Program & Speakers 2019-06-17T13:32:12+00:00
Program Committee
Social Functions
Pre-Summit Workshops
Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Chris Riddell

Rabia Siddique

Tony Wilson


The program summary is now available to view ahead of the 2019 ALPMA Summit official program release.

Summit Program Summary


A Partner Hackathon will run throughout this year’s Summit. Partners will be working on solutions to an industry issue identified by our delegates. Attendees are being asked to submit up to three topics/problems you would like to see featured in the Partner Hackathon. The Partner Hackathon results will be presented at the end of Summit and we are particularly excited to see what creative solutions our Partners can suggest. Proposed topics are to be submitted with your registration.

Additionally, the Summit will also feature an opportunity for our delegates to participate in a mini Hackathon Workshop. This 1.5-hour session will be fast-paced but will be limited to 50 participants. Registration must be submitted to participate. Prizes for the best solutions will be awarded in this session!

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The Hackathon is proudly in partnership with

Pre-Summit Workshops

Two pre-Summit workshops will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday, 4 September 2019.

Registration to attend the workshops must be submitted with your Summit registration. If you wish to attend either of the workshops only without attending Summit, please contact us at

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The Business Case for Culture

Workshop Facilitator: Michael Henderson, Cultures at Work

Every organisation with more than three people has a culture, whether it knows it or not. Organisations that know what culture actually is and how it operates deliver higher levels of performance at lower costs.

In this workshop, Corporate Anthropologist Michael Henderson will guide participants through the fundamentals of understanding and working with your company culture to leverage performance. Specifically, Michael will show you how to:

  • Define clearly, what culture actually is and what it does in your business;
  • Realise the importance of cultures impact on business performance;
  • Understand the primary mistakes most organisations make with their culture and how to avoid them;
  • Explore and evaluate the six primary areas that comprise a business case for culture. Which apply to your business? At what level of cost and/or contribution?
  • How to use the six primary areas of culture as a quarterly audit of your many cultures and subsequently, how to align your culture for better performance and staff experience.

Michael Henderson has a degree in Anthropology (the study of human cultures). He has 35 years experience in studying, advising and educating organisational cultures around the world supporting them to learn how to optimise their culture for improved performance. He has been the cultural expert advisor in over 300 company culture transformations around the world. His clients include The NZ Rugby Union, McDonalds, Suncrest Bank USA, BUPA Hong Kong, CitiBank Singapore, NZ High-Performance Sport, The Australian Navy, Bank of Melbourne and Kennards Hire. Michael is the author of eight books on organisational culture, values and leadership.

Unlocking the Business Development Conundrum in Your Firm

Workshop Facilitator: Michael Schiffner, Collective Intelligence

Most lawyers don’t become lawyers to sell; yet at some point in their career they are required to help win work and generate fees for the firm. For many lawyers this can lead to anxiety as it often sits outside their comfort zone. It can also create frustration for the leadership when lawyers push back on the firms business development requirements of them.

In this insightful workshop, business development advisor Michael Schiffner will share his experience as to how many firms have overcome the struggle to unlock the business development dilemma with his teams support.

Participants will be led through a series of activities and discussions to explore ways to overcome the complexities and constraints that typically limit the success of firm wide business development initiatives. Key takeaways include drafting a business development strategy for the firm and ideas on advising beyond clients and brand.

Michael Schiffner has a proven track record of helping professional service firms build high performance business development habits that generate revenues. Michael’s Melbourne-based consultancy, Collective Intelligence has a proprietary, coaching-based approach that supports professionals to authentically improve their relationships from first coffee to trusted partner, and everything in between, ultimately embedding high performance business development habits that make it more enjoyable to grow a practice. As a former Associate Director with KPMG Australia he was instrumental in the establishment of KPMG’s BD Academy where he clocked over 600 hours of BD coaching influencing $12 million of new revenue for the firm in 2013. His clients include: PWC, KPMG, Hall & Wilcox, White & Case and Russell Kennedy.


The 2019 ALPMA Summit is the largest legal management conference and trade exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere. Join more than 400 law firm leaders and managers from across Australasia in Melbourne for an action-packed three days of intense professional development, networking and fun!

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Social Functions

Welcome Cocktail Function

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition CentreDate: Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Venue: Exhibition Bays 23-24, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: One ticket is included with full registration, additional tickets can be purchased

Do not miss out on this opportunity to build new relationships, visit with old friends and enjoy the company of your colleagues and peers in a relaxed and informal setting. The Welcome Cocktail Function will be a perfect opportunity to catch-up with other attendees, while enjoying drinks and canapés in a relaxed setting.

Gala Dinner

Plaza BallroomDate: Thursday, 5 September 2019
Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Theme: Transform through the looking glass
Venue: Plaza Ballroom – 191 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: One ticket is included with full registration, additional tickets can be purchased

Come and join your colleagues at the Gala Dinner. Mingle with the speakers and fellow delegates while enjoying an evening of excellent entertainment and a delicious three-course meal at this stunning venue. Network over drinks before sitting down for award-winning food followed by dessert and coffee.

Post Summit Drinks

Post Summit DrinksDate: Friday, 6 September 2019
Time: 5:15pm – 5:45pm (subject to change based on final program)
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Venue: Exhibition Bays 23-24, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: One ticket is included with full registration, additional tickets can be purchased

Immediately following the final session, this will be the last opportunity for you to catch-up with your peers and industry leaders, to exchange views and share tall stories from the Summit.

“The ALPMA Summit is the “go to” legal industry event to engage with inspirational industry thought leaders, suppliers and the legal management community who will inspire and equip you to create tomorrow’s legal services success.”

Program Committee

Ann-Maree David
CEO/Program Director
College of Law

Stephanie Beard
General Manager – People
Harwood Andrews Lawyers

Tanya Burns
Transform Office Management

Diana Dawid
HR Manager
Mills Oakley

Justine Fletcher
Practice Manager
James Conomos Lawyers

Devika Kumar
Practice Manager
Fleming Foster Solicitors
New Zealand

Naomi Mole
People & Culture Officer
Barry.Nilsson. Lawyers

Myra Quartermaine
Practice Manager
Valentini Lawyers
Western Australia

Begonia Silvestre
General Manager
Hunt & Hunt

Sam Sofianos
Chief Information Officer
Colin Biggers & Paisley