Future leaders conspire to shake up legal industry

Future leaders conspire to shake up legal industry

Future leaders conspire to shake up legal industry 

An artificial intelligence chat-bot that facilitates legal advice, a web application that helps users keep track of critical dates in their contracts and an account management system designed to track pro bono hours and share information between law firms and community legal centres…

These were just a handful of ideas presented by university students at a 54-hour ‘hackathon’ on the weekend.

More than 70 students from a range of disciplines including law, justice, business, design and IT participated in the inaugural event, designed to break new ground in the legal industry. 

‘Disrupting Law’ is an initiative of QUT Starters and The Legal Forecast, a nonprofit organisation founded in 2015 by McCullough Robertson Lawyer Tegun Middleton and Research Clerk Milan Gandhi.

McCullough Robertson is a key supporter of The Legal Forecast, which encourages young lawyers to consider the role of innovation in improving the practice of law, the legal system, and most importantly, access to justice for everyday Australians.

McCullough Robertson was also one of 12 law firms who contributed their time to mentor students as they brainstormed and built business models over the weekend.

On Sunday night the teams pitched their ideas to a ‘Shark Tank’ style panel of legal professionals and entrepreneurs in front of an audience of more than 200 people.

McCullough Robertson Lawyer and Legal Forecast President Tegun Middleton said the event was truly inspiring and had received an incredible amount of positive feedback relating to the calibre of the ideas and the quality of the presentations.

“The business models presented by the teams were outstanding. They were innovative, well thought through and all contributed toward improving access to justice or solving a very real problem within the legal industry,” she said.

Disrupting Law was supported by 12 law firms - McCullough Robertson, ClarkeKann Lawyers, King & Wood Mallesons, Ashurst, Jones Day, Blackston Lawyers, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, HopgoodGanim Lawyers, DLA Piper, Clayton Utz, Mullins Lawyers and Herbert Smith Freehills.

The judging panel included Stafford Shepherd (head of Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee), Brennan Ong (CEO of tech start-up LawAdvisor), Amelia Hodge (CEO of Queensland Law Society) Steven Tyndall (Managing Director of Next Legal) and Monica Bradley (Non Executive Director and advisor).

The Legal Forecast donates all profits received through its events to charities that support mental health.

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For further information contact:
Jodie Leckenby
07 3233 8584
jleckenby@mccullough.com.au

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