Complimentary Seminars

Have you considered how technology could influence the growth of your firm and your future stability?

48% of Australian firms say their biggest challenge to driving innovation internally is ‘getting enough time and resources away from business as usual’ to make a change. Now, more than ever, there is a need to meet the demands of your clients.

Cultivate 2019 offers the unique opportunity to hear how legal firms are already using innovative technology to help grow their business and for you to learn how to implement growth strategies for your own firm, to meet your clients’ needs. Discover how technology is used as a business growth tool by hearing real case studies, opinions and insights from a variety of guest panellists including CTOs, Business Development Managers and partners from firms of all sizes.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Catherine Ball

Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, executive director, and ethics advocate working across global projects where emerging technologies meet business, humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine will challenge your traditional ideas on what technology is and how it can be used to support your business goals. She will inspire you by drawing parallels from her passion in engineering, science and the use of drone technology for humanitarian relief with cultivating your business.

Industry 5.0: Business Growth from Human-Centric Technology
Technology is not just for technology’s sake. Applying a human-centric way of working inside an increasingly digital world is not just a great business opportunity; it is now becoming the go-to business model.  Big data, personalised. Client Management and Artificial Intelligence for improved outcomes.  Reduced costs through skills and aptitude.  Retraining instead of redundancy. Smarts not same-old.
To stay ahead of the pack you have to lead from the front.  Is your business across all the opportunities currently available? After all, Industry 5.0 is due to start in 2020.


8:30am – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am

Welcome address

9:30am – 10:30am

Opening keynote

10:30am – 10:50am

Morning tea

10:50am – 11:20am

The pulse of the industry

11:20am – 11:50am

Industry Expert Panel Discussion
Technology to grow your legal practice

11:50am – 12:00pm


12:00pm – 12:45pm

Pre-registered breakout sessions

Event speakers

Emanuel Oros

Partner Corporate & Commercial, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Sydney | Brisbane | Melbourne

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Emanuel is a senior commercial lawyer who specialises in property development and leasing matters. His extensive knowledge on all aspects of complex property, finance, environmental, commercial, corporate, leasing and telecommunications matters is highly valued by his clients.

Ian Marshall

National Head of Business Development, Macquarie Bank

Sydney | Melbourne

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Ian Marshall is the National Head of Business Development for Macquarie’s Business Banking Division. He has 17 years’ experience in banking and financial services, including 15 years at Macquarie, working primarily in banking the professional services sectors. A key focus for Ian is the future opportunities associated with the changing business landscape and the growing influence of technology in the sectors and how businesses can embrace this change to move up the value chain for their clients’

Carl Bezuidenhout

Executive Director – Business Development, BDO


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Carl is head of the Sydney Clients and Markets team at BDO, responsible for business development and client retention. His objective is all about supporting growth and is fascinated by the impact technology will have on the delivery of services in the professional services environment.

Patricia Monemvasitis

Partner, Carroll & O'Dea


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Over 25 years, Patricia has built a reputation for being one of the most effective commercial and property lawyers in Australia. With combined degrees in accounting, finance and law, she has helped build Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ business practice since she joined the firm in 2004. Patricia advises on commercial and property dealings and disputes for SME's, not-for-profit entities and private clients.

David Bowles

Solicitor, Queensland Law Society


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David wants everyone to share in a world where change is for the good, “new” is an opportunity and life is an adventure. He is a Solicitor with the Queensland Law Society, the latest phase of a twenty five year legal career. Current work focuses on design and delivery of information security programs for law firms, project management and the ethics of legal innovation.

Marie Sheehy

Principal, Calvados + Woolf Lawyers


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Marie Sheehy is the principal at Calvados + Woolf Lawyers, a boutique legal firm located in Fortitude Valley and Upper Mount Gravatt focusing on corporate and commercial law, wills and estates, pharmacy and healthcare law, asset protection and property services.


Tracey Whyte

Director of Business Development & Marketing, Piper Alderman


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Tracey Whyte is Head of the Business Development and Marketing team at Piper Alderman, a national commercial law firm. She has over 17 years' marketing and business development experience and has worked with small to mid-tier professional service firms over the last 15 years.
In 2015, 2016 and 2018, Tracey was named as a Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 'Women in Law Awards' for 'Marketing Communications Executive of the Year'.

Jason Jones

Head of Client Tech Solutions, Corrs Chambers Westgarth


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Jason has worked in the Australian Legal technology sector for 20 years and heads up the Client Tech Solutions group at Australia’s leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Jason is passionate about challenging the status quo by constantly looking for new ways to do business using smart technologies.

Patrick Ng

Principal Consultant, InPlace Solutions


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With more than 20 years’ experience within professional services, largely at a top 20 national law firm, Patrick has consulted to manufacturers, educational institutions, retailers, private equity, property developers and tech firms and is a frequent guest speaker on Legal Tech. Clients frequently engage him to deliver bespoke, commercially unique tech solutions that have a core strategic focus on Alignment, PMO, Innovation, Transformation, Tech Governance/Compliance or Best Practice.

Meng Cheong

Senior Associate, Nevile & co. Laywers


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Meng holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor in Computer Science from Monash University, Victoria, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Prior to joining Nevile & Co., Meng worked at boutique law firms where he gained a wealth of experience in diverse areas of law including commercial and corporate law, litigation, bankruptcy, insolvency and criminal law. He has developed as a versatile lawyer capable of turning his hand equally well to a multitude of legal fields.

John Ahern

CEO, InfoTrack

Sydney | Brisbane | Melbourne

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John has over 20 years’ experience in the Information Sector and has led InfoTrack’s technology development and extensive growth since he started as CEO in 2015. John is passionate about supporting the  industry through the transition to digital and regularly hosts industry roundtables and seminars to educate and seek feedback from practitioners.

Sandra Falzon

General Manager, Marketing, InfoTrack

Sydney | Brisbane | Melbourne

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Sandra Falzon is a passionate executive leader with deep experience in brand transformation and growth. She comes with an impressive marketing portfolio having led marketing teams across InfoTrack and The Tax Institute and consulted to over 35 business clients. Sandra is an active contributor to the marketing profession as a mentor to young marketers, representative of the NSW State Chapter of the Australian Marketing Institute.

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Who is this seminar for?

No matter how big or small your firm, Cultivate 2019 is suitable for all legal practitioners. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the techniques and tools you need to grow your business.

Why attend?

  1. Challenge your traditional views on what technology is and find out how powerful technology can be in supporting your business goals.
  2. Get involved in the debate, ask questions and seek clarification on how you can use technology to streamline your practice and create efficiencies.
  3. Attend exclusive breakaway sessions, featuring smart technology that can help your firm grow.
  4. Receive three complimentary CPD points under practice management and business skills for attending.


25 September 2019, 8:30am - 12:45pm
International Convention Centre Sydney
14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW, 2000


9 October 2019, 8:30am - 12:45pm
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Merivale St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101


23 October 2019, 8:30am - 12:45pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006