We are excited to announce our 2018 ALPMA Summit speakers! More speakers will be announced soon.

Joel Barolsky
Managing Director, Barolsky Advisors Pty Ltd

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Joel is the MD and Founder of Barolsky Advisors, a leading management consulting firm with a deep understanding of the culture and complexities of law firms. Barolsky Advisors focus is on strategy and strategy implementation.

Joel is a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne and a former Principal of Beaton Research & Consulting. He is on the Advisory Board of the College of Law’s Centre for Legal Innovation and creator of the PRICE HIGH OR LOW iPhone app.

He is a recognised thought leader evidenced by regular conference keynotes, press mentions and the global reach of his blog, Relationship Capital. Joel has advised over 100 of Australia and Asia’s leading professional service organisations. Around 70% of his clients are repeat clients or come directly from referrals from existing clients.

Grevis Beard
Co-Founder and Director, Worklogic

Photo - Grevis Beard WorklogicGrevis Beard is a highly experienced and widely-respected lawyer, author and workplace investigator. Grevis is a co-founder and director at Worklogic, an Australian market-leader in identifying, preventing & resolving workplace misconduct.  He is the co-author of “Workplace Investigations” published by Wolters Kluwer in 2018. Together with co-director Rose Bryant-Smith, Grevis has also written “Fix Your Team”, published this August by Wiley. “Fix Your Team” gives managers the tools to rectify team dysfunction.

Grevis speaks knowledgably and diplomatically on how to resolve workplace conflict, manage people risk and build a positive culture at work. Grevis has deep expertise on how to conduct fair and reliable workplace investigations into allegations of bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination and fraud.

Grevis has a personable, engaging style. Both informative and highly-entertaining, he takes his audience on an interactive journey and provides practical, actionable insights that can be immediately applied at work.

Tim Corcoran
Principal, Corcoran Consulting Group

Tim Corcoran HeadshotTimothy B. Corcoran is a keynote speaker, consultant, author, and legal commentator. With deep experience spanning two decades as a corporate executive, he guides law firm and law department leaders through the profitable disruption of outdated business models.

Tim’s confident and irreverent stage presence enables him to bring levity to topics of particular gravitas, while masterfully navigating tough discussions from a refreshing perspective. Audiences cite Tim’s simplification of complex concepts, a reduced learning curve, and actionable take aways as key factors in catalyzing their change process.


Sam Coupland
Director, FRMC

Sam-Coupland-photo-2014Sam joined FMRC in January 2000 and became a Director in July 2006.  His client facing roles span direct consulting and management training.

Sam’s consulting work is predominantly providing advice to smaller partnerships.  These firms are facing increasing demographic and economic pressures which they feel ill equipped to face on their own.  In any one year he would be engaged by 50+ firms to assist with strategic planning, partner compensation, equity valuation and succession related issues.

Sam is considered the foremost authority on law firm valuations and would value more law firms than anyone else in Australia.  He has developed a robust valuation methodology which calculates an accurate capitalisation rate that assesses the risk profile, cash flow and profitability of the firm.

John Flood
Professor of Law and Society, Griffith University

Flood at UNSWJohn Flood is Professor of Law and Society and Inaugural Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University. He is an Honorary Professor of Law at University College London where he is also a Research Fellow in the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. John has done extensive research on the legal profession and its changes, and globalisation of law. His most recent interests are in the impact of technology on the legal profession and law, especially artificial intelligence and blockchain. John advises a number of tech startups. He tweets on @johnaflood.

Dugald Hamilton
Founder and Principal, 23legal

Dugald PhotoDugald is the founder of 23LEGAL, a boutique law firm offering traditional dispute resolution, restructuring, insolvency and commercial legal services but with a modern-world approach.

Prior to starting 23LEGAL, Dugald spent 10 years working in high-end boutique law firms across Brisbane, gaining general practice experience in his early career before specialising in litigation, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency since 2010.  He has acted for a wide variety of individuals, small business, large companies both in Australia and internationally and has worked on some of the largest and most complex litigation matters in Australian history.

