Monday, June 1, 2009

Janders Dean Law Firm Knowledge Management Conference - Another Successful Year!

The second annual Janders Dean Law Firm Knowledge Management Conference was held in Sydney last Thursday to a packed house of attendees from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Representatives from firms such as Freehills, Blake Dawson, Gilbert+Tobin, DLA Phillips Fox, Corrs, Allens and Baker & McKenzie (in addition to representatives from corporates such as Westpac, Macquarie Bank, New Zealand Crown Law and the Australian Taxation Office) gathered at the luxurious L'Aqua Gold Room and rooftop terrace (on the only day of the week blessed with sunshine) to hear law firm leaders discuss the current state of knowledge management, and the future direction of the discipline.

Such was the popularity of this year's event and the interest in the speakers and the agenda, that Janders Dean had to increase the capacity of the conference area to accommodate demand.

Delegates were furiously taking notes as former global CKO of Linklaters and author of "Effective Knowledge Management for Law Firms" Matthew Parsons discussed the evolution of law firm knowledge management and predictions of the future landscape of legal support roles and KM as a discipline.

Having spoken Australia, London, Boston and New York on topics of knowledge management and law firm management, and published articles in the United States, England and Australia on knowledge management and legal technology, Janders Dean were honoured to be able to have Matthew join us as the keynote speaker for this year's conference.

Matthew's presentation was followed by Janet Young (Chief Operating Officer of Freehills) who openly discussed the unique ways in which this top ranked Australian law firm had tackled their KM issues over the past few years, and how Freehills plan to continue the evolution of KM as both a fee earner and client facing service offering.

This presentation from the COO's perspective captivated the audience as a number of firms continue to seek ways in which to gain management sponsorship and buy in for knowledge services during challenging economic climates.

Justine Woodford from Allens spoke of the firm's approaches to KM during the downturn and gave timely and professional advice on how KM teams can continued to provide leading edge services to lawyers while under budget scrutiny. Moreover, Justine demonstrated how firms can use the current economic climate to their advantage through the introduction of KM value added services.

One of the most captivating case study sessions of the day came from Vanessa Lewis of the Australian Taxation Office who spoke from an "out of industry/non-law firm" perspective on the knowledge and collaboration projects underway within the department.

Feedback from the delegates indicated that these detailed case study sessions are of significant value - particularly to those attendees who may not have an opportunity to be exposed to what is possible and achievable from outside their immediate law firm peer group.

Other speakers on the day included Simon Price of Recommind, Justin Harness of Macquarie Bank, Marc Peter of LexisNexis and Neil Etheridge from Autonomy.

We wish to express our sincere thanks to all delegates, sponsors and partners from this year's event, as well as to those Janders Dean friends and family who worked silently supporting us in the background so as to make this event yet another successful and unique platform for knowledge sharing and expertise exchange.

Janders Dean are pleased to continue to bring this conference to the market, and also to demonstrate our leadership (and the leadership of our clients) in the areas of law firm knowledge management and strategic technology planning.

Further information on this year's conference can be obtained via email from

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