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08 February 2023

Transforming legal practice - What it takes, what you need and why

Published on 08 February 2023

Transforming legal practice - what it takes, what you need, and why!

Legal practice has changed. It has become a complex matrix of different businesses operating in a transforming market, requiring different workforces with different capabilities for different stakeholders. We’re living through the evolution of a different BAU – post pandemic, client-centric, employee-centric, tech-fuelled, data-driven, multidisciplinary, and value- focussed.

In this CPD session, we’ll translate trends into action steps and help you prioritise what to focus on in 2023 - we’ll discuss:

  • Legaltech and AI – how to max out existing tech but also get ready for ChatGPT and blockchain
  • Data – how to use what you have to improve your practice and turn it into a competitive advantage
  • Capabilities – how to identify the right people to do different work, when, where and why
  • New legal business models, structures and leadership


Wednesday 8 February 2023
5.30pm - 7.00pm AWST

The College of Law Western Australia
263 Adelaide Terrace, Perth


Terri Mottershead

Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific) at the College of Law (CLI)

Terri works internationally with leaders of legal businesses supporting them in identifying trends, developing strategies, and transforming their capabilities and practices to deliver legal services/products in the new legal ecosystem. She is the instigator, designer, developer and collaborator-in-chief of CLI’s global initiatives, networks and programs including the Legalpreneurs Lab and the Innovation Incubator Program. She is a frequent keynote speaker on legal ecosystem trends and their practical impact on legal practice at global, regional and local industry events.

Terri is the Chair of the Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee, serves as the representative for Australia on the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) Advisory Board and as a Bilgi Law Labs Advisory Board Member for the Istanbul Bilgi University Law School. She was profiled as a legal industry thought leader by McCulloch Robertson in 2019 for its Year 101: Women in Law initiative, was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Innovator of the Year Award (Individual) 2021, and was recognised in the IWD Women Lawyers Association of Queensland 2022 Inspo List for her support and encouragement of women in law.

Gemma Nugent

Director, Sound Legal.

Gemma has worked extensively with subcontractors, contractors, principals and consultants on major infrastructure, construction and consulting projects in both the private and public sector. She has drafted, reviewed and negotiated a wide variety of project and commercial agreements and has experience with all of the Australian Standard standard form contracts.

Gemma started her legal career as the Associate to Justice Neville Owen at the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Her primary role was to assist with the trial and judgment preparation in the Bell Group litigation. She then joined a boutique corporate litigation firm before becoming an in-house lawyer in 2010. Prior to studying law, Gemma was a policy advisor at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Gemma chairs the board of the Australian Inclusion Group and volunteers her time at the Subiaco Justice Centre. She is also deputy chair of the board of the Fremantle Language Development Centre. Gemma has lectured in corporate and commercial law at Curtin Law School and spent time as a senior clinical supervisor in the John Curtin Law Clinic.

Gemma is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia (where she sits on the Commercial Law Committee) and the Society of Construction Law Australia. She enjoys keeping abreast of recent developments in the law and is in the process of completing her Master of Laws.


Natasha Nugent

Managing Director, Stirling & Rose

Natasha is one of the world’s pre-eminent smart contract and distributed ledger technology experts.

The former Global Head of a Digital Law practice of a major international law firm spanning 15 offices, Natasha is regarded as a world leading expert on blockchain and digital assets, web 3.0, digital ethics, and human rights.

Natasha sits on the Law Council of Australia’s Digital Commerce and Financial Services Committees. Natasha co-authored the Oxford Smart Legal Contracts textbook and was named the Financial Times’ Most Innovative Lawyer and Lawyers Weekly Thought Leader of the Year.


Shellie-Jayne (SJ) Price

Chair Legal Technology and Innovation Committee (LTIC), Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia; digital translator and in-house lawyer, Nooriam; Clinical Lecturer in Law and Technology, Murdoch University Law School; and CLI Advisory Board member

Schellie-Jayne (“SJ”) Price is an enthusiastic pursuer of ways to deliver faster, better in-house legal services in ways that surprise and delight clients and lawyers.

Through and in her work in-house and with LTIC, SJ strives for faster, better legal services delivered in a delightful UX (User Experience).

In her previous in-house role at Chevron Australia, SJ founded and led Chevron Corporation's worldwide Technology Interest Group for Law, called TIGLs from 2018-2022. In 2021 she was an Award winner in the Women in Technology WA Tech (+) 20 Awards. In 2020 she was a finalist in both the ACC Legal Innovator of the Year and Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Innovation Awards, a judge for CLI’s Legalpreneurs Lab Innovation Incubator and a speaker at numerous technology and innovation events.

She has a passion for the branch of AI known as machine learning (ML), is a member of the Perth Machine Learning Group and has used open source code to build ML models, including a fun generative model trained on Blackstone’s Laws of England and exhibited at the Perth Fringe Festival. Her passion for innovation and tech comes from innate curiosity, a willingness to experiment and a desire to inspire and support innovation in legal practice.