ALPMA Summit

The largest law firm management conference in Australasia.

The ALPMA Legal Management Summit is the premier event in the legal calendar, bringing together senior legal management professionals, world-class industry and subject-matter experts and the leading industry suppliers to learn, find out what is new, share experiences, make contacts and have fun!


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11 - 13 September 2024.

Summit 2023 | Embrace, Adapt, Evolve: The Sustainable Firm of the Future

6 – 8 September 2023 | Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne
2023 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2022 | Reaching New Heights

31 August – 2 September 2022 | RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast
2022 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2019 | Road Map to Transformation

4–6 September 2019 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
2019 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2018 | Shaping the Future Firm: It Starts With You

19–21 September 2018 | ICC, Sydney
2018 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2017 | Sailing the 4C’s

13–15 September 2017 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
2017 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2016 | A Blueprint for Change

7–9 September 2016 | Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
2016 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2015 | Tomorrow’s Firm: Digital, Divergent, Differentiated

9–11 September 2015 | Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
2015 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2014 | Thrive and Prosper

27–29 August 2014 | Melbourne Crown Convention Centre
2014 ALPMA Summit

Summit 2013 | Law Firm 3.0: Leading the New Normal

18–19 October | Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre

More than 250 delegates gathered to learn about the changing legal landscape, how firms can take advantage of these changes and how to provide genuine leadership as firms re-shape themselves to deal with this challenging environment.

Summit 2012 | Change & Growth: Leading Your Business

13–15 September | Sofitel Central Hotel Brisbane QLD

The 2012 ALPMA Summit theme is “Change & Growth: Leading Your Business”.  This theme directly addresses the key issues facing the legal practice management professionals in 2012 – how to successfully navigate a rapidly changing industry and business environment while achieving profitable business growth.  Leading your business successfully in this environment is a compelling challenge for all senior managers, regardless of company size or type.  Summit sessions will provide valuable insight into these issues and help you understand how to develop and implement successful strategies to effectively change and grow your businesses.

Platinum Summit Sponsor LexisNexis

Full Program

Pre-registration Networking event Beat the rush and register Thursday evening.  Enjoy a great networking event featuring Lisa Butler and 100+ delegates and friends of ALPMA.  6:00pm to 8:00pm
Day 1
ALPMA Summit Program Friday 14 September, 2012
Event MC
Madonna King, Author, Courier-Mail columnist, broadcast and media monitor.
9:00 ALPMA President
Session 1
9:15 – 10:30
Recovery, Renewal & Reinvention: Navigating the Next Decade

Ari Kaplan – Ari Kaplan Advisors (USA)

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea
Session 2
11:00 –12:00
Legal Project Management – Building on Existing Skills

Steven Levy, Lexician (USA)

Room Change
5 minutes
Break Out A 
Break Out B
Session 3
12:05 – 1:00
Leadership to achieve results. Understanding of management and leadership challenges and methodologies.

Sean Larkan, Edge International

Organisation change and transformation – Solving complex problems, shifting behaviour and driving employee satisfaction and motivation.

Anna Byrne   Neuropower

1:00 – 2:15 Lunch
Break Out A
Break Out B
Session 4
Driving Practice results – 2012 and beyond

Anthony Bell – Bells Partners

Legal Project Management: Questions, Answers, and First Steps that make a difference!

Steven Levy, Lexician

3:30 – 4:00 Afternoon Tea
Session 5
4:15 – 5:00
How important is partner / director compensation in the management of organisational change and growth?

There is little doubt that principal compensation is a difficult bundle of issues.  Many large Australian firms utilise performance based compensation and have done so for some time.  Others are modifying their traditional lock steps to include performance based progression.  In smaller firms compensation remains closely tied to equity ownership regardless of performance.
During this session Dr Oakes will discuss,
•    Profit sharing options
•    The likely impact of various sharing arrangements on behaviour and performance
•    The potential for sharing methodology as a strategic enabler
•    Defining performance, what to measure and reward
•    Profit sharing issues for smaller firms (2 to 10 partners)

Dr Neil Oakes – FMRC Legal

7:00 – 12.00 Cocktail Function & Gala Dinner
Day 2
Saturday 15th September
Session 6
8:45 – 9:40
Risky Business – what happens when you are not an agent of change in your firm.
•    Why influencing and negotiating (with limited power and authority at times) is a vital situation to recognise and plan for in business
•    What’s in expanding these skill areas for the legal profession and for the practice managers
•    Influence, Negotiation and Persuasion – what these aspects mean and how to recognise what is needed in what context
•    Barriers to successful negotiations identified
•    Solutions and planning strategies to promote successful and sustainable negotiation outcomes
•    Managing and understanding the behaviours and responses to negotiations – yours and others
•    Language and techniques to support negotiations and to influence relationshipsAmanda Phillips
APA Training & Development
  Break Out A
Break Out B 
Session 7
9:45 – 10:30
Retention: Still the number one issue in law firms today – WHY?

Three case study presentations from key HR managers in the service industry.  Confirmed presenters: Damian Zahra – Russell Kennedy Solicitors & Kerry Le-Strange, Attwood Marshall Lawyers

Let lawyers be lawyers and managers be managers.

Warwick Deuchrass
Partner– Andersons Lawyers NZ

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea
Break Out A
Finance Round Table

Break Out B
Social Media Workshop
Session 8
11:00 – 12:45
Performance Measure Round Table (Submit your tricky questions in advance)

Moderator Steve Sampson (Hunt & Hunt) Confirmed Panel – Dr Neil Oakes, Justin Bender (CFO – Herbert Geer), Bruce Humprhys (Hopgood Ganim) ….more details to follow

Practical Facebook, Twitter and Social Media for Law Firms.


What are the different levels of social media engagement?  Do we use Social Media as a broadcast channel, or a monitoring channel or a feedback channel ? Understanding the different levels of engagement and when to apply each strategy.

Laurel Papworth – Managing Director of The Community Crew

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch and Prize Draw
Session 9
1:45– 3:00
Conference Wrap Up

Key note close