Meet the legal technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators behind:

Not your ordinary legal conference!

ALTACON is a unique one-day event where Australia’s leading legal technologists, national and international luminaries and the legal community come together to:

Discuss and debate the trends in legal design, artificial intelligence, blockchain and legal innovation and the implications for the business of law

Share real-world applications of legal technology for law firms and in-house legal departments.

Learn from their hard-earned, hands-on experience in driving legal transformation.

Celebrate innovation and ingenuity and then party with the cool people of the legal industry!

Friday, 31 May 2O19

9 AM – 7 PM

Shed 14 Central Pier, Docklands, Melbourne.

Tickets for ALTACON are now SOLD OUT!

Meet the legal technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators behind:

Friday, 31 May 2O19

9 AM – 7 PM

Shed 14 Central Pier
Docklands, Melbourne

Snap-up your ticket!

$350All-Access Delegate Pass
$150 – 1/2 Day LegalTech Expo +
ALTA Stories Pass

ALTACON. Shed 14 Central Pier, Docklands – Melbourne.
Speaker Sessions (Sumac Room)
ALTA Member Stories (Maia Room)
Speaker Sessions (Sumac Room)
ALTA Member Stories (Maia Room)
04:37
ALTACON
09:00 - 09:30
Registration & LegalTech Expo Opens.

Start the day by mingling with fellow delgates and Australia’s leading legal technologists and entrepreneurs at the ALTA LegalTech Expo.

09:00 - 10:30
Registration & LegalTech Expo Opens.

Start the day by mingling with fellow delgates and Australia’s leading legal technologists and entrepreneurs at the ALTA LegalTech Expo.

09:30 - 09:30
Session Speakers MC.

Session Speakers MC. More…

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Melissa Lyon
Business Development & Innovation Specialist, Hive Legal
09:30 - 09:45
Welcome.
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Stevie Ghiassi
President, ALTACON
09:45 - 10:30
Coming Together: Transforming Legal Through Community, Cross-Pollination & Platforms.

The legal market is hurtling into a period of immense change. Yet the future of legal remains kaleidoscopic. Maturing technology, explosive investment growth, new business and service models, and nearly limitless market opportunities are pushing and pulling the industry in different directions. In an industry crying out for coordination during an innovation growth spurt, we can look not to individual voices or centralized leadership, but to ourselves to guide the legal industry through this chaotic period. More…

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Christian Lang
Director of Strategy, Reynen Court LLC
10:25 - 10:30
Member Stories MC.

Member Stories MC. More…

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Tessa Ramanlal
Co-Founder & Director, Anika
10:30 - 10:45
The Future of Law & Lawyers.

Nick takes us on a journey into the future of law and lawyers, including:

  • How to unlock creativity in lawyers
  • Lawyers must embrace tech, but the right kind of tech
  • Forget media scare campaigns about widespread tech-induced lawyer unemployment. Tech will create enormous opportunities for lawyers
  • Tired of innovation-theatre! Presenting a proven methodology to ensure in-house legal teams can actually bring ROI-positive innovations to fruition

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Nick Abrahams
Global Head of Technology and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright
10:30 - 10:45
Digitising Legal Services Delivery – Lessons from the Australian Postal Service.

Julian will compare and contrast his experiences in digitising legal services delivery, with his previous life of digitising the Australian Postal Service. Arguably both services are very traditional and ‘old school’, but there are some key learnings from the postal service that are relevant to legal services and also vice versa. Opportunity is not always where it might first appear! More…

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Julian Uebergang
Managing Director, Asia Pacific - Neota Logic
10:45 - 11:00
Dealing with the Deluge of Incoming Contracts.

Many companies receive draft contracts from their business partners on a daily basis.  The company may have its own template contract, but the commercial reality is often that the company has to accept the business partner’s preferred form of contract as the starting point for negotiations.  In the past, contract managers and corporate counsel had to undertake their review of their partners’ contracts manually.  Legal techology now offers the potential of removing a lot of the drudgery from this exercise. More…

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Michael Pattison
Founder, Contract Probe
10:45 - 11:15
Rise of the Bots.

Join us as our panellists demonstrate their bots then embark on a lively discussion on the rise of the bot.

Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) created a virtual assistant called “Zela” to assist CELA’s clients in “the field” (business teams outside Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond). Zela responds to over 2,500 questions (in millions of iterations) in the following topics: compliance, NDAs, sponsorship, marketing, customer cloud questions, GDPR, MOUs, and company information.

Telstra’s internal Legal Chatbot has been designed to assist internal clients with a range of high volume, low risk inquires by using Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and programed conversations. The Chatbot was wholly developed in-house by leveraging the underlying technology and processes developed for Telstra’s customer facing bot, Codi, which handles over 2 million customer interactions a year.

 

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Nick Abrahams
Global Head of Technology and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright
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Alex Rosenrauch
Legal Process Specialist, Telstra
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Garry Barnes
Product Owner - Applied Machine Learning, Telstra
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Ben Gilbert
Attorney, Microsoft
11:00 - 11:15
LegalTech – War Stories and Other Disasters.

Xakia was ‘born’ 2.5 years ago. The journey to this point for any legal technology is never straight or smooth and even success stories are littered with sleep deprivation, near-disasters and toe-blisters from walking to limit the cost of an Uber. Jodie will walk the audience through some of the scariest, silliest and most hilarious moments of the Xakia journey to date – seen through the eyes of a lawyer-turned-tech founder as she has had to navigate building a team, a product and a client base across three continents – all at the same time. More…

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Jodie Baker
Founder & CEO, Xakia Technologies
11:15 - 11:30
With Great Legal Tech comes Great Responsibility.

Never before have lawyers held such a stunning array of technology tools at their fingertips for offering increasingly affordable and accessible legal services to our clients. With these advancements, however, comes a special duty to comply with professional rules and other ethical obligations. This session draws upon insights from legal services innovations around the globe to help lawyers leverage great legal tech while also meeting their professional and ethical responsibilities. More…

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Renee Newman Knake
Fulbright Distinguished Chair, RMIT
11:15 - 11:30
Blockchain and the 6 Billion Without Access to Justice.

Over 2 billion live without access to banking and almost 4 billion live without access to the internet, but staggeringly, over 6 billion people currently live without access to justice. Blockchain technology promises to deliver greater financial inclusion and to make the internet available to everyone, but what hope does it hold for the 6 billion?

Decentralised networks allows us to rethink the way society’s most disadvantaged access legal services through the creation of new business models and organisations that are characterised by unprecedented efficiency, transparency and new ways of incentivising positive behaviour. Find out why blockchain technology holds the key to a future with greater access to justice.

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Stevie Ghiassi
President, ALTACON
11:30 - 12:00
Morning Tea & LegalTech Expo.

Morning Tea is served in the Maia Room and whilst there you and your fellow delegates can check out  Australia’s leading legal technologists and entrepreneurs at the ALTA LegalTech Expo.

11:30 - 12:00
Morning Tea & LegalTech Expo.

Morning Tea is served in the Maia Room and whilst there you and your fellow delegates can check out  Australia’s leading legal technologists and entrepreneurs at the ALTA LegalTech Expo.

12:00 - 12:15
My hockey stick is broken: the startup story no one tells.

Founder & CEO of thedocyard Stuart Clout will be offering a unique and brutally honest insight into his journey from law firm partner turned lawtech startup rookie in 2016 to thedocyard emerging as a global tech play across both legal and financial services into 2019, mercilessly demystifying and debunking the startup mythology on the way. More…

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Stuart Clout
Founder, thedocyard
12:00 - 13:00
Where does competitive advantage lie? Exploring the value of legal design.

It is a given, technology is developing at an exponential pace, shifting the way legal teams work, law firms operate and potentially redefining the role of the lawyer. With specific reference to legal design and human-centered design, Meera discusses why in this digital age it is imperative to focus equally on aspects that cannot be digitised or automated – because that is ultimately where competitive advantage lies and a key aspect to maintaining relevancy.

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Meera Klemola
Legal design expert & Founder of Observ.
12:15 - 12:30
Why ‘Productise’ Your Legal Services.

