ANU GDLP Legal Innovation Panel

Date: Tuesday 9 July 2019

Time: 8:30am for a 9:00am start - finishing at 10:45am

Location: Deakin Downtown (within the free tram zone)
Tower 2, Level 12
727 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3008



Brett Walker

ANU School of Legal Practice - formerly General Counsel and Deputy Chief Executive of the CSIRO

Brett is a part-time lecturer in the ANU’s School of Legal Practice where he convenes online courses covering intellectual property law, digital media law, technology transfer law and in-house legal practice. Prior to joining the ANU in 2014, Brett practiced as a lawyer and executive in the private, corporate and public sectors in Sydney, Canberra and overseas for 28 years, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive and General Counsel of the CSIRO. Brett also held senior positions with King & Wood Mallesons and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Between 2004 and 2009 Brett was an intellectual property and environment treaty negotiator and advisor with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brett was also the inaugural chair of the Commonwealth Legal Network Services Board. Brett sits on the boards of 4 companies in the technology and disability services sectors. He is a regular media commentator on technology and media law issues and provides training and mentoring services for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Brett now lives in rural Tasmania.

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Melissa Lyon

Associate Principal, Hive Legal

Melissa is a Business Development and Innovation specialist with Hive Legal, an innovative New Law firm which has disrupted the legal profession by introducing truly flexible work practices, technology based solutions for its team and its clients, value pricing and a culture of innovative and creative thought. She draws on many years of experience in legal practice, including as a partner of a law firm.  She has also held senior business development roles, including managing BD teams and leading numerous projects and programs at a top tier legal firm.

 Melissa believes in being brave enough to do things differently, the power of purpose, valuing the skills of all of those who make up the profession ... not just lawyers, and the very real benefits that true collaboration brings. She is a design thinker and has recently been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Legal Innovation which involves spreading the word on design thinking to the profession. She was also named 2017  Business Development Professional of the Year at the Australian Law Awards.

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Julian Uebergang

Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Neota Logic

Julian serves as the Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Neota Logic and is responsible for new and existing client engagements as well as executing brand and marketing strategies in the region.  Julian has also added the responsibility of Chief Product Officer to his remit.

Previously Julian held a digital product strategy role with a start-up entity funded by Australia Post.  He also has significant eDiscovery experience having co-founded PinPoint Global in London and ultimately joining Epiq Systems (NASDAQ: EPIQ) through acquisition to lead their international Client Services and Operations division.

 Julian has a Bachelor of Computer Science from Monash University and lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and three children.

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Denise Doyle

Telstra Legal Transformation Lead

Denise Doyle is Telstra’s Legal Enablement Lead and is currently supporting the prioritised initiatives within the Legal Department that will enable Telstra to deliver its T22 strategy. As a Six Sigma Master Black belt and certified Scrum Master, Denise is focused on delivering greater value by providing strategic leadership on becoming more efficient and effective by leveraging the right frameworks, methodologies and tools that ensure delivery of tangible and sustainable outcomes.

With a strong foundation in process re-engineering built through the successful execution of complex, strategic transformation initiatives at Citibank, NAB, GE and Westpac, Since joining Telstra in February 2018, Denise has led a number of initiatives including the creation of a Legal AI bot, Taila as well as the initiative that fundamentally reimagined how Telstra’s legal department operated which achieved a 15% reduction in operating costs.


Paul Fontaont  

National Practice Group Leader of the Forensic and Technology Service Team at Clayton Utz

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and licensed forensic investigator. He has worked with many multinational clients in identifying and managing fraud and corruption risk, as well as cyber-risk. His experience includes conducting fraud and regulatory investigations, designing and implementing Anti-Fraud Programs and corporate compliance programs, managing IT forensic analysis, preservation and data review programmes, as well as forensic accounting.