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Insights Series

The LIV Insights series (formerly President's Leadership Lunches) is our flagship event offering you, your guests and your clients an opportunity to gain insights into the thoughts of some of the most influential people in the country.

The unparalleled quality of our presenters reflects the series' purpose to build powerful connections and encourage strong debate on issues impacting the legal profession.

Embraced by leaders of the legal profession in Victoria, the Insights series has become a powerful activity for business development and networking.

Drugs in Sport – 20 April 2017

Despite the increasing stringency of testing, drug use in sport continues to make international headlines. From the scandal in the Essendon Football Club, to the removal of Russian Olympic team members, to the Lance Armstrong doping debacle – this fascinating legal and moral issue permeates the professional sporting and legal communities.

Touching on his experiences with anti-doping laws, Mark “Bomber” Thompson will be our keynote speaker at the second LIV Insights series breakfast. Mark is currently a co-host and presenter on AFL 360 and a former AFL premiership captain and dual premiership coach..

The discussion for this activity is: whether the war on drugs in sport is actually working.

Keynote Presenter

Mark “Bomber” Thompson, Former AFL Premiership Captain and Dual Premiership Coach

Mark is a retired Australian rules footballer and former senior coach. He played 202 games for the Essendon Football Club from 1983 to 1996, captaining the side from 1992 until 1995. After retiring, he was an assistant coach at Essendon and then at North Melbourne before becoming the senior coach of the Geelong Football Club from 2000 to 2010 and coaching them to two premierships. In November 2010, Thompson returned to Essendon as senior assistant coach and was then appointed the senior coach for the 2014 season. Since leaving the club at the end of 2014, he has been a presenter on AFL 360 on Fox Sports, and has recently worked as a special comments AFL match commentator for Foxtel and 3AW.


Kim Brennan AM (née Crow), Olympic Gold Medallist Rower, Chair of the Australia Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, Lawyer

Kim is an Olympic Gold medallist in rowing. She won herself a seat in the Australian women's eight within eight months of starting rowing, and went on to win a World Championships bronze medal that year. Kim has been crowned World Champion in the single scull in 2013 and 2015 and was voted world female rower of the year in 2013. While rowing, she has worked as a lawyer both in private practice in intellectual property law, commercial law and sports law, and then as in-house counsel at Basketball ACT. Recruited by Ernst and Young in 2016, Kim combines her employment with various charity initiatives including the Good Sports Program and the Kafue River and Rowing Centre in Zambia.

Patrick Keyzer, Head of La Trobe Law School, Chair of Law and Public Policy, and Chair of the Fitness Industry Standards Council of Australia

A barrister, Professor Keyzer recently and successfully represented a former player of the Essendon Football Club in a successful quest to obtain documents, and a settlement, after the now infamous supplements scandal. From 2012 to 2015 Professor Keyzer was the lead chief investigator for the Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management ("AFIRM") Project, which produced a suite of risk management resources and tools for that industry. In 2016, Keyzer was appointed to be the first chair of the new Australian Fitness Industry Standards Council.

Moderator: Paul Horvath, Principal, Sports Lawyer

Brave New World of Law – 20 July 2016

The launch of the new Insights series was held on 20 July 2016. In his keynote address, Phil Ruthven AM introduced the “state of the market” and how it is changing in Australia and around the world. Phil is the founder of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services. His leading insights and knowledge are sought by more than 1600 of Australias largest corporations and government authorities.

Attendees then joined our panel of innovators and thought leaders as they discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing face of the legal industry as it is impacted by quickly emerging technologies and new legal practice business models.

Keynote Speaker

Phil Ruthven AM, Futurist and Founder of IBISWorld

Phil's company now operates in Australia, the United States, Canada, China, United Kingdom and Indonesia. IBISWorld plans to add the rest of the European Union and Japan over the next five years. In 2014 Phil became a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to business and commerce, and to the community. He contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries on business, economic and social issues.

He continues to be one of Australias most frequent and prolific commentators in demand by the media, and is widely considered the nations most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters. He addresses about 50–60 congresses, seminars and conferences each year and has done so for three decades. His involvement as a communicator takes him around Australia and overseas.


Scott Chamberlain BEc LLB, Senior Lecturer, Australian National Universitys Legal Workshop

Scott Chamberlain is the founder of Wellspring Legal Pty Ltd, a law firm that is part of the NewLaw revolution whose aim is to deliver a justice dividend by revitalising legal practice for the benefit of clients and society. He is also chairman of the boutique Canberra corporate law firm, Chamberlains Law, a senior lecturer in law at the Australian National Universitys Legal Workshop in the Masters of Legal Practice, and chairman of the ACT Screen Industry Association.

Ian Hendey, Chief Practitioner Services Officer, Property Exchange Australia Limited (PEXA)

Ian joined PEXA in April 2014 as chief practitioner services officer, where he works closely with law firms across the country in their transition to a digitised future. With more than 3500 legal and conveyancing firms now part of PEXAs online property lodgement and settlement network, Ian plays a critical role in helping firms integrate PEXAs capability into their day-to-day business practices. Prior to PEXA, Ian held senior leadership positions at a number of local and international financial institutions including ME Bank, GE Capital, Commonwealth Bank and ANZ.

Meda Royall, Founder and CEO, Your Law Firm

Meda combines big law firm experience with a direct understanding of challenges facing sole practitioners. She has achieved many distinctions in her varied legal career, including finalist in the 2015 Law Institute of Victoria Awards as Suburban Lawyer of the Year. Her vision and personal experience led to creating Your Law Firm – Australia's first franchised law firm – delivering personalised, convenient legal services to local clients based on fixed, transparent fees. Meda is a disruptor focused on changing the face and practice of law in Australia.

David Wells, Managing Principal, Moores

David was admitted to practice in 1984 and in 1993, he was accredited as specialist in commercial litigation by the LIV. He maintained that accreditation until two years after becoming Moores’ first managing principal in 2007. During the last five years, he has overseen the transition of the practice from a business model based on time recording to universal pricing for value. Moores dispensed with time sheets in 2013. The business model change was a catalyst for the practice to experiment with a range of other initiatives, which the Moores principals believe has equipped them well to take advantage of the new knowledge economy.

Moderator: Katie Miller, Innovation Counsel, VGSO, LIV Immediate Past President