Tailored to your Firm's
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Tailor your Smokeball Spark experience to suit the specific needs of your firm. Whether you're focused on firm growth, future-proofing, technology integration, financial management, or the latest trends in your practice area, Spark offers a wide range of speaking sessions that have been designed to suit your needs. Plan your day strategically and access the most relevant insights for your firm’s success.

8:00 - 8:50 AM
9:00 - 9:15 AM
9:15 - 10:00 AM
Smokeball Vision & Product Innovations
Hunter Steele

In this session, Smokeball CEO, Hunter Steele, will share his insights into the future of the legal industry and the impact that he believes technology will have on the practice of law over the next year. Hunter will also provide a deep dive into the overarching vision behind Smokeball, and unveil a collection of brand new product features that Smokeball is set to introduce in the near future.

10:00 - 10:45 AM
Navigating Key Conversations In a Busy World
Ali Hill

In this dynamic and engaging keynote Ali will incorporate the latest research in psychology and provide practical tools for participants to walk away with, particularly aimed at achieving results out of those inevitable key conversations. Ali will explore: 


*  The foundational belief that changes how you turn up to tough conversations

* Tools to depersonalise feedback

* How your non-verbal communication makes all the difference when emotions run high 

* Shifting from chaos to calm amongst the busyness

10:45 - 11:15 AM
Morning Tea
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech & Change Lounge
Key Frameworks for Implementing Change in Your Firm
Karen Finch

Australian legal firms are frequently encouraged to innovate, modernise, and revamp existing processes in an effort to become a more future fit business. While this approach can undoubtedly boost efficiency, cut costs, and generate a competitive edge, there's a crucial, often overlooked, first step in this transformative journey – discovering your 'why.' During this session, Karen Finch, President, ALTA, will share the key questions that you need to ask before implementingsubstantial change in your firm. This session will provide a framework for firms who are implementing change in their business to ensure that it is done with clear vision, implementationparameters, and measurable outcomes. Key takeaways include:

·Identifying the core drivers of change within your firm and discovering your “why”

·Developing a comprehensive change strategy tailored to your firm's unique needs.

·Effectively communicating and managing change to ensure smooth transitions and improved outcomes.

Main Plenary
Professional Services Leadership in the Age of AI
Grant Herbert

Leadership has changed and so today's leaders need to be taught how to lead in today's world. Command and control and top down leadership does not work and far too many leaders are experiencing undue stress and burnout.


Attraction and retention of great talent is getting even harder so we all need to adjust what we are doing to engage and inspire ourselves and others to navigate the pace of change and uncertainty. In this session, you will learn what every leader needs to become to lead yourself and others well in this fast-paced, ever-changing marketplace.


·  A new definition of leadership for the age of AI

·  The 3 faces of professional services leadership

·  The 9 crucial shifts to have more influence, income, and impact, without burning out.

Law Lounge
Client Centricity & The Future of Conveyancing
Judith Hammerschlag

The field of conveyancing is undergoing a transformative shift in the digital age, and client relationships are more critical than ever. 

In this enlightening conference session, conveyancing expert and lawyer, Judith Hammerschlag will guide you through the latest trends and strategies to thrive in this evolving landscape. 

Learn how to leverage digital transformation, embrace a client-centric approach, and adapt to post-pandemic expectations. 

Discover the art of effective remote collaboration, educate clients in the modern era, and join us to explore the future of conveyancing and master the skills needed to build and maintain effective client relationships in this dynamic and competitive environment. 

Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and drive success in your conveyancing practice.

12:15 - 1:00 PM
Tech & Change Lounge
Smokeball Sessions: The Seamlessly Connected Law Firm
Adele Hoyle

As Australian law firms continue to favour the digitisation of legal processes and adoption of multiple technology solutions, it has also become increasingly important to closely monitor the effect that this is having on your teams and your clients.

During this session, Smokeball’s Chief Product Officer, Adele Hoyle, will address the pitfalls of having your technology exist in silos and share her concept of the ‘seamlessly connected law firm.’ Further, Adele will demonstrate how Smokeball can be used to unify your tech stack and ensure a cohesive experience for your legal teams and clients.

· Key challenges to consider when implementing multiple technology solutions

· How to successfully integrate new technology into your tech stack

· The benefits of a seamlessly connected law firm for both operations andclient experience

Main Plenary
From Surviving to Thriving in Financially Challenging Times
Clayton Oates

Some of the most successful businesses of today were created during the previous cycles of challenging financial times. Whilst we build and run our firms, and the world continues to change, so must we. Learning from the experience of others can provide valuable insights and action, leading into in uncertain economic times. The evolution of technology also provides opportunity to fine tune our firms’ processes, enhancing both the team and client experience and outcomes for the firm. In this session, join Clayton Oates, Founder, QA Business, who will explore how to embrace and navigate change in order to create a more fulfilling and financially rewarding firm. Key takeaways include:


·  Discover the key drivers to obtain leverage to free up your time and maximise returns for your firm.

·  Learn about key strategies to recession proof your practice.

·  Discover the key areas where professional service firms have implemented technology to enhance team performance and profitability.

