Legal Procurement Forum 2016

The Legal Procurement Forum 2016, held in October 2016, was Asia-Pacific’s first event dedicated solely to the topic of legal procurement.

The Forum was well attended by General Counsels, Senior In-House Counsels, Executives and Procurement professionals who are involved in the purchasing and management of legal services.

This was a closed room event, with Chatham House Rules and there was no representation from external legal services providers.

The forum was a huge success with 64 attendees across three cities – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Amongst attendees were representatives from key government agencies and major corporations across industry sectors including insurance, energy and resources, FMCG, retail, property and education.

An impressive list of guest speakers shared their stories and opinions on the current state of the legal industry and future direction.

Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of legal procurement, shared the most recent trends and the impetus behind the growing trend of ‘buying legal’.

Jonathan Benson spoke passionately on legal procurement strategies that he has used over his extensive career as a senior in-house counsel with RBS. With much of the discussion under the Chatham House Rules adopted for the event, attendees were provided with a unique insight into Jonathan’s experiences and perspective.

Warwick Walsh from Lawcadia discussed the roles and principles of procurement and shared their strategic approach to legal procurement.

According to Mr Walsh, feedback from attendees has been positive and planning is already underway for the next series of events.

“We want to keep this candid discussion of the legal industry on the agenda. The benefits of adopting best practice principles are far reaching and we’re keen to share learnings for the benefit of the industry.”