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The founders of LegalTechNZ invited me to the LegalTechNZ launch in Wellington today.  We were hosted by Simpson Grierson and treated to a lively and informative discussion about all things AI and legal tech,  The group has been set up to facilitate collaboration between legal practitioners and developers of legal software and after the discussions today, I believe they are absolutely on the right track to fostering some great new developments in overcoming fear of and reluctance of adopting the enabling new technologies available to us.

The Master of Ceremonies was Caroline Ferguson – Business Transformation Manager at Simpson Grierson. Previously a finance lawyer, Caroline is passionate about helping the legal industry embrace design and technology to enhance the client experience.


Jane Parker: Jane leads the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts and sits on the board of the firm’s joint venture, McCarthy Finch, investigating how legal services can be provided using artificial intelligence. She has over 20 years of experience working in and for technology organisations and is recognised as a practical option-generator, an excellent facilitator and clear communicator.

Dr James Every-Palmer QCBarrister, Stout Street Chambers. James is an experienced competition and regulatory lawyer with a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice. He has a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning from the University of Oxford, has worked at the OECD on regulation of the Internet and is a trustee of lawspot.org.nz (a work-in-progress online community law centre). Before joining the independent bar in 2013, James was a partner at Russell McVeagh for 12 years.

Dino Bohinc: The impact of legal technology on young lawyers is a very topical discussion. Dino brings a millenial’s perspective to the panel being freshly admitted and clerks at Zone Law in Wellington, specialising in domestic and global trademarks. He also sits on Wellington’s Young Lawyers Committee. His father being in IT, he has grown up intimately with an electronically- and IT-influenced lifestyle and dedicates his life’s success to Google Calendar and MS Excel.