CPD Compulsory Units: Technology and Disruption

Session ID: 183N02
Date: Friday, 02 March 2018
Time: 09:00am - 01:15pm
Venue: UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O'Connell Street, SYDNEY

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Substantive Law: 1
Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 1
Practice Management & Business Skills: 1
Professional Skills: 1

State: NSW CPD:4
Standard Price $480.00

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Session Content

Date: Friday 02 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Venue: UNSW, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney

Attend and earn 4 CPD units including:
1 unit in Substantive Law
1 unit in Ethics & Professional Responsibility
1 unit in Practice Management & Business Skills
1 unit in Professional Skills

AI advances further into the legal industry every day. Robo-advice continually grow more sophisticated and prevalent. Smart Contracts are an important part of the enthusiasm surrounding blockchain technology. Technology has an increasing impact on dispute resolution. The legal industry is evolving. Will you evolve with it and find success, or will you fall behind with the obsolete practitioners who refused to embrace real and inevitable change?

Chair: Michael Langenheim, Barrister, Fourth Floor Selborne Chambers

The Changing Face of "Robo-Advice" and the Rise of Smart Contracts

  • Defining the various forms of robo -advice and their applications
  • The regulatory aspects of delivering advice digitally
  • Practical challenges faced by a law firm designing a robo offering and the direction of robo going forward
  • Spotlight on smart contracts
    • What is smart contracting and how does the law treat code?
    • Does a smart contract always have to be a 'contract'?
    • Lesson from the Decentralized Autonomous Organization attack, common issues with smart contracts and remedies

Presented by Amy Ciolek, Senior Associate, Financial Regulation and Karen Dwyer, Senior Associate, TMT, Ashurst

Practice Management & Business Skills
Legal Services in a Digital Era: How to Win and Maintain Online Clients?

  • Legal perspective: whether starting out or well established, winning and retaining an online client can be a challenge
    • Positioning your legal services to be more attractive to digital clients
    • Networking amongst the online, start-ups and other communities disrupting the legal industry
    • Balancing commercial and corporate risk and providing practical advice
  • Client perspective: hear firsthand from a new online business model success story
    • What was surprising and issues that arose that hadn't been raised previously
    • What was good value for money
    • What is and what isn't valuable to online clients when engaging a law firm
  • Adapt or perish? Opportunities in disruption
    • Legal marketplaces
    • Digital marketing
    • Document and process automation

Presented by Dominic Woolrych, Chief Executive Officer, LawPath

Professional Skills
Blockchain, Disruptive Technology and Practicing Law

  • Practicing Law in the future with Blockchain and Augmented Reality technologies
  • Integrating dispute resolution systems (mediation & arbitration) into contractual disputes
  • Appreciating the influence of technology on client expectations and lawyer's legal practice

Presented by Derek M. Minus, Barrister-at-law, Accredited Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator

Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Ethical Rules for Artificial Intelligence: Why, how and what?
Explore the emerging view that there is need to develop ethical rules to guide how artificial intelligence agents operate. Examine the ground rules about terminology, consider whether there is a need for such rules, and if so what they may look like, who would formulate them and how they might be enforced.

  • Terminology:
    • What do we mean by 'artificial intelligence' and 'AI agents'?
    • Examples of AI products: data mining processes and autonomous machines
    • What do we mean by 'ethics'?
  • Do we need ethical rules for AI agents?
    • What rules?
    • How would they apply to AI businesses and products?
    • Who should develop the rules and how would they be enforced?
  • Current developments in this area and what the future may hold

Presented by Paul Noonan, Partner, Thomson Geer; Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyer, Doyle's Guide 2017; Best Lawyer 2017, Entertainment Law


Chair:Michael Langenheim

Michael Langenheim has degrees in law, electronics engineering and economics and many years' experience in legal, regulatory, commercial and technical roles within the telecommunications industry. He is uniquely qualified to handle cases where understanding of a technical subject matter is required or would be beneficial.

