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Technology and the Law Committee

The LIV Technology and the Law Committee is a Committee of the LIV Council. The primary purposes and objectives of the Committee, as set out in its Terms of Reference, are to:

  • monitor and advise the LIV of issues and opportunities relating to technology and the law
  • educate the legal profession about the use, risks and benefits of technology to promote greater uptake and understanding of technology in legal practice.

The Committee comprises four sub-groups for its members to actively participate in.

1. Technology Standards and Practice Management

The purpose of this sub-group is to discuss and promote the setting of minimum standards and guidelines for legal practitioners in the use of technology.

2. Innovation and Best Practice

The purpose of this sub-group is to discuss and promote the use of technology in legal practice, in the context of questions such as how can we do it better? How can we be more effective? What are things that people are doing? What has worked and what has not?

3. Technology Reform, Legislation and Regulation

The purpose of this sub-group is to look at ways in which the use of technology is inhibited or restrained by legislation, regulation, or bureaucracy and, on the contrary, what dangers are inherent in the use of technology that require legislation and regulation to provide protection against.

This sub-group also examines how lawyers and the legal industry can work with the technology industry in ensuring that we maximise the benefits to society of technology tools, while also protecting against the potential risks and downsides that such technologies might then create.

4. Privacy Working Group

This sub-group focuses on advocacy and education in the privacy and data retention sphere. The core themes of this sub-group include supporting the lawyers who provide advice to clients about privacy, designing privacy obligations so they can be implemented, and helping lawyers with their own compliance.

Co-Chairs: Fabian Horton and Adam Wakeling

Council Members: Brendan Lacota and Maryjane Crabtree

How to join the Technology and the Law Committee

All LIV members are entitled to join the Technology and the Law Committee. Please note that a condition of membership is that all members must join, and actively participate in, at least one sub-group. For further information about joining the Committee, please contact techandprivacy@liv.asn.au.