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ACS NSW Professional Series: How blockchain, AI and automation are revolutionising the legal profession

Innovation, disruption and the rise of "Big Law".

Registration End Date: Tue, 25 Sep, 12:00 PM

  • where

  • The ACS Innovation Hub
    Level 27, Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Avenue
    Sydney NSW 2000
  • when

  • Event Start: Thu, 27 Sep, 05:45 PM
    Event Finish: Thu, 27 Sep, 08:00 PM
  • event price

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<p><b>New and emerging technologies, such as the recently launched Australian National Blockchain, are affecting almost every aspect of law and legal practice. ​</b></p> <p><b><img alt="Big Law: Analytics, AI and Automation" src=";feoid=00N9000000EVCh7&amp;refid=0EM90000001F2EP"></img></b><br><br>In August 2017, Thomson Reuters published a report revealing a 484% increase in new legal services patents globally in the last five years as law firms around the world invest in legal tech.<br><br>Hilary Goodier and Melanie Ryan of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills will share with you their experiences in the changing world of “Big Law”. They will explore how this revolution in legal technology is altering the legal landscape and what the predictions are for the future of law with the rise of automation, AI and analytics.<br><br><b>They will discuss:</b></p> <ul><li>The current landscape in law in the areas of blockchain, AI and analytics</li><li>How the adoption of technology is transforming the delivery of legal services and the role of the lawyer</li><li>Is tech the new hot skill in law? And what roles this may create in the future</li><li>What new technologies are on the horizon and how far these technologies can innovate or disrupt the legal industry</li></ul> <p><br>Join the conversation on <a href="" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a>,  <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">@ACSNSW #ACSNSW</p> <p><br><b>Getting here</b><br>If arriving by train from Wynyard, take exit 4 towards Barangaroo from the west end of the station. Make your way through the tunnel and follow the signs to Barangaroo.<br><br>ACS is located in Tower One which is the red building.<br><img alt="User-added image" src=";feoid=00N9000000EVCh7&amp;refid=0EM90000001FIOu"></img><br><br><b>Accessing Level 27</b><br>An ACS staff member will be in the lobby of the Tower at 5:45pm - 6:10pm to facilitate access to level 27. Access will not be available after 6:10pm. </p>


 05:45 PM - 06:10 PM  Registration & Networking                          
 06:15 PM - 07:00 PM  Presentation                          
 07:00 PM - 07:15 PM  Q&A                          
 07:15 PM - 08:00 PM  Networking                          

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Organisation design and implementation (ORDI) -> Level 6


Melanie Ryan

Melanie Ryan

Melanie specialises in designing and implementing solutions for volume based information and data intensive legal work using a combination of specialised teams, defined process and technology. With the rise of artificial intelligence, digitisation and the disruption of service delivery across the legal industry, Melanie applies her industry knowledge to assist clients in achieving their goals for more innovative, efficient and cost effective delivery of traditional legal products and services.

Melanie has experience in disputes, claims management and transactional support across Government, healthcare, construction, real estate, financial services, commercial litigation and cross-sector M&A. She was recently named as a Tech Pioneer: 24 Evangelists for Change in the Legal Sector by The Lawyer (UK) Magazine (July 2018).

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Hilary Goodier

Hilary Goodier

Hilary is a former law firm Partner specialising in commercial, technology and outsourcing transactions and since then has built a global career working for tech industry leaders IBM, Accenture, Infosys and NTT Data. Hilary has worked extensively across the US and Asia Pacific as a General Counsel, COO and General Manager and brings her unique perspective across business, law and technology to bear as the Director of HSF’s Alternative Legal Services practice in Australia.

Hilary works with clients across all industry sectors looking to innovate and streamline the provision of high volume and information intensive legal services through the use of specialised teams, process and technology. Hilary leads a team of over 100 analysts, lawyers and technologists, working within a global network that spans London, Belfast, Shanghai, Johannesburg and Australia, to deliver a seamless, efficient and more cost effective legal service combining the market leading legal services and expertise of Herbert Smith Freehills with the innovative technology-led capability of the Alternative Legal Services team.

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Andrew Crawford

Andrew Crawford

Level 27, Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Avenue,Sydney,NSW,Australia

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