Moving beyond the billable hours business model, it’s become increasingly clear that the future of law firms will centre around ‘productisation’ of legal services, drawing on the power of automation and data analytics. In this presentation, Evan explains the benefits of adopting this approach for law firms seeking to increase the firm’s gross margin and for in-house legal departments to allow counsel to address a company’s legal needs at low cost and with heightened efficiencies. More…

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Evan Wong
CEO, Checkbox Technology
12:30 - 12:45
From Lawyer to Entrepreneur (You can do it too!).

Karen never wanted to be an entrepreneur. In fact, being the daughter of a serial entrepreneur in the 1980s and 90’s, Karen actively sort out a career that would lead her as far away from the entrepreneurial world as she could get – being a lawyer! Karen will share her unlikely journey through the legal tech startup world, sharing the key lessons she has learnt along the way, and most importantly inspiring those who may not see themselves as your stereotypical founder or legal innovator to take a leap of faith. More…

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Karen Finch
CEO, Legally Yours
12:45 - 13:00
Are LegalTech Start-ups Legal?

AcuTax is designed to deliver automated tax and legal solutions, ‘signed off’ by a qualified legal practitioner, which enables users, including other advisers, to confidently rely on the solution. As a legalTech startup founder, and a qualified legal practitioner, Rod needed to ensure that AcuTax was ‘legal’ under the Legal Profession Uniform Law. More…

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Rod Henderson
Founder, AcuTax
13:00 - 13:45
Lunch.

Lunch is served in the Maia Room.

13:00 - 13:45
Lunch.

Lunch is served in the Maia Room.

13:45 - 14:00
The Law Firm as a Value-Added Reseller.

Advances in legal technology mean some law firms will become value-added resellers (VARs) of software rather than end-to-end producers of legal services – taking software created by third party, and adding their own content and advice in serving their clients. There are many profound implications for law firms becoming VARs in particular sharing margin with software vendors; co-branding (ala Intel Inside); new skills sets; different pricing models based more on client outcomes; and new competitors with the threat of software going direct. The presentation will outline these implications for law firms and technology firms and the type of responses they should consider. More…

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Joel Barolsky
MD, Barolsky Advisors
13:45 - 14:00
Learning from Optimism: Developing an Innovation Culture.

Design-thinking is the fabled methodology for innovation that is fast becoming part of the lawyer’s toolkit. But how do we move from workshopping with Post-It notes to embedding design-thinking capabilities into the DNA of an organisation?  How can design-thinking help us deliver more for less? More…

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Sara Rayment
Founder, Inkling Legal Design
14:00 - 14:15
IT Security: The best practices to prepare for the worst.

People often yawn if you ever mention IT policies. But allow John Stambelos, founder of Stambelos Consulting and former CIO for Munger, Tolles & Olson to take you on a speed-dating tour through the process to construct your firm’s comprehensive information security policies. More…

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John Stambelos
Principal, Stambelos Consulting LLC
14:00 - 14:15
Improving the Working Lives of Lawyers.

Tom uses his own experiences and a range of external research to illustrate how the current structure, processes and expectations of the legal industry as a whole are not designed to make the most of the people working within in – and the challenges associated with the disaffection of young lawyers, graduates, law students and paralegals for the industry as a whole. He will explain how legal technology has the capacity to achieve real results for real people, improving the quality of lawyers’ working lives and the accessibility of legal services for everyone. More…

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Tom Dreyfus
Co-Founder and CEO, Josef
14:15 - 14:30
What Lawyers Really Charge.

In January 2019, 412 law firms told us what they actually charge. The results blew us away. With technology driving efficiency, law firms are letting go of billable hours and charging fixed fees. But what should they charge? What do others charge? Are you pricing yourself out of the market? Or undercharging in a race to the bottom? For the first time, find out what lawyers actually charge in this presentation from David Lipworth, Managing Director of Smarter Drafter. David will then share techniques that all lawyers should use in pricing and delivering legal services. More…

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David Lipworth
Managing Director, Smarter Drafter
14:15 - 14:30
Show Me The Innovation: Lessons from Fincap Law.

A discussion on the breadth and depth of the rapidly expanding legal technology market and a look at some real-life examples of where legal technology solutions have been deployed in the Fincap Law operating model. Alan will explore the process of selecting the right technology solution for the task, challenges of implementation, examples of success and of failure and lessons learned in the process. He’ll also take a look at what lies ahead for the legal technology market in 2019 and the continuing disruptive impact on the world of legal services delivery. More…

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Alan Angell
Partner, Fincap Law
14:30 - 14:45
Collaborative Partnerships for Success.

