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 2017, we have representatives in 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.

In 2017 we will:

  • with student society QUT Starters, run our highly successful and popular legal entrepreneurship competition Disrupting Law in Brisbane;
  • with Adrian Agius, the Director of our Sydney operation, assist in the running of HackJustice in Sydney;
  • run discussion panel events about legal innovation, hosted at 6 of Australia’s most innovative law firms (our partners);
  • publish accessible, easy-to-read articles on hot-topics in legal innovation discourse both in print and online; and
  • host TLF Chats, a series of informal discussions about legal innovation over tapas and tanqueray

Our partner and primary patron is global legal industry consultants Janders Dean.

Our law firm partners for 2017 are:

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • DLA Piper
  • McCullough Robertson
  • Allens
  • 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

Director

Milan founded TLF after being inspired by Richard Susskind’s book ‘Tomorrow’s Lawyers’. He is the National Director of TLF and represents the team on the Advisory Board to the Centre for Legal Innovation. Milan is passionate about start-ups, space law and saving the Earth from anthropogenic climate change.

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Tristan Lockwood

Corporate Relationships

Tristan Lockwood is the National Corporate Relations Manager. He is a creative, big picture thinker with a love of trends and technology. Tristan is a Co-Founder of TLF.

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Andrew Dibden

Treasurer

Andrew is our Treasurer and a Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Andrew is an admitted lawyer with a keen interest in driving the discussion about the role of ethics and justice in a constantly changing legal profession. He shares our passion for innovation and disrupting the status quo in search of continual improvement.

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Tegun Middleton

Secretary

Tegun is the Director of The Legal Forecast's Queensland chapter and a Lawyer at McCullough Robertson. For Tegun, The Legal Forecast is about empowering young people to have a voice in the development of the legal profession and the improvement of access to justice through technology and innovation.

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Richard Gifford

Public Sector

Richard's portfolio covers the Public Sector, Mental Health and Access to Justice. Richard is passionate about the role innovation can play in improving access to justice to those locked out of the legal system. He is also passionate about helping lawyers better look after their mental health.

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Angus Murray

Research & Development

Angus is the National Director of Research and Professional Development. He is a Senior Associate and Trade Marks Attorney at Irish Bentley Lawyers and is also a current Vice President of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties and the Vice Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia. He is passionate about practicing law and discussing the future of the legal profession.

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Executive Team

Queensland

Tegun Middleton

Queensland Director

Tegun is the Director of The Legal Forecast's Queensland chapter and a Lawyer at McCullough Robertson. For Tegun, The Legal Forecast is about empowering young people to have a voice in the development of the legal profession and the improvement of access to justice through technology and innovation.

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James Semit

Executive Member

James is the Secretary of The Legal Forecast and a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons. He has a keen interest in design thinking, innovation and enabling technology in legal practice.

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Sam Sheehan

Executive Member

Sam is the Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship and is the CEO of Smart Sensor Technologies. He is completing a Bachelor of Laws at QUT and is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation across all disciplines.

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Rachel Treasure

Secretary

Rachel is the Deputy Director of Technology and is currently studying Law / IT. Rachel works as a law clerk at ClarkeKann Lawyers in the Commercial and Corporate Sector, with a strong focus and passion for working with startups and technology companies. Rachel is passionate about Women in Tech and Disruptive Innovation.

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Mollie O'Connor

Executive Member

Mollie is currently studying Arts/Law, with majors in Economics and International Relations. She is particularly passionate about creating sustainable policy, and improving access to justice, particularly for Indigenous people.

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Kate Timmerman

Executive Member

Kate is Deputy Director of Professional Engagement. She is an associate at Jones Day. Kate is passionate about promoting positive mental health practices and advancement of women in the legal industry.

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New South Wales



Adrian Agius

President

Adrian is an advocate of all things law and technology. He works in both legal technology and technology law on the premise that he will never undertake a traditional legal job.

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Angela Metri

Executive Member

Angela completed her law degree at Macquarie University and is doing her LLM specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law. She is passionate about the future of the legal industry in the context of technology, business and globalisation.

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Erika Ly

Executive Member

Erika operates at the intersection between law, cyber and innovation. Her exposure to the world of startups, advertising and design inform her experience. Erika is particularly focused on the impact of creativity and technology in the changing legal industry.

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Victoria



Sophie Tversky

President

Sophie is the Director of the Victorian arm of The Legal Forecast and is currently studying Arts/Law at Monash University. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and sees the changing nature of the legal profession as an opportunity to raise human capital, wellbeing and better meet the needs of clients. Sophie is committed to empowering young people and believes TLF will drive more collaboration across industries.

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Australian Capital Territory



Jessica Wat

Executive Member

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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Jessica Neal

Executive Member

Jessica is currently studying a Juris Doctor after having completed a Bachelor of International Studies in 2014. She is passionate about international law and development, and has a keen interest in seeking out how we can incorporate technology and innovation into providing legal resources and access to justice in post-conflict nations.

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Technology Sector Subcommittee



Matt Mellifont

Subcommittee Head

I am working in IT for a QLD law firm in a mid level management position. The startup scene is a strong passion of mine which I am actively involved with whilst working on my own projects. I aspire to disrupt traditional business practices of all kinds and drive innovation, I see TLF as the perfect organisation to achieve these goals.

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