Program & Speakers 2019-02-07T14:36:48+00:00
Social Functions
Program Committee
Pre-Summit Workshops
Call for Abstracts


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!

The ALPMA Summit program is designed to deliver content aligned with the ALPMA Legal Practice Management Learning & Development Framework. This framework outlines the key ‘pillars’ of knowledge that legal practice managers and law firm leaders need to understand in order to effectively manage and lead their firms. Click here to learn more about the key ‘pillars’ of knowledge.


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Call for Abstracts

Speakers’ Portal

The Program Committee of the 2019 Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) Summit invites you to submit an abstract for presentation in concurrent sessions.

The theme of the 2019 Summit “Road Map to Transformation – Move Forward with Confidence” must be addressed in all abstracts. There has been a lot of talk about disruption to the legal industry and the evolution of the firm of the future. ALPMA Summit delegates want and need to know HOW to make that transition; HOW TO TRANSFORM their firms from where they are now into the firm of the future. The aim is to provide a road map for our attendees, stepping them through a staged progression of change so they walk away with confidence to start their own journey of transformation.

No matter how big or small the firm, your content should be relevant to all those attending, empowering each individual. Accompanying the summit theme, the abstract must also address one (or more) of ALPMA’s Legal Practice Management Learning & Development Framework pillars.

  • BD & Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership
  • Operational Management
  • People & Culture
  • Strategy & Innovation
  • Technology & Knowledge

Please be sure to review all of the information and instructions regarding abstract submission prior to completing the Speakers’ Portal. Abstracts are to adhere to the template provided.

Online abstract submissions will close on Wednesday, 20 March 2019.

Submission Guidelines

Please ensure you have downloaded and read the following documents prior to submitting an abstract.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract Template

Download the guidelines and template provided to ensure your WORD document is formatted correctly and follow the instructions carefully. Incorrectly submitted documents will be sent back to the author for reformatting and this may extend beyond the deadline for your submission.

No hardcopy, faxed or emailed submissions will be accepted.

Abstract Review Process

All abstracts submitted for presentation will be reviewed by the Program Committee, who reserve the right to accept or reject any submissions.

Upon acceptance, the Program Committee may modify the abstract title and/or description to fit our marketing style and format guidelines for the purpose of our brochures, website, and other promotions. You will have the opportunity to approve/edit if needed. Successful presenter(s) will receive complimentary registration to the 2019 ALPMA Summit and return economy airfares plus one night’s accommodation at ALPMA’s preferred accommodation provider (if based interstate/overseas). The Program Committee will have final say on all submissions and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Important Information

  • Submitting an abstract does NOT automatically register you as a summit delegate. Summit registration must be done separately.
  • All communications about your abstract submission will be sent to the email address provided when submitting your abstract.
  • We recommend that the email address belongs to the main author who will be in attendance at the summit.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting an abstract for presentation, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • All abstracts for presentations will be reviewed by the Program Committee, who reserve the right to accept or reject any submissions.
  • At least one author of the accepted abstract is expected to attend and present at the summit.
  • Successful presenter(s) will receive complimentary registration to the 2019 ALPMA Summit and, if applicable, return economy airfares and one night’s accommodation.
  • The Program Committee will have final say on all submissions and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  • Successful presenter(s) agree to abide by ALPMA’s standard terms and conditions for speakers.

Important Dates

Abstract submissions open: Thursday, 7 February 2019
Deadline for submission of abstracts: Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Authors advised of abstract acceptance: April 2019
Speaker registration deadline: Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Submit an Abstract

To submit an abstract, please click on the Speakers’ Portal button below.

Speakers’ Portal

If you have already submitted an abstract and would like to review and/or update your details, or require further information or clarification, please contact the Summit Manager.

2019 ALPMA Summit Manager
Tel: +61 2 9368 1200

“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.”

Pre-Summit Workshops

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

Full information about the workshops, presenters and registration rates will be released in the next few months.

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

Social Functions

Welcome Reception

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 Reception 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: 7:30pm – 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.