ALPMA Legal Industry Thought Leadership Awards Judging Panel

The 2016 ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Awards judging panel is comprised of experienced legal innovators and thought leaders:


Shelley Dunstone, Principal, Legal Circles

Shelley founded Legal Circles in 2001, to help lawyers have better businesses and more satisfying careers.  Shelley was admitted as a lawyer in 1981 and has been a partner of a mid-sized Australian commercial law firm, and freelanced as a "locum" lawyer.  

In addition to her credentials in Law, Shelley holds formal qualifications in Marketing. Shelley is a Life Member of ALPMA.



Shirley Hamel, Director of Operations, Cornwall Stodart

Shirley has a strong reputation for her ability and discipline in assisting businesses to embrace and successfully implement change programs. 

Shirley is well known within the legal fraternity, having worked in a variety of senior management roles with Wisewoulds, Freehills  and Maddocks before her current part-time role role at Cornwall Stodart. Shirley also consults to law firms on process reengineering, project implementation, change and risk management through her consultancy Hamel Consulting Services. 

Shirley is a Past National President and Life Member of ALPMA.


Whit Lee, Executive Director,  Strategy & Legal Software Solutions, LexisNexis Asia Pacific

Whit leads the Legal Software Solutions (LSS) team, which delivers cloud-based and on-premise tools that drive improved outcomes for clients, helping them to make better decisions by combining world-class LexisNexis content with practice management workflow solutions.  Whit is also responsible for strategy and business development for the LexisNexis Asia Pacific business. As strategy lead, Whit is focused on how the organization is executing today as well as planning for tomorrow – ensuring we have the right resources allocated to deliver on both short and long term goals and that our investments in new products and solutions deliver value to customers. Whit holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Dr Peter Lynch,  Principal, dci lycon

Peter is principal of dci lyncon, a Brisbane-based professional services consultancy. His dominant practice is with small to mid sized law firms – the goal always being to assist clients make more money and have more fun without working very much harder.  

He is a former Chartered Accountant, President of Housing Industry Association, Chair of Queensland Property Council, Director of the UQ Business School MBA Program, and Director of the Qld Law Society’s Practice Management Course.

Please note, the judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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