Are LegalTech Startups Legal?
12.45 – 1pm | Maia Room
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. In this insightful presentation, Rod will lay out a set of road rules to help legaltech startups and users of legal technology to understand how to ‘stay legal’, drawing on examples, references to case law, legal technology ethical developments by the American Bar Association and his research with the University of Sydney and the Law Society of NSW.
Having completed a career spanning over 30 years advising clients on business and tax laws as a partner at KPMG, Rod Henderson has ‘jumped the fence’ to join the world of startups focusing on providing ethical and reliable tax and legal advice, available to all online, through his startup, AcuTax, based at Tank Stream Labs innovation hub. Rod is also Co-founder of Namaru, a virtual professional advisory firm recently established by former Big 4 accounting and law firm partners and practitioners.
Rod has also supported the University of Sydney Business School in developing of a new capstone course for students majoring in business law, bringing his extensive professional experience and ideas around tax and legal acumen. Rod actively takes a leading role in advocating the adoption of technology within the professions. Rod holds a Bachelor of Economics (Sydney) and Master of Laws (Hons) (Sydney), is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute and a registered Tax Agent with the Tax Practitioners Board.