Legal Innovation Index


Winners for the  2017 Legal Innovation Index Announced

Janders Dean and Lexis Nexis are proud to announce the 2017 Legal Innovation Index Winners.    Firms and individuals have recognised for cutting edge innovation in technology, document management, operational efficiency and AI and more.
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In response to a rapidly changing industry impacted by innovations across areas such as staffing , Janders Dean launched the Australian and New Zealand annual Legal Innovation Index for the legal industry in 2013 with the support and sponsorship of LexisNexis. Now in the sixth successful year, the 2017 Legal Innovation Index seeks to provide national recognition to the most innovative firms and legal teams in Australia and New Zealand, through initiatives that deliver uniqueness and value to their clients and differentiate their organisation.

“Since the inception of this Index, we are proud to have seen some amazing innovations being rolled out by legal firms, in-house counsels as well as individual innovators, a category that was introduced just last year”, explains Simon Wilkins, General Manager, LexisNexis Australia. “We are optimistic about the new practices and strategies which have been implemented since each annual Index has been announced, and hope to see an exponential growth in entries this year.”

2017 Winners

“In a time of great noise and confusion with respect to innovation and disruption in our industry, there is a subset of individuals and organisations who are quietly moving beyond the hype, and towards true differentiation,” says North. “Some firms ‘talk’, and some firms ‘do’. The Index has been the benchmark for separating these, and for recognising those who continue to push the boundaries and shape the future of the legal industry.”

 Justin North, Director, Janders Dean.

2018 Judging Panel

Executive Director, LexisNexis

Whit is an accomplished senior executive with leading global providers in B2B and B2C industries with significant experience in product management, P&L management, corporate & market strategy, business / corporate development, customer research, product marketing, product planning, customer segmentation analysis, and operations management. Expert at building solution businesses, planning product development initiatives, and delivering executable go-to-market plans. He currently leads strategy and new products for LexisNexis APAC.

Whit’s previous experiences include roles where he directed product management, presented business cases, led market expansion analysis, and had global responsibility for strategy and business development / acquisition strategy of content and software products at LexisNexis. He also led strategy and growth initiatives in brand/product management and various sales roles at Procter & Gamble. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Justin Moses

Head of Knowledge & Development; Compliance, Legal & Secretariat at Westpac Banking Corporation

Justin Moses has enjoyed a 30 year in-house career at Westpac, and has direct experience of the evolution of in-house practices over that time. Having held a variety of advisory, leadership and now practice management roles in Westpac’s Legal team, Justin continues to be closely involved in seeking out and implementing best practice performance disciplines across the Westpac Group’s Compliance, Legal & Secretariat functions

Monica Parker

Founder Hatch Analytics

Monica brings to the table a vast knowledge of navigating and communicating organisational change. An international TEDx speaker and presenter, she is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and has appeared on BBC Radio and BBC Worldwide as an authority on workplace strategy. Beginning her career as a museum exhibition designer for the Wolfsonian in Miami Beach, she has a solid foundational knowledge of people-centred design. Her work as a homicide investigator defending death row inmates for Florida’s Department of Justice brought her a more intimate appreciation of the impact of environment on mental health and behaviour.

Monica studied design at the University of Miami and received her MSc (Distinction) in Sustainable Management from Queens University Belfast with a specialism in predictive behaviour in the workplace.

As the first woman appointed to an operational board of Morgan Sindall, a FTSE 250 company, Monica understands the intricacies and challenges of corporate manoeuvring. She brings this experience to bear for her primarily FTSE 100 clients. Other clients have included hyper-growth tech firms such as LinkedIn, Google and Microsoft, as well as a substantial nonprofit and charitable client base, including Wateraid and Diabetes UK.

Her role at HATCH is to help clients challenge their notion of the status quo, and see the performance benefits of workplace transformation.

Sam Fernando

Director Organisational development, Asia Pac Talent Pillar Lead – PWC

Samantha has more than 20 years experience in the corporate and consulting environments within the L&D, HR and OD fields. Some key achievements include, Design and implementation of a highly successful leadership and cultural transformation agenda for a top tier commercial law firm. Samantha was also the Co-creator of the Future of Work: People, Place, Technology Conference. She has extensive HR and L&D corporate experience through leadership roles at leading law firms including Clayton Utz, Minter Ellison, King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills. In addition, consulting to many industries including JP Morgan Singapore/Hong Kong, Myer, Dibbs Abbott Stillman, Mills Oakley, Varian, St. George Bank, Olex, Vision Australian and Department of Sustainability & Environment.

