2014 ALPMA Summit

Thrive and Prosper
27–29 August 2014 | Melbourne Crown Convention Centre

ALPMA’s 14th annual 2014 ALPMA Summit is coming to the Melbourne Crown Convention Centre from Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 August.  This year’ Summit is designed to help law firms develop strategies to thrive and prosper in the ‘new normal’ legal landscape. And there is a lot to look forward to this year:

  • NEW! Two pre-Summit Master Class Workshops on with expert speakers on Business Development and Technology held on Wednesday afternoon
  • Fantastic 2 day program featuring local and international experts sharing advice and their experience on how to thrive and prosper in the ‘new normal’, held for the first time on Thursday/Friday – so you can enjoy a full weekend after Summit in Melbourne!
  • 250+ law firm leaders from across Australasia under one roof
  • NEW! Summit Live! delegate passes to attend Summit online via our live-streamed broadcast  and ask questions of our speakers
  • NEW! Summit On-Demand recordings of Summit sessions, so you can share your colleagues your favourite sessions when you get back to the office
  • The largest legal management tradeshow and exhibition in Australasia featuring around 50 leading vendors, including LexisNexis, BigHand, legalsuper, SAI Global, GlobalX,  CPD Interactive, Saunders Print Group, Houn IT and Trans4mation Consulting.


This Summit includes sessions covering key learning areas, including:

Improve Firm Profitability

Grow Your Firm

Develop & Manage Your People

Become a Better Leader

Create Sound Strategy

Ensure Operational Efficiency

Full Program

Workshop |

Mastering Client Development (a.k.a. the ‘Sales’ Process) for Law Firms®

Julie Savarino – Business Development Inc.

Workshop |

Leveraging Technology for Profitability & Innovation

Craig Rispin – Future Trends

Seminar |

Thriving & Prospering in a bigger Australia

Bernard Salt – KPMG

Seminar |

Your Firm in 30 Seconds: Developing a Clear Positioning Strategy for New Business Success

Tim Williams – Ignition Group, USA

Keynote |

Designing & Leading Change for Thriving Law Firms

Gretel Bakker – Performance Frontiers

Seminar |

There is a Better Way – and Legal Project Management Can Help You Find It

Paul Malliate – PSS Global

Seminar |

We All Have LinkedIn Accounts – Now What? How To Make the Most of LinkedIn for Lawyers and Law Firms

Julie Savarino – Business Development Inc.

Seminar |

Thought Leadership: Paperless Platform – Powering Performance and Profit

Scott Thompson – Director, Anderssens

Discussion |

Idea Exchanges

Facilitated by ALPMA Committee Members

Discussion |

ALPMA Update: The year in review & looking ahead

Andrew Barnes, ALPMA’s National President

Seminar |

Women as Leaders and Leading lawyers: Effective Leadership

The Honourable Nicole Roxon, Victoria University

Panel |

Innovative Work Practices: Your Future Starts Now!

Frank Russo – HR Partner, Pitcher Partners
Jodie Baker, MD & Founder Hive Legal
Anita Bennett, Director, People Development & Communications with AdventBalance

Seminar |

Good Strategy: What Sets It Apart From Failed & Unsuccessful Strategies?

William Masson – New Light Strategies

Panel |

The New Legal Workplace & How To Drive Change

James Calder – Calder Consultants
Graham Chapman – Corrs
Rob Macmorran – NAB
Gina Creegan – Calder Consultants

Seminar |

Where is the Money?

Graeme McFadyen

Seminar |

Online Reputation Management

Craig Rispin

Seminar |

Assertive Humility: Emerging from the Ego Trap

Stuart Taylor

Panel |

How to be sustainably successful by exceeding client service & price expectations

Tim Williams – Ignition Group
Colin Jasper – Jasper Consulting
John Chisholm – John Chisholm Consulting
Facilitated by Andrew Barnes – Harwood Andrews

Summit Research: The Impact of the Changing Legal Landscape

The results from the 2014 ALPMA/LexisNexis research “The Impact of the Changing Legal Landscape on Australasian Law Firms” were presented by LexisNexis at the opening session of the ALPMA Summit on Thursday 28 August at the Melbourne Crown Convention Centre.

ALPMA/Telstra Thought Leadership Awards

Hive Legal, a start-up virtual law firm, was crowned the 2014 ALPMA/Telstra Thought Leadership Award winner for their innovative legal business model, ahead of finalists AdventBalance, Swaab Attorneys and PD Lawyers, at the ALPMA Summit Gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 28 August, 2014.

Award winners & finalists at the 2014 ALPMA Summit Gala Dinner

  • Winner: Hive Legal
  • Finalist: AdventBalance Lawyers
  • Finalist: P D Law
  • Finalist: Swaab Attorneys

Jodie Baker, Managing Director, Hive Legal;
Will Irving, Group Managing Director, Telstra Business;
Jamie Prell, Legal Director, AdventBalance;
Bronwyn Pott, Chief Executive Officer, Swaab Attorneys;
Mel Cox, Director and Chief Executive Officer, PD Law; and
Lisa Sikorski, ALPMA Victoria Chair and General Manager, Septimus Jones & Lee

Thank you to our partners for their support
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