·  Find out about the key metrics that impact the financial performance of your practice.

Law Lounge
Testamentary Trusts in the Modern World
Vik Sundar

In this session, Vik Sundar, Smokeball Precedent Author, Managing Director of specialist law firm Clear Law and Author of the Australian Testamentary Trust Master Guide will cover the following:

  • An overview of testamentary trusts;
  • How to supercharge your client’s estate planning;
  • An update on the ATO’s approach to testamentary trusts and tips and traps that advisers need to be aware of
  • An update on the treatment of testamentary trusts by the family court and from an asset protection perspective.


In this session you will get an understanding of how to utilise testamentary trusts in your firm and an understanding of their benefits, and limitations from a tax and asset protection point of view.

1:00 - 2:00 PM
2:00 - 2:45 PM
Tech & Change Lounge
Cyber Security in the Digital Age
John Ahern & Nadene Serman

In an era where our digital footprints are becoming incredibly complex and commodified, the legal industry has become a prime target for cyberattacks. How prepared is your firm? Join InfoTrack's Global Head of Property, John Ahern, and Global Chief of Technology Officer, Nadene Serman, as they delve into the importance of safeguarding sensitive information and maintaining the integrity of digital platforms. Key takeaways include:

·How do you safeguard yourself and your business.

·Ensuring your clients' data remains secure.

·Protocols for if you experience a cyberattack.

Main Plenary
Developing Your Brand and Acquiring Clients
Jessie Weatherley

In an increasingly competitive business landscape, generating a strong market presence has never been more vital to law firm success - But how can you effectively cut through the noise and create a memorable legal brand that attracts clients and wins more work?

During this presentation, Jessie Weatherly, Director, Jork Consulting, will share a collection of cost-effective marketing strategies specifically tailored to support Australian legal firms in developing their brands and acquiring new clients. Key takeaways include:

·How to craft a compelling legal brand that resonates with your target audience.

·The most cost-effective acquisition channels that can be used by your firm to support your goals.

·Proven methods that can help retain clients and turn them into brand advocates.

Law Lounge
Voice of a Child - Tommy Film Screening + Q&A
Darren Mort

Tommy the Movie shows the messiness and heartbreak of divorce as captured from the child’s point of view. Tommy is the 2019 short-length feature film about a young boy, whose parents are ensnared in a bitter custody battle. It follows the journey of a child trying to escape the bitterness and violence he sees around him, from those who are meant to love him best.

During this session, Spark delegates will receive a private screening of Tommy the Movie and will receive the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Director, Darren Mort

3:00 - 3:45 PM
Tech & Change Lounge
Smokeball Sessions: The Financially Informed Law Firm
Clayton Oates

Join Clayton Oates, Founder of QA Business, for a live session where he performs a comprehensive financial assessment with a law firm that utilises Smokeball. This session will explore how legal professionals can leverage Smokeball's robust features to gain essential insights into their firm's financial health. Clayton, with his extensive accounting expertise, will demonstrate how this data can empower law firms to make more strategic and informed financial decisions. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to effectively manage your law firm's finances using Smokeball.

Main Plenary
The Great AI Debate - Is AI a Threat to the Legal Profession?
Fiona McLay, Shelley Burger, David Gale & David Turner

The emergence of artificial intelligence platforms such as ChatGPT have sparked significant debate regarding the future of the legal industry. In early 2023, news broke that an AI powered program would for the first time in human history represent a client in court, and so arose the question – Will platforms such as ChatGPT ultimately benefit society’s access to justice, or do these new platforms represent a threat to law as we know it?

Join us at the Great Debate as four industry thought leaders and self-proclaimed AI enthusiasts come head-to-head and debate the key ethical considerations that have emerged with the rise of ChatGPT.

Law Lounge
Family Violence - It's Not Just Physical.
Lauren Cassimatis

Family Violence. It’s not just physical. It’s not just about a ‘useless piece of paper’.

Join Lauren Cassimatis, Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, for a discussion on legal and strategic considerations when representing clients accused of family violence offences. Learn more about:

·  The meaning of family violence and coercive control

·  The complex and cumulative way in which family violence matters overlap or intersect in the family law, civil law and criminal law jurisdictions

·  The possible legal and personal ramifications of intervention orders, family violence offences and breaches in criminal proceedings and parenting matters.

A must for all family and criminal lawyers.

3:45 - 4:15 PM
Afternoon Tea
4:15 - 5:00 PM
Against All Odds: A Deep Dive into the 2018 Thai Cave Rescue
Dr. Richard Harris OAM

Join us for a captivating keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Harris OAM, 2019 Australian of the Year and the renowned cave diver and anaesthetist behind the 2018 Thai Cave rescue mission. During this keynote, Dr. Harris will detail the complex emotions he experienced as he was cast into the global spotlight and tasked with the rescue of 12 Thai children who become trapped in a flooded cave in the Chiang Rai province of Thailand. Further, Dr. Harris will expand on the critical decision-making and leadership skills that enabled him to triumph despite near-impossible odds. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a true Australian hero, whose story contains a wealth of lessons that can be applied to both business and life.

5:30 - 7:30 PM
Ignite Social