body and mind that is ready to meet the day.
Angela Smith: Mindful Self-care

Mind Your Mojo: Mindful Self-care (09:15 am – 09:45 am)

Angela Smith, Collective Intelligence

Start your day as you plan to go on: calm, clear-minded, and creative. Prepare for the day ahead by investing 30-minutes in yourself with this mindfulness session to improve focus, declutter the mind, and lift mental fog.

Session outcomes:

  • Calm alertness,
  • A settled mind, and
  • A sense of feeling Relaxed and ready.
Stream I, Kim Wiegand & David Goener: The Client Experience Journey Explained

Stream I (11:15 – 12:15) The Client Experience Journey Explained

Kim Wiegand & David Goener, Beaton

You may have heard of the client experience, or CX, but very few firms can articulate what this looks like in practice, either for their clients or themselves. There is general acknowledgement that increased levels of client service can result in greater client loyalty, internal employee engagement and firm revenue. But, where does the client experience start and end, and who’s responsibility is it?

In this session, the partners of beaton will explore the typical legal services client journey from ‘start’ to ‘end’ touching on various aspects along the way, including the:

  • use of best practice sales and pursuit activities;
  • impact of firm culture on client perception;
  • importance of workflow and operational efficiencies;
  • the need for purposeful communication; and
  • risk of ignoring ongoing relationship management.

Kim Wiegand and David Goener will bring together Beaton research supported by years of industry expertise to highlight the most impactful areas of the client journey for you to consider.

Stream II, Robyna May: Telling Stories with Data

Stream II (11:15 – 12:15) Telling Stories with Data

Robyna May, Verlata Consulting

This session explores applying story telling techniques to your reporting, enabling a clear narrative to be shared with your team and clients.

How can we use our data in a way that excites and engages?  In a way that drives change and ensures people understand and trust what they are looking at?

Law firms are increasingly sharing visualised data, but even the most beautiful report will lack engagement if the narrative, context, and purpose is not clear. Which is where data story telling comes in. Stories make sense of the world around us and attempt to answer difficult questions.
Data storytelling allows us to simplify and distil complex data into actionable insights that are immediately understood.

This session will look at:

  • What is data storytelling  (beyond the jargon) and why data storytelling is important
  • How to apply story telling techniques to report design, including audience, characters, setting and theme
  • The business questions you can answer with your data through data story telling
  • What tools are available to you (including ones you already own) to uncover your data and tell stories with your data
  • Real life examples of data storying telling within law firms

This session does not require any specialised data knowledge.
It will be helpful for anyone looking to extract and present their data in new ways to add value to your firm.

Stream III, Kathryn Jackson: Leading with Strength – Ten tips for turbulent times

Stream III (11:15 – 12:15) Leading with Strength – Ten tips for turbulent times

Kathryn Jackson, Career Balance

What if it were possible to live and work in this stressful world and still enjoy mostly good days?

This interactive and engaging workshop has grown from lived experience of the Canterbury earthquake rebuild and will explore how the science of wellbeing could help you (and your practice) grow stronger despite the challenges we continue to face. As a Leadership Coach supporting high performing teams in this stressful environment, Kathryn had the opportunity of working with the crisis professionals that were exploring the difference between those who were simply surviving, versus those who still found ways to thrive.

What she learned was designed into her book, Resilience at Work – which is now an interactive resilience programme run in collaboration with NZ Red Cross.  Their team describes Kathryn’s focus as “the fence at the top of the cliff” and it is her personal belief is that if our people are reaching the bottom, then we are failing them as their leaders and fellow humans.

This workshop aims to provide a polite disruption to the way we are handling stress within workplaces and will be of interest to any leader who wants to take wellbeing beyond food, fitness and a splash of yoga.

Expect to walk away with a better understanding of how wellbeing and resilience intertwine, a reflection on new ways to navigate stress and ideas for building wellbeing more deliberately into your workplace (rather than leaving it to chance).  Practical takeaways will include resources to embed your learning.

High pressure, high performing environments can be the most incredible places to work, but only when we all understand what need to do to thrive in them.

Stream I, Debra Filippin and Katherin Gilbey: BD and brand building – what does it look like post-pandemic?

Stream I (12:15 – 13:15) BD and brand building – what does it look like post-pandemic?

Debra Filippin and Katherin Gilbey

The pandemic brought about immense changes, with some of those impacting how law firms approach business development and building their firm’s brand. What really has changed?

In this session Debra Filippin and Katherine Gilbey take you through some of the areas they have seen change during this time, and make some predictions about what is ahead as we navigate beyond the pandemic and into a world that sees client development at the fore.

Questions this session will answer include:

  • How were traditional BD and brand building activities affected during the pandemic, and which ones did (and didn’t) make the cut?
  • Where should firms encourage their lawyers to focus their efforts?
  • What has changed in relation to clients? Do we approach client development in a different way?
Stream II, Allison Warburton and Bronwyn Eynon-Lewis - Women are showing up why don’t they stay?

Stream II (12:15 – 13:15) Women are showing up why don’t they stay?

Allison Warburton and Bronwyn Eynon-Lewis, Lacuna Legal

What the Women in Your Firm Want You to Know

Since ALPMA last met, there has been great celebration by women in the legal industry as there are now 53% women in the profession compared to 47% men. Scratch beneath the surface of those glistening figures and there is a different tale of women in law.

Women are choosing not to stay in private practice and current practices are not changing these trends fast enough. Real change is needed to keep females in law firms. How do we know this?

During this session, we will share with the audience the things we know are happening to women in law firms but they are not talking about, and why management in law firms has a responsibility to support these women.