Amy Ciolek

Amy Ciolek is a Senior Associate in Ashurst's Regulatory Group and Fintech practice. She advises principally in the areas of financial services regulation (including the laws affecting fintechs and alternative finance), credit law, regulatory response, financial product compliance, product structure and design, AML, bringing new products to market, structuring mortgage and lending programs, ACL / AFSL licensing, marketplace lending, regulatory compliance, and digital transformation. Amy supports financial services businesses while they develop and expand, convert to the digital world, and sell or acquire digital assets.

Karen Dwyer

Karen is a senior associate in our technology, media and telecommunications practice Karen provides legal advice and transactional support on commercial, technology and telecommunications arrangements. On the commercial side, Karen typically advises on agency, reselling, franchising, partnering arrangements, manufacturing and distribution. Karen has provided legal advice to clients such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Xerox, Facebook and Yahoo! as well as financial institutions and government bodies across a full spectrum of industries. On the technology and telecommunications side, Karen advises both suppliers and customers on procurement, outsourcings, cloud solutions, intellectual property, systems implementations, software development, licensing (including maintenance and support) and TMT-related mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Karen is qualified in Ireland.

Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is the CEO of LawPath, Australia's largest and fastest growing online legal platform. LawPath has helped over 40,000 Australian businesses access legal services at a fraction of the time, cost and complexity of the traditional system. Dominic is the founder of the OnDemand Training Group. The Group has a number of companies training 'on demand' workers across 3 well-known platforms in over 15 cities. Prior to LawPath, Dominic was a corporate lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyers, Australia. Dominic has also spent time at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) as a criminal solicitor and at the International Court of Justice.

Derek Minus

Derek Minus, Barrister and Accredited Mediator, Mediation and Arbitration Chambers Derek Minus is a barrister-at-law with a specialist practice as a dispute resolver. He holds accreditation as variously a Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator, Expert Determiner and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and is the publisher of the largest database of accredited Australian Dispute Resolvers: www.adr.org.au He has recently been personally appointed as the Commonwealth Government's Mediation Adviser with responsibility for arranging the dispute resolution processes under the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct and the Oilcode, which are prescribed codes under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Derek is the lecturer for the Commercial Dispute Resolution course at the University of Sydney Law School and provides negotiation training and dispute management advice to organisations and governments and conducts the "Minus on Mediation" programme for Legalwise. He was an early adopter of mediation in 1992 and is a Nationally Accredited and advanced Mediator who has as conducted over 3,000 mediations and conciliations across all types of disputes. He mediates matters as diverse as commercial contract disputes, partnership problems, bullying and harassment complaints for organisations and family law disputes. Derek is also graded a Chartered Arbitrator and trained as an International Commercial Arbitrator by the CIArb (UK). Since 2000, he has acted as an arbitrator with variously; the NSW Local Court, District Court, NCAT, Workers Compensation Commission and the NSW Department of Industry dealing with land access disputes involving mining companies and landholders.

Paul Noonan

Paul Noonan's practice covers information technology, intellectual property and general procurement, and entertainment law. His areas of expertise include technology contracts (including outsourcing, and website, software and hardware projects), general procurement tendering and contracting, intellectual property commercialisation, and content and technology development and licensing. Paul also specialises in advising and acting on litigation and licensing, copyright issues, trade marks, due diligence, dispute resolution, privacy, and entertainment law. Paul and his team also manage trade marks portfolios for clients of the firm. Paul has acted for some of Australia's largest listed companies, not-for- profit organisations, and a range of large and small private companies, including technology and content provider start-ups. Paul has undertaken secondments to a senior in-house role with a large financial services company where he assisted the client's general procurement and IT sourcing teams. Paul has been recognised by his peers in Best Lawyers in Australia in the area of Entertainment Law (2017) and in Doyle's Guide (2015-2016) as a recommended lawyer in the technology, media and telecommunications space in Victoria.

Venue Details


Level 6, 1 O'Connell Street

Ph: 02 9985 1515


All day parking is $43 for entry and departure between 6.00am and

midnight the same day. Please head to the CBD Campus reception to get

your ticket stamped.

Early bird rates are also available via the Secure Park - Sofitel Wentworth

CBD Campus guests' can receive a discounted all day rate for parking at

Secure Park - Sofitel Wentworth The parking is located at 61-101 Phillip

Street with entry and exit via Bligh Street.

Parking is not included in the registration fee and fee is subject to change.

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