Samantha’s purpose is to help organisations, educational institutions and cross-industry collaborations to transform the paradigm of organisational life toward individual and collective enrichment and growth.

“My role is to co-create and implement new possibilities in alignment with the vision of the organisation. I am known for stretching the boundaries of what is possible, in a collaborative way that develops and nurtures talent and enables excellence in performance and delivery of outcomes.”

Ryanne Lai

Business & Product Director @ Dragon Law
The New Face of Business Law

Ryanne believes that businesses of all sizes should be able to access affordable legal services. By co-founding Dragon Law, she is working to transform the way small businesses in Asia manage otherwise complex and expensive legal processes. Dragon Law’s technology helps companies in Singapore and Hong Kong build legal documents they need at every stage of the business. Their interactive app allows users to create, customise and store legal documents in the cloud for sharing and signing online.
Ryanne is also the co-founder of Perpetu, an application that allows users to decide what happens to their online accounts after their death. She has previously practiced at Mayer Brown and was educated at The Univeristy of Hong Kong.

Nicole Shanahan

Founder & CEO – ClearAccessIP

Nicole Shanahan is an attorney in California and a residential fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center of Legal Informatics, a joint center between Stanford Law School and Computer Science. She is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP an integrated patent management technology, and a legal technologist who specializes in the utilization of structured databases, APIs, UI/UX, automation and SaaS. Her research at Stanford is entitled “Smart Prosecution,” an ongoing, multi-disciplinary project applying data science to the prosecutorial process and involving partnerships with district attorneys and police departments.

Des Butler


In 2001 Professor Des Butler was first to innovate the traditional didactic learning and teaching approach in Contract Law units for first-year students. He then went on to develop interactive modules for students using complex narratives and simulations using CGI videos. Professor Butler is the creator and/or leader of 16 different technology-based innovations which have influenced advanced teaching methods in the new Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree. His students consistently rate him highly in feedback and evaluation processes because of his support towards their learning.

Des worked as a solicitor specialising in insurance litigation before joining QUT’s Faculty of Law full-time in 1989. He became a senior lecturer in 1995, Associate Professor in 2001 and Professor in 2004. He was appointed Assistant Dean, Research from November 1997 to 2002 and was acting Dean in February 2002. Professor Butler is the only academic to win the prestigious LexisNexis/Australasian Law Teachers Association Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law twice – first in 2008 and then again in 2014. He has been chief investigator for many projects granted funds by the Australian Research Council and is a member of the editorial boards for the Torts Law Journal and the Legal Education Review.

Chloe Bennett

Chloe is a final year student at the University
of Queensland studying Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts. She has previously worked as a digital strategist for a Brisbane-based start up, and as a legal support officer for the Queensland Government Public Safety Business Agency. Currently, she works in the
Brisbane office of Clayton Utz as a research clerk in the firm’s Public Sector group. Chloe sits on the UQ Pro Bono Centre’s Student Advisory Panel.

In 2015 she was a member of the University of Queensland Law Society executive, and in 2016 she has served
as the secretary of the Justice and the Law society. Chloe is passionate about modernising the court system and enhancing access to justice through technology.

Justin North – Janders Dean
Justin is the founder and director of Janders Dean International. He specialises in the area of assessing and developing knowledge and information management strategic roadmaps, analysing unique lawyer behaviours, and maximising the adoption of knowledge initiatives. Justin thrives in leading Knowledge Management and Information Technology planning projects aimed at improving firm efficiencies, profitability, fee earner working practices and user experiences.

His role requires in depth expertise and understanding not only of law firm management processes and emerging technologies, but also of the unique law firm processes and objectives (the way in which lawyers and law firm user communities operate), which, in turn are interpreted into process and application designs which are sensitive to change management, usability, and risk management requirements of users, law firm management and external clients.

Travis Leon – Co-Founder/Executive Director Microsystems