In this engaging session, Fiona discusses how collaborative partnerships have helped drive the success of legal chatbot developer, LawSwitch, helping them grow their reputation in the market, and open opportunities that are larger than they could undertake on their own . She draws on her experience to explain what to consider when entering partnership arrangements and the key factors that drive success for all parties. More…

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Fiona Kirkman
Co-Founder, LawSwitch
14:30 - 14:45
Show Me The Innovation: Lessons from Plexus.

Plexus is on a mission to transform legal value. Through advanced technology and flexible access to world-class talent, Plexus powers the world’s leading organisations by enabling legal teams to deliver more with less and freeing lawyers to focus on higher value work. More…

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Andrew Mellet
CEO and Founder, Plexus
14:45 - 15:15
Afternoon Tea & LegalTech Expo.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Maia Room and whilst there you and your fellow delegates can check out Australia’s leading legal technologists and entrepreneurs at the ALTA LegalTech Expo.

14:45 - 15:15
Afternoon Tea & LegalTech Expo.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Maia Room and whilst there you and your fellow delegates can check out Australia’s leading legal technologists and entrepreneurs at the ALTA LegalTech Expo.

15:15 - 15:30
A Tech Nerd and his Document Automation Dream.

Chris will discuss the challenges and lessons of driving an innovative product and tech-nerd into a fully-fledged entity that is MOSMAR today. He will share his insight into how to overcome  common obstacles in the world of document automation, relatable to both the information worker and the IT guru. He will also discuss the challenge of balancing responsiveness to client product demands with staying true to product roadmaps and stability. More…

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Chris Painter
Director & Architect, Mosmar
15:15 - 15:30
Access to Justice: The importance of UX / human centered design.

When I started my legal design career, I didn’t know what UX (user experience) and HCD (human-centered design) meant. I just knew that, for most people, courts are daunting, legal information is incomprehensible, and self-help can be nearly impossible. This makes the experience of an already stressful time much worse. But there is hope.

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Luke Thomas
Design Strategist, Portable
15:30 - 15:45
Law as Code: Regulations, ethics and privacy.

Blockchain is fundamentally a new institutional technology – a technology for tokenising information leading to new ways of conducting economic exchange and new forms of organisation. One application is that blockchain provides the technological infrastructure for a new generation of self-executing legal contracts. In this presentation, the example of smart contracting will be used to explore the idea of “Law as Code” and consider the various regulatory, ethical, privacy, and other legal implications of blockchain. More…

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Aaron Lane
Law Lecturer, RMIT University
15:30 - 15:45
Summer Clerks for all Seasons.

In 2016, Janelle said farewell to equity partnership and started Helix Legal, a new breed of legal business focused on outcomes for clients and not billing targets. Very late one evening, she wished there was somewhere in cyber-space that would magically produce reliable, capable research clerks – and LawLancer was born. In her presentation, Janelle will discuss the role of the freelance economy in the firms and legal departments of the future and share new ways of tapping into legal talent. More…

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Janelle Kerrisk
Founder, LawLancer
15:45 - 16:00
A Clean Slate: Building a legal technology plan.

In-house legal teams are increasingly looking at legal technology in order to better deliver legal services to their organisations. Lawyers used to look at technology as something that might also be able to be used to assist with their legal work. In this session we will look at changing organisations and the opportunity to shape a new legal technology plan. More…

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Joel Seignior
Project Legal Counsel, West Gate Tunnel Project
15:45 - 16:00
Flexibility and Agility, the Key to an Innovative Organisation.

Many organisations are under significant market-pressure to become more customer-driven and out-come orientated.  But this can be easier said than done! Drawing from GlobalX’s transformative experience, David explains how to create a business environment that supports innovation and speedy go-to-market strategies for new products or services that are critical competitive differentiators, using the Agile method. More…

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David Hobley
CI0, GlobalX
16:00 - 16:15
Choosing the right software.