Stream III, Grant Field - An Eight Point Plan to Transform Your Business for Success

Stream III (12:15 – 13:15) An Eight Point Plan to Transform Your Business for Success

Grant Field, MGI – Business & Financial Advisors

An Eight Point Plan to Transform Your Business for Success

  • Develop a Financial Scoreboard to drive business performance.
  • Understand what financial ‘levers’ to pull to maximise business performance.
  • Understand your business model and how that impacts the decisions you should make.
  • My Top 3 metrics to assess the performance of your business.
  • My Top 5 reasons why businesses run out of cash.
  • Understand how your business performs against your peers.
  • A simple, fool proof way to develop and implement a strategy for growth.
  • How to implement a simple, yet powerful one page business plan.
Ray D'Cruz - Fixing Partner Reward: A Blueprint For Performance With Purpose

(14:15 – 15:15) Fixing Partner Reward: A Blueprint For Performance With Purpose

Ray D’Cruz

How your firm manages and rewards equity partner contribution says everything about the ethos and purpose of your firm. 

In this session Ray will discuss a collection of key insights from his upcoming book, The Partner Remuneration Handbookco-authored with Michael Roch, and published by Global Law & Business.

Ray will draw on the of the ideas and frameworks created through the course of researching and writing the book, to discus:

  • How to help partners play to their strengths (and move beyond the one-size-fits-all partner contribution model used in most firms)
  • How firms can balance short-term production and origination metrics with more strategic measures that assess collaboration, DEI and clients
  • What’s wrong with the partner review process and how to fix it
  • Simple next steps law firm leaders and managers can take to influence the future
Workshop 3 : BD for Lawyers - An exclusive workshop for Lawyers at the 2022 ALPMA Summit

Workshop III (14:00 – 15:30) BD has changed post-pandemic…here is your menu of what to do (and what not to do)

Debra Filippin and Katherine Gilbey

Exclusive workshop for Lawyers

The pandemic brought about immense changes, with some of those impacting how lawyers approach business development and building their personal brand.

In this interactive workshop Debra Filippin and Katherine Gilbey will talk through different approaches to business development scenarios lawyers regularly face (both in person, and online).

Questions this session will answer include:

  • Networking: What are the new essentials for successful networking, including in a virtual environment?
  • Client meetings: How have these changed, and how to get the best outcomes before, during and after the meeting?
  • Personal branding: How to do this successfully from the comfort of your (home) office?
  • Business planning: What does it look like now, and where do you begin?

Day 3: Friday 2 September 2022

Carl White & Eric Chin: New Equation for Success in Law in the Digital Age

New Equation for Success in Law in the Digital Age

Carl White & Eric Chin, PwC NewLaw

In a post-pandemic world where the future of legal is increasingly agile and unfolding before our eyes, a New Equation for success in Law is required to Reach New Heights.

The future of legal is people-led and technology-enabled where empowered teams fuse client centredness with legal expertise and commercial nous to solve human needs. In our ‘next normal’ law firms will view problems from new angles and uncover profitable solutions for their clients, staff and the wider community. Developing a unique combination of these capabilities within your firm presents challenges and opportunities – and getting it right leads to better business for a stronger world.

In this visionary and practical presentation two leading voices in the legal profession, Carl White and Eric Chin explore what Reaching New Heights will demand of law firms in a world that is changing profoundly around us all. Join them to unlock what the New Equation in Law means for your legal organisation.

Stream VI: Kiarah Kelly - The Millennial: What Are They, What Do We Do With Them and Why They Are Your Best Business Asset Ever

Stream VI: (12:15 – 13:15) The Millennial: What Are They, What Do We Do With Them and Why They Are Your Best Business Asset Ever

Kiarah Kelly

‘Zillennials’ a dangerous combination between Gen Z and Millennials, will have been born between 1990 and 2005, instilled with a sense of self-esteem from a very young age, raised by baby boomers with a sense of hope and positivity for tomorrow. This is where it all went wrong.

Employing this group is inevitable (millennials will soon make up the majority of the workforce). So how do we do it well? This presentation will provide practical tools to make the most of your future workforce.

Stream IV: ESG – CSR - Sustainability – The evolving expectations driving law firms to consider a bigger picture.

Stream IV: (12:15 – 13:15) ESG – CSR – Sustainability – The evolving expectations driving law firms to consider a bigger picture.

Dion Cusack, Michael Boley, Richard Jennings

Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environmental Social Governance (ESG), Corporate Stewardship???? What does it all mean, why is it important for law firms and how can you get started?

More than ever, organisations are developing programs that focus on improving and demonstrating their broader value to society and the environment. These strategies are partly driven by the growing expectations of a broad group of stakeholders including; regulators, investors, customers, employees, suppliers, and community groups. Law firms are a great example of organisations that stand to benefit from understanding the connection between creating social/environmental value and their own firm’s future prosperity.

Explore the journey to improve law firm sustainability with the Australian Legal Sector Alliance and sustainability leaders at K&L Gates and Lander and Rogers.

Stream V: NewLaw Careers – Are they reflecting or redefining and reinventing legal practice?

Stream V: (12:15 – 13:15) NewLaw Careers – Are they reflecting or redefining and reinventing legal practice? 

Terri Mottershead, Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation

Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environmental Social Governance (ESG), Corporate Stewardship???? What does it all mean, why is it important for law firms and how can you get started?

The legal ecosystem has changed. Delivery of legal services and products requires the capabilities of many people working seamlessly in collaboration with each other and customers/clients. Great – so how do we make that happen? Who are these people? What are their capabilities? What’s “new” about these careers? And, what’s the business impact of, and the business case for, all of this? In this session, Terri Mottershead will answer these questions and a whole lot more!