About Us

Our Mission

Dedicated to advancing legal practice in Australia through innovation and technology.

The Legal Forecast aims to advance legal practice through technology and innovation. It is a not–for–profit run by early–career professionals who are passionate about disruptive thinking and access to justice.

The Legal Forecast is designed as a community and rite of passage for law students and early-career legal professionals who are creative, entrepreneurially-minded and believe technology has an important role to play in legal practice and access to justice.

Our headquarters are in Brisbane, Australia and, as of 2018, we have representatives in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Our members undertake their duties pro bono, for intellectual and social satisfaction and to further access to justice for everyday Australians. Additionally, we are committed to raising money and awareness for mental health charities.

Our partners and primary patrons ins 2018 are Janders Dean, Thomson Reuters and Pexa.

Our law firm partners for 2018 are:

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • McCullough Robertson
  • Piper Alderman
  • King & Wood Mallesons

We are grateful for our partners as they empower us to run The Legal Forecast professionally, inclusively and for the widest possible audience.

National Board

Milan Gandhi

Managing Director

Graduate, McCullough Robertson Lawyers | Bachelor of Film & Television at Bond University | Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland

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Andrew Dibden

Director/Treasurer

"I was concerned and curious: concerned about what developments in technology meant for the future, and curious about how I, as a lawyer, could help ensure those changes were positive."

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Tegun Middleton

Director/ Secretary

Lawyer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers | Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Laws at Griffith University

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Richard Gifford

Director

"I wanted to be a part of shaping the future of lawyers and was excited about the possibilities of working with such a talented and inspired young group. I also knew that no one was doing what TLF was doing and that it would be a great opportunity to have a huge and meaningful impact."

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Angus Murray

Director

"A long-standing passion for the law and its future meant that the Legal Forecast made total sense. We have grown from strength to strength over the past year and it is humbling to be in a central position to emerging issues and change within legal education and practice."

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Executive Team

Queensland

Laura Spalding

Queensland Director

“I am passionate about business and entrepreneurship and the role these components play in the law but more importantly, I believe in the value and potential of young professionals to drive real change in the practice of law and TLF provides the platform for them to do that.”

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James Semit

Executive Member

“Because: (i) I have a keen interest in advancing the practice of law through a mix of disruption, design thinking and innovation; and (ii) I want to be an agent of change, and my involvement with TLF provides me with knowledge and experience required to think in innovative ways.”

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Rachel Treasure

Executive Member

“I am passionate about law and tech and where the future of the legal profession is going. I enjoy spending time discussing interesting topics and creating thought provoking projects with like minded people. Oh, and it’s fun!”

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Molly Thomas

Executive Member

“I was interested in TLF because I’m passionate about mental health, access to justice and technology. I’m involved in TLF because it enables me to work on all three at once.”

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Mollie O’Connor

Executive Member

“I’m passionate about improving access to justice in the legal profession, and TLF allows me to promote improved access to justice through the use of technology and innovation in the legal profession.”

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Iain McGregor-Lowndes

Executive Member

“I joined the Legal Forecast not only because I believe in its mission, but also because I believe in the team behind it. There are not many successful not for profits run exclusively by individuals under 35. I believe the legal industry in Australia and globally is on the cusp of dramatic change and the Legal Forecast is set to play an important role in this change.”

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Josephine Bird

Executive Member

“I joined TLF with the aim to help facilitate the growth of technology and AI in legal practice. I am passionate about the creative side of technology, and the change we can make by thinking outside the box. TLF has allowed me to do this, and more.”

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Akaash Singh

Executive Member

“I’m involved in TLF because it allows me to meet people from so many different areas of law; areas that I would never have even looked at otherwise. On top of that, the people I’ve met and worked with are all enthusiastic, intelligent and super friendly people who are all engaged in the same objective. In short, I’m involved in TLF because of the people.”

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Daniel Owen

Executive Member

“I would say the sense of comradery and community TLF creates for people with a shared vision. It gives us a chance to collaborate over ideas and be at the cause rather than the effect of change.”

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Jake Stacey

Executive Member

“I joined TLF because it provides the incredible opportunity to work on the most interesting and cutting-edge issues facing the legal industry whilst being surrounded by people who are genuinely passionate about improving social justice. It also provides me as an individual the freedom to be involved in areas of the law and technology which I didn't even know existed.”

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Sam Sheehan

Executive Member

“Because I want to see the legal sector continue to take strides through technological innovation.”

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New South Wales



Erika Ly

President

“I desperately believe that the legal industry needs to change - it needs to be agitated, shaken up, and thrust into the modern day. I am proud to be part of the TLF tribe because we are a group of people who share this mission and most importantly, we are ready and willing to drive this change.”

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TBA

2018

Join The Legal Forecast New South Wales team in 2018.

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Victoria



Sophie Tversky

President

“I joined TLF because I am passionate about contributing to the changing legal cultural climate that technology, innovation and disruption have engendered, exploring the opportunities and learnings that occur through interdisciplinary collaboration and the ability for a group of young professionals to create change, learn from industry and each other. I love TLF because it embraces and adopts a growth mindset, exploring how an entrepreneurial curiosity can assist key issues such as access to justice and mental health.”

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TBA

2018

Join The Legal Forecast Victoria team in 2018.

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Australian Capital Territory



Jess Wat

President

Jess is currently studying Law and Politics, Philosophy, Economics at the ANU. She is interested in entrepreneurship and innovating industries as well as the impact of advancing technology in the evolution of the legal sector.

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Jess Leigh Neal

Executive Member

Jessica isAssistant Canberra Branch Director, Young Australians in International Affairs | Juris Doctor at the Australian National University (ongoing)

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Australian Publications Subcommittee



Michael Bidwell

Editor-in-Chief

“I have always had a passion for increasing access to justice and learning how to truly make that a reality. TLF brings together brilliant professionals with a similar passion through technology and innovation so I had to get on board.”

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Benjamin Teng

Editor

“I got involved with TLF to meet like-minded, innovative people, while exploring and contributing to the exciting frontier that is law and technology.”

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International Subcommittees



Josephine Macmillan

TLF Asia Project

“To be part of a proactive and inspired community of young professionals staying on the forefront of innovation in the legal industry. To purposefully improve my understanding of legal tech, to appreciate its long term impacts and ultimately, assist TLF’s endeavours to educate and empower the wider profession to be adaptable to change.”

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Joe May

United Kingdom

“I have watched from afar the amazing work that TLF does in envy that we don’t have something similar in the UK. I was attracted to the desire of young lawyers trying to create the change they wanted to see in the legal industry from the beginning rather than wait 20 years to have any real influence.”

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Clementine Fox

United Kingdom

“An interest in how technology is changing the legal industry drew me to The Legal Forecast. The way we practice law and access legal services is changing and being a part of The Legal Forecast is an opportunity to encourage innovation in this space.”

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Michael Bidwell

New Zealand

“I have always had a passion for increasing access to justice and learning how to truly make that a reality. TLF brings together brilliant professionals with a similar passion through technology and innovation so I had to get on board.”

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Design Team



Aaron Patel

Designer

Principal, Aaron Patel Graphic Design | Bachelor of Digital Media/ Bachelor of Business at Griffith University | Diploma of Commercial Arts at CATC Design School

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