To make sure you can take advantage of the plethora of legal software solutions on the market, you need to make sure they are the right fit for you.  And much of this comes down to the selection process you embark on.  In this presentation,  Karen McDonald draws on her extensive experience helping clients select and implement the right legal practice management software to highlight the key things you need to think about when selecting a solution so that reality matches (or indeed exceeds) expectation. More…

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Karen McDonald
Founder, Wise Owl Legal
16:00 - 16:15
State of the LegalTech Market in Australia.

Australia’s LegalTech market has just moved into the mainstream consciousness of our $23 billion legal industry. Fuelled by strong grassroots movement of technologists, lawyers and entrepreneurs bringing solutions to life, we now have 111 LegalTech firms in the market. Eric will share his research on the LegalTech firms in the Australian market by gauging the firms, their solutions, business models, pricing models, underlying technology and outlook. More…

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Eric Chin
Principal, Alpha Creates
16:15 - 16:45
Is Legal Tech ready for Venture Capital?

Our panellists, led by Oonagh McEldowney from Telstra’s start-up accelerator muru-D, debate the question ‘Is Legal Tech Ready for Venture Capital?” More…

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Oonagh McEldowney
GC & Startup Advisor, Muru-D
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Ben Hensman
Senior Associate, Square Peg Capital
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Peter Dunne
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
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Niels Maartens
Chief Commercial Officer, YBF Ventures & member of Law Tech Hub
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Jonathan Lay
Vice President, Macquarie Venture Capital Group
16:15 - 16:30
Villains, Heroes, Guides and Adversity: How to Tell Your Story.

Most good movies have a story line that includes a villain, a hero, the guide and some adversity to overcome. Marketing your product/service also needs to tell a story. Your client (the hero) needs to understand how your product/service (the guide) might shift something which matters to them positively, what the obstacle (villain) is and what their life would look like (the transformation) if they succeed. Stephen illustrates this with a real life example of what happened when the company unwittingly positioned their product/service as the hero and not the guide. More…

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Stephen Foley
CEO, TA Law
16:30 - 16:45
Convenience Trumps Quality: Lessons for Surviving in the Digital Age.

History has shown that the disruptive technologies and businesses that win out provide us with increased convenience rather than improved quality. Lawyers are typically perfectionist by nature. They tend to gravitate toward delivering the highest quality legal services rather than the most convenient. In his presentation, Steve explains how this approach and mindset limits your ability to adopt new technology and to service your client’s needs – and what you need to focus on instead in order to survive in a digital age. More…

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Steve Tyndall
Founder, Client Sense
16:45 - 17:15
Shining a Light on Early-Stage LegalTech.

The ALTACON Pitch competition finalists presentations in the Sumac Room.

The ALTACON Pitch competition finalists share their early-stage legal tech innovation ideas in rapid-fire pitch presentations in the last session for the day. Who will ALTA President, Stevie Ghiassi announce as the winner of the inaugural ALTACON pitch competition winner, as selected by judges from the VC panel?

 

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Tobias Crush
Willbits
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Alastair Blenkin
Hyra iQ
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Chris McCormick
Croftbridge
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Henry Wu
Cynapse
16:45 - 17:15
Shining a Light on Early-Stage LegalTech.

The ALTACON Pitch competition finalists share their early-stage legal tech innovation ideas in rapid-fire pitch presentations in the last session for the day. Who will ALTA President, Stevie Ghiassi announce as the winner of the inaugural ALTACON pitch competition winner, as selected by judges from the VC panel?

 

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Tobias Crush
Willbits
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Alastair Blenkin
Hyra iQ
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Chris McCormick
Croftbridge
Shining a Light on Early-Stage LegalTech. image
Henry Wu
Cynapse
17:15 - 19:00
Networking + Drinks + LegalTech Expo.

Networking + Drinks + LegalTech Expo continue in the Maia Room.

17:15 - 19:00
Networking + Drinks + LegalTech Expo.

Networking + Drinks + LegalTech Expo continue in the Maia Room.

19:00 - 21:00
Band-aoke (Live band + karaoke!) + Cash Bar.

Band-aoke (Live band + karaoke!) + Cash Bar in the Maia Room.

19:00 - 21:00
Band-aoke (Live band + karaoke!) + Cash Bar.

Band-aoke (Live band + karaoke!) + Cash Bar in the Maia Room.

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