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The world is changing. Businesses are more demanding. Fee models are evolving. New technologies are emerging. The pressure is on for law firms and legal teams to operate more efficiently and effectively. Technology is disrupting (and enabling) the practice of law, which is why we are hosting the Legal Innovation & Tech Fest.

The Legal Innovation & Tech Fest is the conference designed to inspire those who are driving, supporting and embracing technical and process innovation in law firms and in-house legal teams!


Two years ago Telstra Legal launched a series of design thinking workshops and innovation sprints to tackle a set of productivity opportunities.  In 2016 this programme of work resulted in a saving of more than 40,000 lawyer hours and recognition by Financial Times of Telstra Legal as Asia Pac’s most innovative legal department for 2016.  In 2017 Telstra Legal tackled an even bolder set of initiatives resulting in more top awards in the United States and a new Harvard Law School case study on the Telstra Legal innovation programme.  This presentation will explain how these results were achieved and why collaboration was a critical element of success.


This carefully-selected group of innovative global and South African Legal specialists will zone in on the technology and ideas that are transforming the way law firms and in-house legal teams operate.

Mary Shen O'Carroll Chief Community Officer Ironclad, Inc (USA)
Chris Fowler General Counsel Technology BT Group plc (UK)
Alice Namuli Blazevic Partner Katende, Ssempebwa & Co Advocates (UG)
Gary Adler Chief Digital Officer MinterEllison (AUS)
Jodie Baker Founder & CEO Xakia (AUS)
Nick Abrahams Partner, Global Co-leader Digital Transformation Practice (AUS)
Bjarne Tellmann Senior Vice President & General Counsel GSK Consumer Healthcare (USA)
Pavel Matthews Principal Legal Council: Corporate & Investment Banking Absa
Videsha Proothveerajh CEO & Chairperson of the Board LexisNexis South Africa
Evan Shenkman Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer Fisher Phillips (USA)
Michele DeStefano Law Professor | Program Chair & Affiliated Faculty University of Miami | Harvard Law School Executive Education (USA)
Thomas Pearson Chief Commercial Officer Africa Legal (UK)
Frieda Levycky Founder & Director Braving Boundaries & Levycky Consulting | Coaching Advocates
Chris Martinus Systems Development Manager Bowmans Law
Lynette Etemesi Regional Leader: Africa The Stability Network (KEN)
Isabel Parker Executive Director The Digital Legal Exchange (UK)
Ashlin Perumall Partner Baker McKenzie
Lindi Atieno Vundla Head of Legal: Sub-Saharan Africa Uber
Kenneth Muhangi Managing Partner KTA Advocates
Gregory Nott Director & Head of Africa Practice Norton Rose Fulbright
Sonya Syan Head of Professional Support Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (KEN)
Yolande Myburgh General Counsel: Africa Retail, Business Banking & Financial Services Absa Group Limited
Melissa Lyon Executive Director & Experience Designer Hive Legal (Aus)
Naomi Thompson Senior Vice President: Legal Solutions EMEA Exigent Limited
James Leach Chief Learning Officer Africa Legal
Verity White Founder Checklist Legal (AUS)
Naseem Ameer-Mia Senior Manager: ALT Corporate Herbert Smith Freehills SA LLP
Clare Fanner Legal Sector Marketing Expert Find Get Grow Limited (UK)
Jason van Dijk Global Director Legal Services & Technology Exigent Limited
Mellony Ramalho Sales and Marketing Director LexisNexis South Africa
Annie Haggar Global Legal Lead Strategic Partnerships, Accenture (AUS)
Rico Burnett Global Director of Client Innovation Exigent Limited
Byran Barkley Business Development Manager Co-Operative Computing (Pty) Ltd
Elizabeth de Stadler Founding Director Novation Consulting (Pty) Ltd
Charlene Vorster Product Manager: Legal Sabinet
Solomon Okedara Partner Solomon Okedara & Co. (NIG)
Ben Groot CEO Lexa
Peter Corner Manager Alternative Contracting (AUS)
Camilla Andersen Senior Project Leader Comic Book Contracting Project (AUS)
Rorisang Mzozoyana Senior Legal Counsel (Banking) & CEO Independent
Robert de Rooy Founder Creative Contracts (Pty) Ltd
Leah Molatseli Head of Business Development – Legal Solutions Legal Interact
Martin Kotze Director Doc Ninja
Karim Anjarwalla Managing Partner ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna (KEN)
Tominiyi Owolabi Managing Partner Olaniwun & Ajayi (NIG)
Melanie van Biljon Co-Founder & CEO Bizzamm
Ryan Strange Co-Founder & COO Bizzamm
Dries Cronje Founder & CEO DocInsights
Catherine Paulse CEO and Co-Founder BriefCo
Yusha Davidson COO and Co-Founder Briefco
Justin Cornish CEO Lighthouse Law
Lalena Posthumus Projects & Innovation Leader Lighthouse Law
Kevin Van Tonder Director, Corporate and Commercial Cognia Law
Leanne Smyth Manager, Legal QA & Compliance Legal & Company Secretariat Operations, Insurance Australia Group Limited (AUS)
Lynn Roux Head of HR Norton Rose SA
Judith Babirye Kagere Associate, KTA Advocates (UG)

“Celebrating the people, technology, ideas & innovations that are literally transforming the way law firms & in-house legal teams operate”


Save R5 000 when you register for Legal Innovation & Tech Fest! This is your reward for booking tickets early! It’s a great opportunity to get as many people from your organisation at this event as possible.

Your registration includes entry to Legal Innovation & Tech Fest, the solutions showcase, lunches, refreshments and the networking drinks. You also receive electronic access to all content and the full participant contact list.