As a self-professed tech geek, Dugald is passionate about technology, particularly emerging technologies and the ways that technology (both current and emerging) can provide new and novel solutions to age-old complex problems.

Brendan Hunt
General Manager, Strategic Business Alliance

Brendan Hunt PhotoBrendan Hunt is an experienced Information Technology Business Consultant with a demonstrated history of working across both the commercial sector and not for profit industry, focusing on IT Governance, Risk Mitigation, Business Process Reengineering, Outsourcing and IT Strategy.

Brendan has a Bachelor of ICT in Business Analysis as well as qualifications in  Insurance & Risk along with management. These qualifications and experience have given him exposure to the inner workings of many businesses from law firms to airlines and everything in between.

Brendan is a sought after keynote speaker at legal industry conferences and events and is looking forward to presenting at the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association 2018 conference on Strategic Project Management in an AI Tech Centric World”.

Dan Hunter
Foundation Dean, Swinburne Law School

Dan Hunter

Professor Dan Hunter is the Foundation Dean of Swinburne Law School. He is an international expert in intellectual property and internet law, and regularly publishes on the theory of intellectual property and on the intersection of computers and law. He is the author of books on gamification, intellectual property, and intelligent legal systems, and the author of numerous articles on intellectual property and internet law. His current research is focused on the use of technology within law, including the use of artificial intelligence in sentencing, the legal implications of the blockchain, and the future of legal practice. He is also undertaking a range of cultural histories of intellectual property in the postwar period, including work on LEGO bricks, Barbie dolls, modernist furniture, and the social significance of luxury handbags. In his spare time he is co-founder of two startups, one in educational technology and one in legal tech.

Claudia King
CEO, Automio

internet headshotNot capable of accepting the “this is the way we’ve always done it” attitude, Claudia is the Lady Gaga of New Zealand’s legal sector, challenging the norm and bringing fresh ideas and flair to a traditional profession. Claudia discovered her life purpose not long after she started practising law in 2007, which is to make quality legal help available to everyone, everywhere. Claudia is now a recovering lawyer. In 2011 Claudia launched her first legal technology company, Legal Beagle, to provide easy and affordable online legal services New Zealand wide.

Claudia sold her law firm in July 2017 to go “all in” with Automio. Claudia loves working with lawyers who are prepared to take massive action and use technology to build careers and businesses that serve their clients incredibly well, while supporting their ideal lifestyle and life’s purpose. Claudia won the individual award at the LexisNexis Janders Dean 2017 Innovation Index for her work with Automio.

Mark Trayner
Director, STAC Capital

Mark TraynerMark is a Director of STAC Capital, a capital advisory firm focusing predominantly on structured debt for businesses, property developments and commercial property. He is also a Director of Opterre Capital, a fund manager providing structured debt to property developments.

Mark’s career has included over 15 years as a commercial banker in business and property finance, having held senior management roles in Macquarie Bank and NAB.

He has a strong background in production and analysis of complex financial structures and models, risk assessment and management, distressed asset management and strategic stakeholder management. His experience as lead banker has included some of Australia’s highly-respected mid-tier professional services firms, as well as diversified industries in import & wholesale, manufacturing and construction services.

Carl White
Director, CXINLAW

carl whitePassionate about the clients’ experience of professional services, Carl White entered the legal sector with Ashurst in 2002. He is the UK founding director of CXINLAW in 2012 and Australasia in 2014. CXINLAW is a forerunner in Client Experience and is credited with introducing the concept and practice in both in the UK and Australasian legal market.

Carl has a background in theatre practice, retail operations and law with expertise in customer experience management, learning and development and employee engagement. He co-authored the highly-regarded Customer Experience in Law report in 2012 endorsed by the UK College of Law. Carl also led the market-leading Australian CXINLAW research in 2015 and 2018 that examines the Client Experience Advantage for law firms, in partnership with the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA).

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